“Art is the lie that reveals reality.” Jeroen Brouwers - “Culture, considered as a process, means acquiring a vast deal of useless knowledge, and then forgetting it.” Albert Jay Nock - “The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more.” Douglas Huebler - “In life and in art one has to begin each day anew.” Louis Couperus

Title: Short film about fame

photos by:Sjaak Langenberg

Project executed at the invitation of artists-initiative Dertien hectare.

HEESWIJK-DINTHER – Is the environment also wanting its fifteen minutes of fame? Or should we read the title of the exhibition ‘The meadow that wanted to become famous’, in the Dutch village of Heeswijk-Dinther, as a nod and wink towards an ambitious exhibition organisation? Starting with the idea that seeing things from above can have the effect of putting things into perspective – if you see the world from the air you are automatically ‘put in your place’ – the plan was hatched to land visitors by helicopter into the middle of the exhibition and to present this flight as a short film. The helicopter, which flew back and forth for the duration of two hours, picking up and setting down passengers who stepped out, ducked and ran under the spinning propellers – was a cinematic experience for both passengers and onlookers. Unsuspecting visitors to the exhibition received tickets to the film by post in the form of an airline ticket. Only at the last minute did it become apparent that the film was actually a helicopter flight.

Item on regional television (Dutch only)

© Sjaak Langenberg & Rosé de Beer