Title: In Control Artist: Anne de Vries Year: 2022 Dimensions: Variable Material: Fencing, prints on vinyl Description: A video work is surrounded by festival fences. The banners on the fencing advertise imaginary events, with actual dates and locations. It remains unclear what this event exactly is, it could be a party or a demonstration, as it is located at some of the world’s most environmentally destructive corporations. The visuals are a collage inspired by flyers for Tekno, Hardcore, and Bondage events including the iconic globe by Frank Burghout for InQontrol. Where: Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
Title: OBLIVION Artist: Anne de Vries
Year: 2016 and 2018
Dimensions: 380 x 200 x 60 cm
Materials: sand, stones, wood, plastic, aluminum, paint, PVA, styrofoam, miniature advertisement campaign, miniature graffiti, miniature truss system, miniature LED projector, miniature Hi-Fi system.
About: Hardstyle event diorama in a scale of 1:87, presenting several texts produced for this installation.
Title: Submission Artist: Anne de VriesYear: 2015 Material: 4-track audio, video live streams, fiberglass, wood. Dimensions: Variable
“Inside the first gallery, De Vries pulls together the human psyche by exploding a head into a variety of architectural structures and representations alongside the technology we use to feed thought and communication. Live-streamed screens of global locations take us to faraway places, from the congested streets of Times Square, New York City, to a tranquil bird watch in the South American jungle. Time zones are switched to accommodate the viewer’s desire. Each architectural make-shift shelter harbors conversations between a mediator, commissioned by Vries, to investigate and interview various representatives from special unrelated global institutions ranging from monasteries, shelters, detention centers, swingers clubs, and meditation centers. Via a series of discussions and questioning, focusing on the philosophy and mission of each institution, the audio reveals a simulation of codes and rules, which seem to merge into one. Technology takes an anthropomorphic form and the audio gives shape to distinct places and states of mind that can potentially be entered and fade into each other. The caller’s phrases and vocabulary simulate fragmented codes of artificial intelligence where humans become part of the automated tools they use.”
Nightwatch at the parking lot Artist: Anne de Vries Year: 2014 Size: Large Scale Installation Material: Eye Glasses made out of metal, walls, furniture, surveillance camera systems, LCD screens, fabrics and other props.
Title: FORECAST Artist: Anne de Vries Year: 2011 Material: HD video projection Size: 3 meter x 135 cm projection screen Length: 5 minute Loop Sound: James Whipple (aka M.E.S.H.) Text: Parts from Bertrand Russell’s ‘A.B.C. of Relativity’ Philosophical consequences.
About: ‘Forecast’ is a computer-generated video in which the camera is panning through photographs of a blue sky with clouds photographed over Amsterdam. There is a slow voice that takes us through specific segments of Bertrand Russell’s book “ABC of Relativity” in which Russell explicates the differences between actuality and perception. Addressing relativity theory and concepts of space-time. Halfway through the video, the reading of Bertrand Russell’s text turns into music, leading the viewer into a more associative experience.
Title: Stick and Plant Artist: Anne de Vries Year: 2003 Materials: 2-channel video installation, wood, kentia plants, roofing, clothing hangers, clothing, bench, etc. Dimensions: 2,5 x 3 x 14 meter About: ‘Stick and Plant’ is a 2-channel video installation that reassembles a rehabilitation center. Different treatments take place inside and outside the video projections integrated into the installation. We witness participants changing in and out of camouflage suits and hiding in the kentia plant jungle behind the wooden installation wall.