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Stroom

The Netherlands, 2006
single-channel video/video-installation
DV-pal, 4:3, colour, stereo, 2'28''

Screenings:
2007 Circus Design presents Circus Cinema, Amsterdam
2006 Grand Caf├ę of the main Tax Office in Apeldoorn

Publications: 
PRESENT, Kunst bij Rijksgebouwen 2004-2006, 2007, p. 404-405

Stroom ('Stream' but also 'Current') is the outcome of my residency at Het Mobiele Atelier at the main Tax Office, de Belastingdienst, in the Netherlands. The residency was part of the Atelier Rijksbouwmeester program 2006 and managed by Robert-Jan van Bottenburg from VROM. Together with the artist Nathalie Bruys I composed the repetitive and etheric soundtrack of the piece.

The video shows clouds passing the new and renovated buildings of the Tax Office and works of the artist Rob Birza. The images are cut with machines processing the (in the Netherlands famous) blue envelopes that contain important information for all tax payers. The third ingredient of the video / video-loop is me standing in the middle of people working at the office, a performative part.

To get permission for filming the - in the Netherlands famous - blue envelopes at the specific location was not easy. I managed thanks to Ben van Tol en Theo Nieuwboer. My original idea was to present the video as a screensaver at the computers of the employees, but unfortunately this, among other things, was not possible. In Dutch: "Verder heeft .... al eerder aangegeven dat de video als screensaver niet lukt. Ook bij navraag blijkt dan we op onze systemen geen vreemde zaken zetten als filmpjes e.d.. De enige screensaver is een belastingdienstplaat die standaard op de pc's is geïnstalleerd. Dat mensen zelf een andere foto erop zetten is al afwijkend."

On the photos one can see the interior of the studio and view from the mobile atelier. Watch the video

Het Mobiele Atelier van Lucas Lenglet View from Mobile studio Inside

Inside 2 The site of Het Mobiele Atelier People smoking in front of Het Mobiele Atelier