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An Experiment in Leisure

Manon de Boer

16mm scanned to digital file, color, 1:66, stereo, Dutch, English & French spoken, English subtitled, BE, 2016, 36’

Excerpts of texts by psychoanalyst Marion Milner (1900-1998) on concentration, the body, repetition, daydreaming and open-ended time as conditions for creation are read and reflected upon by different artists. These voices and the silences between them, images of a seascape in Norway and of the artists’ workspaces, as well as sounds from the Norwegian coast create parallel spaces, each following their own rhythm. The resulting experience of time resonates with Milner’s idea of leisure: not a moment opposed to work, but a time allowing us to perceive and think freely without an immediate objective.

Voices Sara De Roo, Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Latifa Laâbissi, Michael Schmid, Christophe Wavelet
Cinematography Léo Lefèvre 

Interior shots and image editing Manon de Boer
Sound recording, editing and mixing Laszlo Umbreit at Herculeslab
Film scan Gilles Bissot at FilmiK
Color grading Léo Lefèvre, Loup Brenta at Cobalt
Produced by Auguste Orts
With the support of Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Trondheim Faculty of Fine Art, Vienna Secession, Herculeslab – KASK School of Arts

An Experiment in Leisure has been on display at the following locations:

LUX Scotland Arbroath, (GB) Aug 17–Aug 19 2018 Hollybush Gardens London, (GB) Sep 21–Oct 28 2017 Royal Academy of Art Den Haag, (NL) Wednesday, Sep 13 2017 NTU/CCA Singapore, (SG) Wednesday, Sep 6 2017 Fabrica Gallery, Diep-Haven Festival Brighton, (GB) Thursday, Jun 22 2017 Centre de Cultura Contemporània Barcelona, (ES) Sunday, Jan 15 2017 Musée de la danse Rennes, (FR) Dec 10–Dec 11 2016 Cinematek Brussel, (BE) Thursday, Dec 1 2016 Gallery MeetFactory Prague, (CZ) Nov 24 2016–Jan 8 2017 Jan Mot Brussel, (BE) Nov 3–Dec 17 2016 Doclisboa Lissabon, (PT) Oct 22–Oct 24 2016 BFI Film Festival London, (GB) Saturday, Oct 15 2016 CAST Helston, (GB) Friday, Sep 30 2016 FID Marseille, (FR) Jul 14–Jul 17 2016 Secession Vienna, (AT) Jul 1–Aug 28 2016 Cubitt London, (GB) Jun 16–Jul 24 2016