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Peter Bogers


Project :

“Road Movie” is an audiovisual installation consisting of three video-images projected on three different screens. Each of them shows scenes, filmed out of a car driving on local roads in the Auvergne. The car appears to be searching for one of the many historical reli-gious statues, mostly crucifixes and virgins, which can be found in this area. As soon as a statue is spotted, it comes to a halt and the engine is subsequently turned off. At this point the camera focuses on the object in the centre of the image.
The work triggers overwhelming reversals in ones state of mind at the magic moments when fast movement suddenly comes to a halt and at the same time loud mechanical noise is in- stantly replaced by subtle ambient noise of the direct surroundings. In this ‘here and now’ everyday situation, the centuries old religious icon functions as an affective catalyst that helps the mind to connect to its direct surroundings and at the same time reflect on this con- nection.
The sound in this installation is crucial. When the cars are driving, it loudly comes from the wall on which the images are projected. As soon as the motors are switched off, the soft background noise is room-filling. This abrupt shift from loud local sound to subdued surround noise, creates a physical, almost sensuous experience.

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Peter Bogers

1965 Born in Dordrecht, The Netherlands
1981 Graduated from Art Academy St. Joost, Breda, The Netherlands at the sculpture department.
Lives and Works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

In the early eighties Bogers was heavily involved in performance art, but gradually started to use the video camera as an intermediary between himself and the public. In the nineties he started to approach sound and image more and more as self-contained, flexible media that give him access to the element of time and thus can be transformed in an attempt to make a statement about the complexity and incomprehensibility of hu- man nature.

Bogers has had solo exhibitions in international museums and galleries in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Bremen, Stuttgart, Osnabrück, Beijing, Tokyo, Marseille, Split and Pittsburgh.
Among others his work is in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Museum of fine arts, Taipei and Harvard University, USA.