David Claerbout: The Time That Remains
Text by Ziba Ardalan, Ingrid Hoelzl, Dirk Snauwaert.
“As a filmmaker my tool is memory, not film,” says David Claerbout in The Time That Remains, “and memory likes a good composition.” Although originally trained as a painter and a draughtsman, Claerbout (born 1969) has taken Belgium and the world by storm with his epic video installations. These installations are devised in his own studio, where he collects and arranges thousands of stills and scans into slow and deliberate moving films. Time, in Claerbout’s videos, seems to move with a mesmerizing heaviness, almost as if within a memory or piece of music. With some of his films lasting up to 13 hours, Claerbout expects and requires the undivided attention of his audience or, at least, their patience. In this first catalogue of his oeuvre, his film and video projects are presented through his production photographs and design sketches, offering an exciting introduction into the process and aesthetic development of the artist.