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Tropical Fish in the North Sea – alternate version

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Originally a 5 channel video installation, this edit is made for single screen viewings. Graduation Festival, Royal Academy of Arts 2017 Tropical Fish in the North Sea is an interactive documentary film installation that questions the intertwinement of fiction and reality in the medium of truth; the documentary film. The spatial setup and headphones with switchable audio channels give one a hint of the power of editing. One gets transported to the lives of people from Generation Y, who flounder with ‘finding a passion’, ‘success’ and the ‘paradox of choice’. Their lives often seem to have a certain unbearable lightness that contains no clear narrative; all is fragmented. Present-day reality already has a parallel media existence, creating friction between real and fake. TFitNS plays with the fictional within the real and vice versa, both in the medium itself as in its subject: the performativity of my generation. Sponsored by: Indy Video Silentdisco.com
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Tropical Fish in the North Sea

Tropical Fish in the North Sea 5 channel video installation Graduation Festival, Royal Academy of Arts 2017 Tropical Fish in the North Sea is an interactive documentary film installation that questions the intertwinement of fiction and reality in the medium of truth; the documentary film. The spatial setup and headphones with switchable audio channels give one a hint of the power of editing. One gets transported to the lives of people from Generation Y, who flounder with ‘finding a passion’, ‘success’ and the ‘paradox of choice’. Their lives often seem to have a certain unbearable lightness that contains no clear narrative; all is fragmented. Present-day reality already has a parallel media existence, creating friction between real and fake. TFitNS plays with the fictional within the real and vice versa, both in the medium itself as in its subject: the performativity of my generation. Sponsored by: Indy Video Silentdisco.com    
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Samezijn Zonder te Trouwen

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A ‘city symphony’ shot in The Hague, with secretly recorded dialogues.
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When Pale Became Passé – work in process

Research about tanning beds and its division of opinion in society. Laatst liep ik na het boodschappen doen langs een zonnestudio en dacht: “Ach, waarom ook niet.” Twintig minuten kon ik ontsnappen aan de vrieskou. Terwijl ik mij uitkleedde werd ik mij er bewust van hoe ik het probeerde goed te praten in mijn hoofd. Vitamine D is gezond, ik zie er minder moe uit, maar bovenal zal ik meer energie hebben. Toen mijn hoofd uit mijn dikke coltrui gleed las ik de poster op de muur: “Waarom ben je in de zomer nooit ziek?” Inderdaad, dacht ik. Hoe kan iets wat zo goed voelt zo slecht zijn? Waarom is het nog legaal als er uit meerdere onderzoeken blijkt dat het huidkanker veroorzaakt? Waarom staat er nog steeds een zonnebank in het Zuiderbad?  Op mijn vijftiende ging ik voor het eerst onder de zonnebank in het Zuiderbad in Amsterdam. Deze staat er overigens nog steeds. Een zonnebank, toegankelijk voor iedereen, in een publiek zwembad van de gemeente Amsterdam. Ik vond het geweldig. 
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Choose Ugly Free

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A provocative assignment. I found an essay online. The writer believes that all ugly people should be separated from society. An observational video, ethically irresponsible, that tries to look from the eyes of the man who wrote this special essay. Camera operator: me. I felt disgusting.
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CD van jou CD van mij

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A cognitive dissonance experiment where we constantly pingpong the cognitive dissonance from ourselves, to our fellow students and to our teacher.
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Hello Everyone

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Thousands of girls share their beauty ‘secrets’ on the Internet. It seems very personal; they tell a lot about themselves and often have lots of followers. The message seems to be that you can always improve yourself, as long as you try hard enough. This video is a poetic translation of the video form of my generation: the vlog.
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Koetjes & Kalfjes – Test

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Moving Image on Canvas – projection test To be continued..  
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Out For Lunch

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Observational video of people who eat, who always seem to be more vulnerable in public spaces.
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But, It’s a Tradition

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Video Essay Traditions are everywhere, and of every time. Every tradition is important for several reasons that other parties might never understand. Every group believes in their own ways of keeping luck close, and the evil away. In this film absurd comparisons with the intention to show how extreme humans can be, but mostly how similar we and our traditions actually are, in contrary to what many people think. This film consists out of found footage and own footage.
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