IMPAKT TV with Guido van der Werve
On the futility and the beauty of existence
Location: Online: Planet IMPAKT
On 14 April the artist Guido van der Werve will be our guest on IMPAKT TV, a series of monthly online events in which we will be looking at our guests’ work and reflecting with them on current trends and news in art, technology and the media. Guido van der Werve works at the boundaries between performance, conceptual art and film, with Romanticism, nature and the sublime never far away.
Over the past twenty years, Guido van der Werve has built up a set of internationally famous video works. The main themes include humour, classical music and extreme physical exertion. In his best-known work, Nummer acht, everything is going to be alright (2007), he can be seen as a solitary figure trudging along on a vast expanse of ice, with a huge icebreaker approaching from behind; or else he is running around his house for twelve hours without stopping, or standing at the North Pole for 24 hours with the earth revolving beneath his feet, or completing a 1,700-kilometre triathlon – between the church in Warsaw where Chopin’s heart is buried and his official grave in Paris. Guido van der Werve’s poetic films are about not only the pointlessness of existence, but also its beauty.
A major retrospective exhibition of his work (Palpable futility) can now be seen at the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam, from 12 February to 29 May 2022. Currently he is working on his first feature length film.
Tune in on 14 April from 20:00h at Planet IMPAKT.
About IMPAKT TV:
Every month we invite an artist, journalist, researcher or writer to discuss their work and the latest news and trends in art, tech and media, must-see exhibitions and events.
IMPAKT TV is live-streamed every first Thursday of the month at https://planet.impakt.nl
The IMPAKT TV editorial team consists of Arjon Dunnewind (General Director at IMPAKT), Michelle Franke (head of PR at IMPAKT), Friso Wiersum (European Cultural Foundation, Expodium) and Rosa Wevers (PhD candidate Gender Studies at Utrecht University). Read more about IMPAKT TV
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Guido van der Werve― Artist
Born in 1977, Papendrecht, The Netherlands. Lives and works in Berlin. Van der Werve was raised playing classical piano, but changed to visual arts later in life. He studied Audio Visual Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in 2006 & 2007. He was also part of the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, 2008, and resident at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, in 2011. Van der Werve initially started out as a performance artist, but unwilling to perform live and more than once, he began to document his performances. Developing this practice, he quickly got interested in film and cinematography, where he found a similar emotional directness as in music, which he was missing in visual arts. The key element of his works is still performance, but he added music, text, sport and atmospheric scenes as returning elements. His works are characterised by long meditative shots and a refusal to work with actors. Since 2007 he composes his own music. Up to this point, Guido van der Werve has created fifteen elaborate works, which have been exhibited and screened widely, finding recognition in both the art and film world. He has received many awards including the Volkskrant Beeldende kunst prijs in 2007, a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2008, the Prix International d’Art Contemporain of the Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco in 2010, the Charlotte Koehler Prijs from the Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds in 2012 and the Grand Prix (Gouden Kalf) for best short film at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2013. Van der Werve’s works have been exhibited extensively in venues like the Kunsthalle Basel, MoMA/PS1, the Venice Biennial, Performa, the Moscow Biennial, the Istanbul Biennial and Manifesta.