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A Merry-Go-Round of Confusion, Exchange, and Messiness: On the Documentary practice of Roy Villevoye and Jan Dietvorst

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The very moment you want to film reality it escapes, vanishing into thin air, mutating. In the 1990s there emerged an interest for the documentary gesture in various art disciplines. It is no coincidence that as this interest appeared, there also arose a form of criticism with regard to Eurocentrism and postcolonialism. The documentary gesture breaks loose from a postmodern trend where works of art essentially present signs referring to themselves in order to return its gaze to the “world” (Balsom and Peleg 2016). What results are hybrid docu-fiction formats; using essayistic, ethnographic, and observational strategies that situate the traditions of the documentary film in a new context, including the spatial environment of museums and art galleries, the authors thus create new forms.

Jan Dietvorst and Roy Villevoye’s work is connected to this tendency. In this article I confront their work with a documentary cinema of romantic conservatism, or the so-called taxidermic ethnography we find in Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North (1922) and in countless conventional (mainstream) documentaries (Rony 1996). With their work, Dietvorst and Villevoye precisely undermine these taxidermic ethnographic strategies by derailing and subverting the viewing mechanism of these strategies and the ensuing power relationships. The result is a merry-go-round of confusion, complexity, messiness, and exchange.
Originele taalEngels
TitelEVIDENCE, an Art Book by Jan Dietvorst en Roy Villevoye
EditorsAndrea Cinel
Aantal pagina's8
UitgeverijJap Sam Books, Heijningen
!!Publication date2017
ISBN (print)978-94-90322-90-8
StatusGepubliceerd - 2017

Bibliografische nota

van Dienderen, An. 2017. A Merry-Go-Round of Confusion, Exchange, and Messiness. On the Documentary practice of Roy Villevoye and Jan Dietvorst, in: "Evidence, an Art Book by Roy Villevoye and Jan Dietvorst" Edited by Andrea Cinel. Published by Argos Centre for Art & Media and Jap Sam Books, Heijningen NL.

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