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The Inevitable Others

The Inevitable Others

2016 | HD Video, Ink on Carpet | 8'19" | 150 cm x 75 cm
 

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In a setting that resembles a talk show, Beckers welcomes three guests who during the video however, don't utter a single word. In their presence he tells three stories about how he likes to do things on his own and which strategies he uses to achieve that. How he goes to the cinema alone for example or how he always tries to escape chance encounters on the street. At the end of these stories it becomes clear however that all these attempts ultimately backfired. Film screenings in the cinema turn to be sold out and instead of avoiding people, Beckers manages to attract even more attention on the street.
The bumper music meanwhile is played by Beckers' father. The spoons he uses to make that music with, prove not be suitable to play a solo on. Thereby mirroring his son's failure to do something on his own.

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...clearly folding bed sheets is a two-man job. But although I failed to do it on my own, I still think it’s good that I at least tried. Because why assume that something is a two-man job when potentially it could also be a one-man job?
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 Exhibition view at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam | Foto by Tom Haartsen

Exhibition view at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam | Foto by Tom Haartsen

Realized with the support of Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag

Camera and Light: Marcel IJzerman
Sound: Levi Westra