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Portal

Anouk De Clercq

video, b/w, 16:9, stereo, BE, 2002, 14’

Portal unfolds a space where you can drop your guard: a rhythmical, geometrical landscape, a soothing place made from sloping shapes and whispering sounds. Anouk De Clercq depicts an ‘interior landscape’, a mental space built of cool shades of grey and fathomless horizons, rotating, tilting and caressing. An exploration of the limits of the utopian and the inner nature, in a longing for a place of enlightenment: “here never alone”.
The video was made on the occasion of Secret Gardens, a concept of centre for the arts Limelight (now Buda Kunstencentrum) and cultural manifestation Anno’02, for which several artists had been assigned to design a secret garden at various locations in the city of Kortrijk.

Animation Joris Cool
Music Anton Aeki
Produced by Limelight & Portapak

Portal has been on display at the following locations:

TIFF Bell Lightbox Toronto, (CA) Sunday, Feb 1 2015 Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, (IL) Nov 29–Dec 4 2006 Cumbria Institute of the Arts Carlisle, (GB) Oct 26–Oct 27 2006 Les Yeux La Nuit Nancy, (FR) Tuesday, May 23 2006 Zebrastraat Gent, (BE) Apr 1–Jun 8 2006 FRAC Basse-Normandie Caen, (FR) Thursday, Jan 19 2006 SAFN gallery Reykjavik, (IS) Jan 14–Feb 5 2006 Instants Vidéos Aix-en-Provence, (FR) Saturday, Nov 26 2005 Campus Ceria Brussels, (BE) Saturday, Oct 15 2005 Argos Brussels, (BE) Oct 13–Oct 22 2005 Videomedeja Novi Sad, (CS) Sep 30–Oct 2 2005 Itau Cultural Institute Belo Horizonte, (BR) Jul 6–Jul 28 2005 Festival International du Film de La Rochelle La Rochelle, (FR) Jul 1–Jul 11 2005 M HKA Antwerpen, (BE) Saturday, Oct 23 2004 Limelight Filmhuis Kortrijk, (BE) Oct 3–Oct 27 2004 Sonic Acts Amsterdam, (NL) Sep 23–Sep 25 2004 Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art Electronique Montreal, (CA) Sep 20–Sep 27 2004 Beeldruis Ruiselede, (BE) Aug 7–Sep 5 2004 ICA London, (GB) Thursday, Aug 5 2004 Future Imprint International Animation Competition Taipei, (TW) Apr 16–May 14 2004 Bizart Shanghai, (CN) Feb 17–Feb 27 2004 Argos Brussels, (BE) Oct 17–Oct 25 2003 Galerie Rachel Haferkampf Cologne, (DE) Sep 19–Sep 26 2003 Bozar, Prix Jeune Peinture Belge Brussels, (BE) Jun 25–Sep 7 2003 Smart Project Space Amsterdam, (NL) Tuesday, May 6 2003 WRO Art Centre Wroclaw, (PL) Apr 30–May 4 2003 European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, (DE) Apr 23–Apr 27 2003 De Balie Amsterdam, (NL) Mar 13–Mar 14 2003 Concertgebouw Brugge, (BE) Mar 1–Mar 13 2003 Cultuurcentrum Strombeek, (BE) Feb 14–Mar 9 2003 IFFR Rotterdam, (NL) Jan 22–Feb 2 2003 Secret Gardens Kortrijk, (BE) Aug 23–Sep 7 2002