Bea de Visser
THE ANIMAL THAT THEREFORE I AM
Netherlands, 2019, 10′
“What does the animal see when it looks at me?” Three animals and a woman in an enclosed space. As they study each other, their own methods of communication create a wordless conversation. We view them in close-up and from various perspectives, with the woman as a solitary species in this universe. The camera emphasizes this idea of the animal gaze by filming them intently. As the voiceover narration suggests, the film is premised on the idea that animals observe and judge us, and that we may learn something if we try to act according to their standards. Based on complex thoughts about our relationship with the animal kingdom, the film tackles this huge subject from an oblique angle.
Bea de Visser
Recognized for her film art, installation work and sound performances, in her work she questions elementary issues with a social undercurrent, poetical in nature, based on concep¬tual design, by alternative narration, in a cinematic language. Bea de Visser attended the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (1993-1995). Prior she pursues her studies painting with a study electroacoustic sound. She initially began her career as a sound and performance artist in the trendy club scene and artist’s spaces early 1980-ies. With her installation work she was asked for international exhibitions in museums, art spaces and galleries, including MoMA New York, National Museum Prague, Madrid, Pittsburgh and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Her films are screened at international film festivals worldwide. Bea de Visser leads to date the independent studio Anotherfilm that nowadays works as a plat¬form for scenario and film development. She is a lecturer at the University of the Arts, Utrecht.