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.
THEIR CITY 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 participant’s universe.
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