a.m./p.m.

a.m./p.m.

Herman Asselberghs

video, color, 4:3, stereo, English spoken, BE, 2004, 45'45"

In a.m./p.m there are no humans beings at sight. Photos of cosmopolitan city landscapes are systematically scanned and display views of office locks, flats, dark corners, illuminated windows and skyscrapers. On the soundtrack you hear a woman's voice. She speaks about herself and the world, about images of today, about a journey. Her monologue is a fictionalised rendering of Asselberghs's impressions during a stay in Palestine. He consciously chose for the film to show the explosive and mediatized situation in the region by taking an absolutely minimalist audivisual approach. The distance which Asselberghs creates by using a detached female voice instead of his own, coupled with deviating from a run-of-the-mill documentary style, produces a complex approach to his feelings and ideas surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A longer version of the voice-over text is available on the book Time Suspended by Herman Asselberghs, Els Opsomer and Pieter van Bogaert (published by Square vzw, 2004).

a.m./p.m. won the 1st Prize / Canvas Award at Courtisane festival (BE) 2005.

Image Els Opsomer
Graphic Motion Design Nicolas Karaktzanis
Soundtrack David Shea
Voice Claude Wampler
Sound engineer Boris Debackere
Produced by SQUARE vzw
Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund

a.m./p.m.

Has recently been on display at the following locations:

De Garage Mechelen (BE), Dec 3, 2016 – Feb 12, 2017 Festival International du Film de La Roche sur Yon (FR), Oct 19, 2014 Film Forum Gorizia (IT), Mar 19-20, 2013 Screen Festival Barcelona (ES), May 22, 2012 Art Brussels - ING Brussel (BE), Apr 19-22, 2012 Argos Brussels (BE), Nov 24, 2010 Argos Brussels (BE), Nov 4, 2010 Auditorium des Musées Strasbourg (FR), Nov 25, 2008 — 20:00 M HKA Antwerpen (BE), Apr 26 – May 26, 2007 Arenberg Cinema Brussel (BE), Oct 12, 2006 KVS Brussels (BE), Aug 16 – Sep 9, 2006 VIPER International Festival for Film Video and New Media Basel (CH), Mar 16-20, 2006 Z33 Hasselt (BE), Feb 12 – May 26, 2006 Transmediale Berlin (DE), Feb 7, 2006 7. Medien und Architectur Biennale Graz (AT), Dec 1-4, 2005 12th International Dance Festival Klapstuk Leuven (BE), Oct 20 – Nov 10, 2005 Netwerk Galerij Aalst (BE), Sep 24 – Oct 29, 2005 Prodajna galerija Belgrade (CS), Sep 22 – Oct 22, 2005 FID Marseille (FR), Jul 1-6, 2005 Courtisane Festival Gent (BE), May 12-15, 2005 European Media Art festival Osnabrueck (DE), Apr 20 – May 15, 2005 Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven (NL), Feb 20 – May 16, 2005 55 Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (DE), Feb 11-15, 2005 IFFR Rotterdam (NL), Jan 30, 2005 Kunsthall Bergen (NO), Jan 21 – Feb 20, 2005 Witte de With Rotterdam (NL), Nov 7, 2004 – Jan 9, 2005 Argos Festival Brussels (BE), Oct 21, 2004