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The Work of Martijn van Boven

Martijn van Boven is a visual artist from Amsterdam, with a focus on experimental films and computer generated art. His work is expressed through installations, films, collaborations with composers, and cinema performances.
Van Boven has been the head of Interaction Design at the ArteZ Institute since 2012 and teaches Media Archeology.Van Boven received his credentials at the Image and Sound department of the Royal Art Academy in The Hague. He has been focused on abstract filmmaking since 2000, co-founded the Hague’s TAG Media Center in 2003, and in 2012 joined the curatorial team of Sonic Acts, the Netherlands-based festival operating at the intersection of art, music and science. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam.

A short note about some of his work
His work “Walzkörpersperre,” on 35mm celluloid for projection on a monumental vertical screen, was created by scanning the architectural elements of a bunker wall.
“Field Notes From a Mine” is a computer-generated film with no filmed materials and is composed of vast collections of data, mined from the statistics of the historical pilgrimage route which crossed from East to West Africa.

One of his newest works, “Black Smoking Mirror,” is a performance including the building of a fixed screen of inflammable canvas, with the CinemaScope aspect ratio, which after combustion caused by a laser, carries the remains of the light engraving.
In 2017 he produced the first computational coin 'A Circulation Of Circuits' a network of compact computers prepared of digital exchange of cultural goods. Van Boven’s work is heavily influenced by filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage, John and James Whitney, Larry Cuba and artists from the field of computational art and design.


Van Bovens work has premiered at world-wide festivals including:
IFF Rotterdam, State X New Forms, Sonic Acts, Holland Festival,
Five Days Off, FICCO (Mexico City/MX), RIKZ (Riga/LV),
SKIF-9 (St. Petersburg/RU), Noise Bar ( Tokyo, JP),
Transmediale (GER), Ars Electronica (AU) and more.


FILMOGRAPHY

Walzkörpersperre 2014 | length 11’ | format 35mm cinemascope | color | audio Dolby Prologic | composition Gert-Jan Prins

DEAD BODY WELCOME 2013 | length 11’ | format HD| color | audio Dolby Prologic | special sequence

Fieldnotes From A Mine ( Tiger Award Nominee ) 2012 | length 21’ | format HD | color | audio Dolby Prologic | composition Tom Tlalim

A Thousand Scapes 2009 | length 14’ | format HD | black and white | audio Dolby Prologic

Interfield 2007 | length 6’ 40’ | format DV | color | audio 5.1 surround sound

CEC1511L 2006 | length 7’ 7’ |format DV | color | audio stereo

609386_friction.mov 2004 | length 10’ 04’ | format DV | color | audio stereo | composition Alejandro Castaños

00:12:21 2002 | length 12’ 21’ | format 16mm | black and white | audio stereo


PERFORMANCES

Black Smoking Mirror 2015| length 18' | format laser projected images and fire | color and smoke | audio stereo | composition Gert-Jan Prins

On Growth And Data 2013 | length 30' | format 360degree projection | black and white | audio surround sound

Shadow Optics 2011 | length 20' | format HD | black and white | audio stereo

Point Line Cube Cloud 2010 | length 15' | format HD | black and white | audio stereo

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