Art & everyday life

In this section, Mister Motley investigates the art world up-close and aims to connect art to everyday life. Next to that, Art & Everyday Life invites artists to write about their everyday experiences, about their love for art and the dark edges surrounding it, and they will provide us with commentary on the now and report on their researches and residencies in The Netherlands and abroad.

Redefining the narrative of the United States

an interview with Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan.

Ivete Lucas lived in Mexico, and met Patrick Bresnan when he was living in a Volkswagen van, driving through Mexico to take pictures. They fell in love with each other, and, later on, also with the town Pahokee - a small community where both filmmakers have been taking pictures and making films for over ten years now. Their professional collaboration appears to be a success; their latest short film Roadside Attraction - about people taking selfies in front of Donald Trumps aircraft - recently premiered at TIFF, while their previous film The Rabbit Hunt – a short documentary on kids making some extra money by selling rabbits they hunt themselves - just won an award at the London Film Festival. After several short films about the area, they now work on a feature documentary about Pahokee. Mister Motley talks with them about their fascination for this mostly black and rural community in Florida.

To measure is knowing - conversation with Sarah of Sonsbeeck

How many sips would it take to empty the biggest pool in the world? Why do we count the weight of a whale calculating the kilos it would weigh on land? What to do when the kilo no longer weighs a kilo? In my thesis I research how we deal with measurements in daily life and in art. As a part of my research I talked to Sarah van Sonsbeeck, who (as a fine artist with a background in architecture) deals with space and size on a regular basis. She expresses concepts in ways that differ from their obvious measurements. One of her works is a cubic decimetre of silence using a vacuum, which is extraordinary in itself because a vacuum is a kind of anti-space and silence is a kind of anti-sound. Even though sound is usually measured in decibel, according to Sarah van Sonsbeeck, decibels cannot quite express al the characteristics of sound.