Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, De Bloemenfontein van Worpswede (The Flower Fountain of Worpswede), 1646, The Hague

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De Bloemenfontein van Worpswede (The Flower Fountain of Worpswede) is a recent video work by Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, presently on show in 1646 gallery.

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The work consists of a sequence of scenes in which the actors don’t move and are silent. Some of the protagonists look neutral and unmoved, others

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look mentally disturbed. Where the scenes show a combination of the persons, they don’t look at each other, they all seem to be locked up in their

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own hermetic worlds. Further on, the storyline, as far as there is one, has a Pygmalion-like aspect. There is a story, told by a voice-over and

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subtitled in English, which is more or less absurdist and which has apparently nothing to do with the scenes in the video. In a way it perverts

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the sequence of the film. As far as that is on purpose, it has succeeded, however, as far as i am concerned, that could have been

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done with any other text. Moreover the sequence of scenes are so strong and so well balanced that any other textual addition would be obsolete. Nevertheless, go

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and see this great video work, and if you find the text to be a strong aspect of the work, that’s all the better for you!

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

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