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“I almost reached the other side of the universe.”
This compliment I’ll never forget, because it expressed exactly what, in those days, I was trying to achieve. The first mirjamsvideos are characterised by long scenes in which the world in some way seems unreal, questionable, played in slow motion. But, no, this is all real, the real speed of life.
What I wanted was to give people something that is different from their normal experience, and I wanted to achieve this by the use of scenes from normal life. I wanted them to immerse themselves in the worlds presented, travel somewhere else (inside themselves) and come out sort of renewed, the way one feels at the end of a very relaxing holiday, or after a successful meditation.
And though this intention is not forgotten, over time the videos started to show they wanted to explore different directions…
AERO was the first big work I completed after having left the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
She got her good looks in Norway, where I spent 2 years surrounded by nature´s splendour in the middle of city life. Her voice was given to her when I left this foggy, rainy, snowy, icy paradise for warmer surroundings: Portugal, and it was given to her by: João Madeira.
She is a musical & visual meditation on those things that cannot be captured in words, concepts, that which moves all.
That, which 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.
Photograph by João Pisco from a live performance of AERO at Fabrica Braço de Prata, Lisboa.
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.
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