A SIMILAR PLACE
a travel to Buenos Aires
with 14 photographs of images from Amsterdam. The purpose was
to look for similar sites in Buenos Aires of generic places - such as restaurants, trains,
roads, fences, houses - that can be found anywhere in the world. However, December 2001,
the city was going through a serious period of economic and political
turmoil, a situation very much different from that of Amsterdam.
In 14 tableaux Matthijs de Bruijne portrays aspects of life; notions of migration, despair
and defeat. Argentina's new social and economical order.
IT'S NOT WHAT IT SEEMS TO BE
refers to the structure of the Buenos Aires.
It contains photographs of different neighbourhoods, notes about
housing, personal comments, objects and more.
Based on the his own long walks the photographs we now see are arranged
in the blocks and form a new grid. The accompanying considerations appear
intimate but raise more questions than they answer.
the process of establishing a network of
people, the process of discovering the 'invisible' Lisbon of 2000.
It contains stories about contact, places, expectation, overwhelming
events, reflection, incomprehension, time, passing by, insignificance,
reconsideration and invisibility. Stories about individual people and their city
MEDIUM FOR EXCHANGE
a place for exchange, accessible from November 1999 till May 2000.
The following was offered: a unique sound-CD with self-recorded sounds from Amsterdam,
such as trams, poems, friends, drunkenness, but also the sound of silence of an Amsterdam
night. There were 129 CD's, each one with a different recording.
You could exchange these CD's for an object. An item with which you could tell me something
about your surroundings
ANALYSIS OF UN UNKNOWN OBJECT
begins with the image of a strange object which is evocative enough
to spark the imagination and jostle the visitors frame of reference. As if he were
trying to understand it himself, Matthijs de Bruijne lays the image open to the attention and
sensibility of each visitor. This vaguely mysterious object serves, in fact, as pretext
for interaction, and for emphasising individual imagination. Imbued with poetry and humour,
it allows for different interpretations revealing parts of each participants universe.
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