Manon de Boer
3 July – 15 September 2017
Personal narration and/or musical interpretation define both the method and the subject of Manon de Boer’s practice. Working primarily with the moving image, over twenty years she has composed a series of “portrait films” that explore the intimate relationship between language, memory, sound, and time while continuously interrogating truth claims, biographical narratives, and the medium of film itself.
Manon de Boer (b. 1966) is a Dutch artist based in Brussels. She completed her artistic education at the Akademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam, and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her work has received wide international recognition. Her most recent solo shows include presentations at Secession, Vienna, Austria (2016), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2013), Philadelphia Museum of Art, United States (2012); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, United States (2011).
In the past four years, de Boer has been questioning her practice and the impact that critical recognition and the professionalization of her work as a practicing artist has made upon her creative process. At this self-reflective juncture, the artist is interested in the conditions for thinking and inspiration, investigating notions of open-ended time and of personal and societal rhythms. In her view, to place aimless, untroubled” time in relation to creativity, research, and production offers a political counterpoint to the outcome-driven model that rules the art world and our contemporary life, opening up a space for creation that allows for experimentation, boredom, and failure. During the residency, de Boer plans to further develop this research engaging in conversation with a variety of experts that can help her reframe the question of time.
Film Screening and Conversation with Manon de Boer (Netherlands/Belgium), Artist-in-Residence
The latest film produced by Artist-in-Residence Manon de Boer, An Experiment in Leisure (2016, 35 min) whispers a collective reflection on the rhythms of creation and on the relationship between free time and creativity. Drawing on the theories of British psychoanalyst Marion Milner (1900-1998) about the dynamics of concentration, daydreaming, and open-ended time, de Boer collected the voices of several artists reflecting upon their creative processes and weaved them together with the sounds a Norwegian seascape. Capturing the images of the artists’ empty workspaces and those of the deserted marine landscape, the film slows down the process of perception and composes a lyrical essay on leisure as a condition for inspiration.
Held in The Single Screen, the screening will be introduced by a conversation between the artist and Dr Anna Lovecchio, Curator, Residencies.