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train of thought

mirjamsvideos, 1983, the Netherlands

Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium

mirjamsmailadres@ gmail.com, Lisbon, Portugal


I grew up in a house that sort of resembled a zoo. The greatest spectacle my father had ever made, was a 20 square meter rainforest in the attic, where hummingbirds flew around and frogs and lizards were trying their best not to be seen.
With my parents I learned to see that which often goes unnoticed, to appreciate that which is silent, small, pure, magnificent.


Years later, during my studies in Photography I found a few words of a modern philosopher that said that: “A feeling of sadness arises in people, when looking at a beautiful work of art or being in a beautiful piece of nature. It reminds them of the absence of this beauty in normal days and they wonder, why not everyday life can be like this.”

It was the saddest thought for me, for, though sometimes it´s not easy to see, normals days too are full of beauty. And one needs not a small rainforest in the attic to encounter the magic, the uttermost beauty is in the ordinary too.

Next to that, it was a scary thought as well, for the simple not noticing of something, can destroy everything. So I started to document the little wonders that came my way, hoping that by showing what I saw, I could learn others to see, like my parents taught me, and all I held so dear would be protected.


The change from photography to video came by pure chance (the oh so common video feature on a digital photo camera). Though the videos still hold to their photographic roots, the change to include time was a necessary step to take to show the pure beauty of daily life, which is all dances of subtle change over time.


I travel as much as I can. Seeing new places and different ways of living, has greatly enriched my life and my work:      I followed trails of ants, I hugged stray cats in the streets, I floated above the earth in cable carts, saw insects that can walk on water, drank too many coffees and didn't sleep. I tasted the snow and froze a camera, sat by a pool for hours watching the floating leaves. A bug got lost in my hair, I searched for lizards in the parks, I watched the dust flying around in hotel rooms and the birds in the sky.


Still, many of the videos were shot in or from my own living room and even through the bathroom window.

"I felt like in a dream" she said, ignited, illuminated, slightly intoxicated.....


Coming soon.


Though often lost, this is the best train to be on

Because once lost, it can just go back and try again

Or try a different track

And go to places yet unseen, yet unknown

Listen is ruled by a doubtful world; appearing peaceful, yet constantly being ´disturbed´ by tiny things bursting with life.

It´s 5 scenes together create an odd play between micro and macro worlds, at moments when everything is almost colourless, creating a strangeness and letting the question arise whether what is seen is something sinister, sad, or just utterly beautiful.


Our lives bring us these moments of doubt as well, and only too often do we choose to see them through dark eyes.

Aero is that which cannot be captured in words, concepts. It is that which moves all.


It is as sound, music, the unifying force of Aero, that as a work of art, reveals itself in many different forms.


But itself, it is no-form. It is like a play between air and water, the two elements through which sound travels out and inside of you, transforming the air, the atmosphere around you and the world inside of you.


The artwork Aero shows all being moved by something one cannot see. Like us Aero seems to be searching for what form to give to that which is present. But completion never arises, all stays in a state of play of form in formlessness and, unlike us, becomes more playful and gracious as it moves along.




Aero´s sounds are created by portuguese composer João Madeira.

2012, 07-03 – 31-04 – AERO @ Fábrica Braço de Prata, Lisboa, Portugal


2012, 06-09 – 08-09 – AERO, memories, ice, ladybird @ Cinemabioscoop, Lisboa, Portugal


2015, 07-02 – 21-02 AERO @ Deconstruções Construtivas, Santerem, Portugal


2015, 26-03 – AERO @ Slingshot Festival, Athens, USA


2015, 01-04 – ongoing – listen @ disCorporate Bodies, The Unstitute, online


2015, 25-04 – listen @ Filmideo, Newark, USA


2015, 08-10 – 31-10 listen @ Miami New Media Festival, USA


2015, 16-10 – AERO @ AURORA festival, Dallas, USA

exhibitions

2011, 23-11, Plugged & Unplugged, Vinyl, Lisboa, Portugal


2012, 07+31-03, Fábrica Braço de Prata, Lisboa, Portugal


2012, 06-12, Ora Bolas!, Demimonde, Lisboa, Portugal


2015, 19-02, Deconstruções Construtivas, Santerem, Portugal


2016, 15-10, PedraPapelTesoura, Flores do Cabo, Sintra, Portugal

live performances

http://issuu.com/stigmart10press/docs/stigmart_videofocus_-_special_issue_bffdb23ac34741/44

publication

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