April 16 at 5 PM, 2022
April 16 till May 21, 2022
CEAC, Xiamen, China
The One Minutes X Chinese European Art Center (CEAC) present ‘Mind-body-problem’.
On show from April 16 till May 21 at CEAC is The One Minutes Series ‘Mind-body-problem’ curated by Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen and 10 new works responding to the theme of ‘Mind-body-problem’ selected by CEAC.
Artist duo Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen selected videos that depict the relationship between the soul and the body – whether as a metaphor, a problem or even a bad joke. ‘Mind-body-problem’ asks the age-old question: how can matter ever come to life?
The 22 selected videos were sent in from Belgium, Benin, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Kurdistan, Morocco, Netherlands, Senegal, Spain and United Kingdom.
“The mind-body-problem is a question one runs into almost inevitably when working with figurative sculpture. How can matter ever come to life? It is an age old question in itself that inspired the medieval Arabic novel of Ibn Tufayl in which a boy growing up on a deserted island dissects the dead deer that raised him, looking at the intestines, the lungs, the heart, the brain, in a search for the part that made her alive. It seemed to us a question worthwhile to ask to our colleagues, our fellow filmmakers and artists, and one that evoked many counter-questions, such as:
Would you like to be cremated or buried?
Does a fly have thoughts?
Can I see what someone else sees?
Is the cat in the box alive or not?
If the soul inhabits a body, could a spirit inhabit a sculpture?
What is the difference between a video of a man and his mirror image?
Is a fight with an umbrella ever a spiritual struggle?
Why is it so hard to say goodbye?”
Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen are two cousins who collaborate on the production
of videos and performances focusing on human behaviour; the encoded structures in that
behaviour, the influence of time and place on the relationships between people.
Theater has been an important factor in their work from the very start. They studied
at Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam in 2017 and began making sculptures
– assemblages in the form of human figures.
Heidi Vogels, Elle Burchill, Thierry Oussou, Sabine Mooibroek, Elisabeth Molin, Michelle Son
Kani Marouf, Vincent Verhoef, Natasha Papadopoulou, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, Denise Kehoe
Emma van der Put, Peter Ewig, Christine Moldrickx, Raluca Moldoveanu, Bas Schevers
Ben Rivers, Antonis Pittas, Daouda Dia, Iqra Tanveer, Paulien Oltheten, Hamza Halloubi
The One Minutes Series ‘Mind-body-problem’ is selected for 68th International Film Festival Oberhausen,
one of the most important short film institutions anywhere in the world.
The 10 newly selected films can be regarded as a second inner dialogue of artists within
the theme series “Mind-body-problem”. Based on the original concept, the reconnection and
questioning of the individual brought by the theme are triggered. Faced with the age-old
philosophical question, we may wonder: are mind and body separate entities, or are they
closely linked by unity?
Temo Dou, Johnnie, Frank Stassen, Maartje Jaquet, Elaine Crowe, Jiawen Li, Zhiwan Cheung
Sheng TangHua, Othonas Charalambous, Chenny Ye
The exhibition ‘Mind-body-problem’ is a collaboration between The One Minutes and
Chinese European Art Center (CEAC).