Patrick Bernatchez: Lost in Time. West gallery, The Hague

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At West gallery there are four movies on show by Patrick Bernatchez at the moment. I saw parts of three of them. It is difficult to make a choice, but you have to, as seeing all of them would take you more than two hours, which in itself might be a good idea if you want to have a Bernatchez movie afternoon. Bernatchez has a preoccupation with time and connected to that: space, viewing angle, rhythm and narrative. It results in some fascinating works.

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Like Piano Orbital.01 in which Guillaume Lekeu’s piano sonata is taken as a starting point. Things, including the music, are literally taken upside down and into orbit. The music seems to become timeless and the concert hall space becomes unlimited.

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Monumental Lost in Time brings in the idea of a narrative that may refer to any other mythical, legendary, historic, future or real narrative in any time and in any space. Literally on top of that snow seems to cover up everything, including any remembrances of the past, present or future.

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As for Trilogie Chrysalides, i only saw a short excerpt of it, so go and see it for yourself!

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Bertus Pieters

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