Language Sequences (2004)
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'What human beings tell with their bodies'
20 Ultra-short films on contemporary fragility
In the Body
I walk through the streets of Antwerp City, to work out a
psychogeographical experiment. I want to investigate how people
differ from each other, how people are using 'silent language' and 'personal
space'. I am interested in the temporality of speed, acceleration, slowness
and pause. How 'sub-movements' are expressed. How motion precedes emotion.
Up to 90% of all of our communication is nonverbal. The direct actions
of the human nervous system are usually subconscious, instinctively
meaningful and more honest than verbal communication. Bodies do not
lie. The 'subliminal' messages of the body are playing a major role
in how we relate to others and how they see us. Our bodies are the most
public signals of our identities, and private reminders of who we are.
We imagine by remembering, or vice versa. In the ritual quality of interpersonal
actions there is a hidden code of behavioural patterns, through which
hierarchical and social power structures emerge. The body language sequences
of the human figure in motion, are a display of our motivation in the
flow of time.
Language Sequences are
a cinematic study of visualising and discovering time patterns of interpersonal
behaviour. The revealed moments are giving an insight in the instinctive
feelings, attitudes, expressions, gestures and emotions of human communication.
In a series of experimental ultra-short films, each looped sequence
draws attention to its own syntax a rhythmic pattern of body language
in motion. These visible acts of meaning are a search into what people
tell with their bodies. During the montage I saw the world differently.
I became aware that I was also documenting the diversity of changes
in life style as an emerging element in society. The re-entered world
became transposed, intensified, electrified. It was my intention to study the human character by
exploring the micro-motions of human acts, extracted from the flux of life, and to convey
a message which brings an articulation of visual thinking into play.
on location in the City of Antwerpen, Belgium.
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