Eliane Bots

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Disciplines: Fotograaf, Mediakunstenaar, Videokunstenaar

Omschrijving werk

I think that one of the most beautiful aspects of our lives is meeting others, listening to their stories, sharing their journeys of imagination and learning from the experience. For me, filmmaking broadens and deepens this experience. It gives me space to follow my curiosity about other people and create lengthy encounters with them. Looking back at my own life, it has given me an amazing archive of memories of all the people I have met. The attempt to understand the other and through this, ourselves, is at the core of what filmmaking is for me. I realize that we might always be outsiders in the lives of other people, however, making and watching films can help bring us closer to the other and understand what drives that person. I see film as the ultimate medium of relationships, where the story of the other can (temporarily) become our own. My films are an exploration and visualisation of our layered reality; going beyond that which is visible at first glance. These are narratives that help us deal with those aspects of life that we might find incomprehensible; that help us to make decisions; help us to survive and to connect to our feelings, memories and imaginations. The encounter is an essential element of my work; it marks the beginning of my work process and is a subject of study itself. During the course of the encounter I am exploring and varying my role and position and the possibilities this presents for the viewer to assume my role, become part of the encounter and to connect their own personal narrative to the one in the film. Intimacy is a fundamental aspect of my work, essential to sharing and exchanging these invisible inner narratives during an encounter. Keywords in my work method are observing, listening and contemplating. A recurrent theme in my work is family (generations); the physical and invisible mental relationships between family members and their interaction with their surroundings, often their homes. I am interested in the

Werk

The Brick House
Titel The Brick House
Jaartal 2017
Omschrijving THE BRICK HOUSE, 15.49 min. Swahili / English subtitles Two friends, Sapa and Hija, re-enact and re-tell short anecdotes of their lives. Coming from another country to The Netherlands, there is a quest for belonging and the (im)possibility to completely feel at home and relate to the world outside the apartment. The starting point of this film was an encounter with Sapa, who chose his friend Hija as his interlocutor in the process of making this film. Through extensive interviews with Sapa and Hija, acting exercises and spending the Sundays together, our encounters resulted in this short documentary film.
Techniek Film
Formaat
We cant come from nothing
Titel We cant come from nothing
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving WE CAN'T COME FROM NOTHINGg 2014, 30.51 min. Polish / English with English subtitles The film concentrates on the influence of family histories on contemporary personal life. How are events which took place during previous generations influential today? How to deal with family history when every trace is lost or if is kept secret? The viewer meets seven characters who share their individual and personal story, together they show how history results in a diversity of narratives and experiences. The film focusses on a particular part of the Jewish / Polish history. Producer: POLIN Museum Warsaw
Techniek Film
Formaat
Conversations
Titel Conversations
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving CONVERSATIONS Dutch spoken, English subtitles ‘Conversations’ shows the viewer a personal family archive. As the film develops it turns out that the objects have an extra meaning which refers to the Second World War.
Techniek Film / video
Formaat
The Visionary
Titel The Visionary
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving THE VISIONARY The installation 'The Visionary' is part of Workspace13, organized annually by Filmhuis Den Haag and BNG Bank. Workspace is dedicated to exploring the boundaries of film. Creative professionals throughout the Netherlands are invited to submit a proposal for a new installation that investigates the nature and operation of film. The installation 'The Visionary' is based on the fact that blind and visually impaired people miss the visual element in the experience of a room or when watching a film. Other elements, such as sound, become more important. This allows freedom to create an own imagination of the visual reality, which can turn everyday visual environments into places full of stories. When listening instead of watching a film, the viewer has to use its own imagination to create the visuals.
Techniek Installation
Formaat
The keeper
Titel The keeper
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving THE KEEPER, Russian spoken, English subtitles, In the short film ‘The keeper’ Vadim Kostromenko guides the viewer through the filmarchive in Odessa. De surroundings, the city and the sea are connected to the archive and in an associative way the anecdotes are brought to life.
Techniek Film / video
Formaat
The dome & The cone of silence (16.50 mi
Titel The dome & The cone of silence (16.50 mi
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving THE DOME & THE CONE OF SILENCE English subtitles, 'The cone of silence’ is an inverted cone-shaped region immediately above the antenna of a radio beacon in which signals are imperceptible. Just before the signal disappears into ‘the cone of silence’ the volume is stronger. In the short film ‘The dome & the cone of silence’ three men are followed. They visit the coast with great regularity. They each have different motives for visiting this area. The coast functions in the film as a place to be alone, reminiscing, daydreaming and longing for other worlds. The coast as a sanctuary, where the sound dissolves. Image, text and sound connect the coastal area to places elsewhere.
Techniek Film / video
Formaat
Perigee Moon
Titel Perigee Moon
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving PERIGEE MOON, A FILM ON PAPER I made the publication "Perigee moon, a film on paper" (2012) in the context of the post-graduate program 'Document and contemporary art' at EESI, for the publication 'Le Cahiers du post-diplome'. It exists out of 18 pages with my photos and texts.
Techniek Photography / Publication
Formaat
The captain and the boy (9.14 min.)
Titel The captain and the boy (9.14 min.)
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving THE CAPTAIN AND THE BOY Russian spoken, English subtitles, In this short film, a father and a son cross a river several times. At the same time a story about a found dying bird and a dog unfolds. The river in the video turns out to have a deeper unexpected meaning in the end. The film consist out of moving images, animation and still images and is shot in color and black and white.
Techniek Film / video
Formaat
Gulo (15 min)
Titel Gulo (15 min)
Jaartal 2011
Omschrijving GULO Georgian spoken, English subtitles, 'Gulo' is a film that explores the line between death and life, visualising the theatrical happenings and settings surrounding burial rituals. Often death is presented as the ending of life, something feared by people. Contrary to this, Gulo shows the diverse approaches to death and reveals the thoughts of people who are directly connected to the passageway between life and death: "death no longer interests me. I wish I had a different life, I want to be on stage.” Gulo is shot in Kutaisi. I made this film in cooperation with Elene Asatiani, Mirek Koranda and Sophia Tabatadze
Techniek Film / video
Formaat
Lacune (9 min)
Titel Lacune (9 min)
Jaartal 2010
Omschrijving LACUNE Romanian spoken, English subtitles, In 'Lacune' a woman tells about the memories of her youth and her parental home, while the camera very calmly observes the details and atmosphere in the house. Sometimes the house and the woman seems to become one, at other moments the text and image clearly follow their own storyline.
Techniek Film / video
Formaat

Omschrijving werk

I think that one of the most beautiful aspects of our lives is meeting others, listening to their stories, sharing their journeys of imagination and learning from the experience. For me, filmmaking broadens and deepens this experience. It gives me space to follow my curiosity about other people and create lengthy encounters with them. Looking back at my own life, it has given me an amazing archive of memories of all the people I have met. The attempt to understand the other and through this, ourselves, is at the core of what filmmaking is for me. I realize that we might always be outsiders in the lives of other people, however, making and watching films can help bring us closer to the other and understand what drives that person. I see film as the ultimate medium of relationships, where the story of the other can (temporarily) become our own. My films are an exploration and visualisation of our layered reality; going beyond that which is visible at first glance. These are narratives that help us deal with those aspects of life that we might find incomprehensible; that help us to make decisions; help us to survive and to connect to our feelings, memories and imaginations. The encounter is an essential element of my work; it marks the beginning of my work process and is a subject of study itself. During the course of the encounter I am exploring and varying my role and position and the possibilities this presents for the viewer to assume my role, become part of the encounter and to connect their own personal narrative to the one in the film. Intimacy is a fundamental aspect of my work, essential to sharing and exchanging these invisible inner narratives during an encounter. Keywords in my work method are observing, listening and contemplating. A recurrent theme in my work is family (generations); the physical and invisible mental relationships between family members and their interaction with their surroundings, often their homes. I am interested in the

Persoonsgegevens

Voorletters E.E.Bots
Kunstenaarsnaam/alias
Samenwerkingsverband
Website www.twosmallthings.com

Opleidingsgegevens

Erkende vakopleiding

Academie / instituut & plaats studierichting / specialisatie periode van / tot diploma
Utrecht, HKU faculteit Kunst en Vormgeving Beeldende kunst en vormgeving docentenopleiding 2004/2008 J
Amsterdam, Academie voor Beeldende Vorming Master Film 2014-2016

Andere opleiding

Instituut / docent & plaats (studie)richting periode van / tot
European School of Visual Arts (EESI), France post-graduate 'document and contemporary art' 2011/2012
Universiteit van Amsterdam (UVA) Slavische talen en culturen (propedeuse behaald) 2008-2009

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging nee
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief Satellietgroep

Curriculum vitae

Tentoonstellingen

jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2016 -'Presence/ Absence/ Traces', POLIN Musuem Warsaw, Poland
2014 - 'De Visionair', Helicotrema audio Festival, Rome (IT) GROEP
2014 Expositie installatie 'De Visionair', Beeldbuisfilmfestival, Zwolle (NL)
2013 - 'Go Short, international short film festival', Dutch and European competition, Nijmegen, The Netherlands GROEP
2013 - Exhibition 'Forests', Das Spectrum, Utrecht, The Netherlands SOLO
2012 - 'The captain and the boy', No-Festival of video art and animation, Ufa, Russia GROEP
2012 - 'The dome & the cone of silence', International short film festival (Curta Cinema), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil GROEP
2012 - 'The captain and the boy' at Videoholica festival, Varna Bulgaria GROEP
2012 - Film-lecture 'Films de combat (linguistiques)', Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France SOLO
2011 - Batumi International Art House film festival, Batumi, Georgia GROEP

Projecten

jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2012 - VISIO European workshop on artist Cinema, Lo Schermo Dell' Arte, Florence, Italy workshop
2011 - Project 'Black shorts', Plotki magazine, Sakdoc Film Georgia, Central European University Budapest│Mai - June project
2011 -Co-curator 'Videoforma', Kuryokhin contemporary art center, St. Petersburg, Russia project

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2014 - Artist in residence t.b.v. productie nieuwe film Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warschau (PL)
2011 - Artist in residence at Badgast/Satellietgroep, Scheveningen, The Netherlands
2009 - Artist in residence at Cyland media art lab, Kronstadt, Russia │November - December

Publicaties

jaartal titel publicatie uitgever / samensteller, plaats typering
2014 Publicatie 'A broken continuity of memory and objects' over mijn film 'We can't come from nothing' door antropologe Ewa Klekot Musuem of History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland
2012 'Perigee moon, a film on paper' EESI, European School of Visual Arts, France
2009 Publication part of graduation thesis “A hidden land” in “Import-Export, from Moldova with love”, catalogue project Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany

Prijzen en stipendia

jaartal instantie, plaats omschrijving
2013 Nominatie Workspace 2013
2012 Mondriaan fonds

Artistieke nevenactiviteiten

nevenactiviteit van tot
Lid selection commitee documentary 'Go Short Film Festival' Nijmegen 2015 nu
Co-curator Satellietgroep in project 'Now wakes the sea' a Black Sea / North Sea exchange project 2011 nu
Teacher at faculty of visual arts and design, subject 'Intermedia' and 'Visual development', Art academy (HKU) Utrecht, The Netherlands 2009 nu