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Barbara Visser special guest at Paradocs


Alongside a film program in the cinemas at IDFA, this year Paradocs – IDFA’s program focusing on the experimental documentary – will present three special programs.
The principal guest of Paradocs this year is Dutch visual artist and filmmaker Barbara Visser. In addition to a program consisting of five ‘making-of’ films, Visser has created a film installation specially for Paradocs, which can be seen during the festival in Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond.
During the last weekend of the festival and in cooperation with Amsterdam Art Weekend, IDFA will also be showing a selection of recent video artworks from Amsterdam galleries.
And for the second time, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum and Paradocs will present a joint program in which the Stedelijk Museum will organize a special IDFA tour.

The three special Paradocs programs have received financial support from Ammodo.

This year’s Paradocs film program consists of 11 documentaries that explore in different ways where the documentary and visual art intersect. These films will be screened in four blocks. Nothing is Going to Happen is one of the two Dutch productions included in the program: in this film, director Roeland van Doorn hacks into unsecured signals from security cameras to give an impression of clandestine surveillance in the Netherlands. In Dust Breeding, Belgian artist Sarah Vanagt explores the court using a piece of paper and a pencil during the trial against Radovan Karadžic.

Paradocs: Barbara Visser – The Making of Movies
Visual artist and filmmaker Barbara Visser (Haarlem, 1966) is this year’s special guest of IDFA’s Paradocs strand. Visser studied photography and audiovisual art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In her work, she investigates the interaction between recording and dramatization, original and copy, history and memory. Visser has won several international awards, and her work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2012, her documentary C.K. was included in Paradocs.
Her contribution this year is twofold. On the one hand, she has compiled the film program The Making of Movies, in which five ‘making-of’ documentaries can be seen, dealing with the process of creating five classic feature films. In addition, Visser has created the film installation Take 0: The Making of Symbiopsychotaxiplasm specially for the program. This installation was inspired by William Greaves’ film Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968), which is also one of the films she has selected for the festival. This installation is both a new ‘making of’ and a modern translation of this recently rediscovered classic film, and can be seen during IDFA in De Brakke Grond.

Paradocs: Amsterdam Art Weekend at IDFA
Amsterdam Art Weekend (AAW) takes place from 29 November to 1 December. In cooperation with Paradocs, AAW will show a selection of 14 recent video artworks by leading Amsterdam galleries, De Rijksakademie and De Ateliers. Works by the likes of Juul Hondius, Charlotte Dumas and Saskia Olde Wolbers will be exhibited at IDFA locations. The programs will be introduced and presented by Bart Rutten, curator at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum.

IDFA@Stedelijk Museum
Paradocs and the Stedelijk Museum are working together for a second year, this time on a special IDFA tour of the museum itself. In this tour, the museum’s collection – from video art and photography to paintings and drawings – will be looked at from a documentary perspective. The central question is how visual artists deal with representing reality. The tour lasts 90 minutes.

The three special Paradocs programs have received financial support from Ammodo.

The IDFA press conference will take place on Wednesday, 6 November. Festival director Ally Derks will announce the latest festival news and talk about the program. The opening film of IDFA 2013 will then be screened.
The press conference and press screening will take place from 10 a.m. to approx. 12.30 p.m. in the IDFA screening room at Frederiksplein 52 in Amsterdam.
If you wish to attend, please contact Eva van Barneveld in advance.


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