Exhausting a place, Paulien Oltheten

Kapitalism, Paulien Oltheten, videostill, Thessaloniki, 2016

+ Projection du film La défense, un regard qui s’essaye, Paulien Oltheten
Mardi 29 mars 2022 à 18h — amphi A, isdaT site Daurade

Ouvert à 15 étudiant·es en année 1.

How does a place smell, how does a place sound, what kind of people are passing by, can you discover their routines? Or is it possible to capture the change of light. What is there to find in terms of nature, traffic, dynamics of the time passing. This week we are going to discover how to capture a place, what you can do with a place to make it an artwork but also what the place give back to the work, to you. We will use all kinds of techniques. photographing, filming, performing, writing, narrating, drawing etc.

Paulien Oltheten analyzes human behaviour in public space, often in direct contact with passers-by. With an eager sense of curiosity she seeks out situations that allow her to emphasizing poetic or rhythmic details: people maneuvering awkward luggage, remarkable postures, playful ritual gestures, or repetitive routines that leave visual marks on their surroundings. Like a contemporary urban anthropologist, Oltheten documents such acts and patterns – often subtly connected to a specifically chosen location or context. She then structures and annotates her research materials to craft a perceptive narrative in the form of photography and video, publications, lectures and performances.

Oltheten studied at the Royal Academy of Arts and Design in ’s-Hertogenbosch (2000-2004) and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (2005-2006). Her work has been shown (a.o.) at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam) and Galerie Fons Welters (Amsterdam), Jeu de Paume (Paris), Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), among others. She won the Dutch Doc Award (2012) and Nouveau Prix Découverte des Rencontres d’Arles (2018); past residencies include ISCP New York (2013) and Cité internationale des arts in Paris (2017).

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