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futur antérieur (a.k.a. Disciples of the Heinous Path – Part 1: The Pain of Everyone)

Herman Asselberghs

video, color, 16:9, stereo, Dutch spoken, English subtitles, BE, 2007, 15’20”

Clocking in just under twenty minutes, Herman Asselberghs Futur Antérieur is, for the most part, a decidedly ‘anti-retinal’ affair: it consists of fifteen minutes of utter, stifling blackness filled with quasi-intolerable noise and an occasional glimmer of distant, shimmering twilight. Nothing points to anything, and there are no signs of meaning to be gleaned from its abysmal eventlessness in any way — until the lo-fi barrage of sound (authored by Brussels-based avant noise quartet SPASM) subsides and the clouds part, even if only proverbially, to reveal an image of a four-year old kid in a Ferris wheel, beaming in the sunlight of his own smile. The boy’s own voice-over, in words too mature for his age, thus speaks of death and the vacuity of being, but also of their tangle in the future anterior or “this would have been” tense of life. Thus transcribing into language what we have just experienced in strictly sonic terms, both sound and image enacting the darkness, not light, that lurks at the end of the tunnel, both asserting the inescapable immediacy of all being: there is no time.

Image Fairuz
Sound Boris Debackere
Performance SPASM
Produced by Artefact festival (STUK)
Co-produced by Auguste Orts

futur antérieur (a.k.a. Disciples of the Heinous Path – Part 1: The Pain of Everyone) has been on display at the following locations:

PostX Merelbeke, (BE) Thursday, Oct 23 2014 Argos Brussels, (BE) Thursday, Nov 4 2010 Argos Brussels, (BE) Wednesday, Nov 3 2010 Avans Hogeschool Breda, (NL) Tuesday, Sep 7 2010 Courtisane & Time Festival Gent, (BE) Friday, Nov 20 2009 Versus_V Oudenaarde, (BE) Saturday, Oct 24 2009 Versus_V Oudenaarde, (BE) Saturday, Oct 17 2009 Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel ism Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren Brussels, (BE) Tuesday, Mar 3 2009 Washington Project for the Arts Washington, (US) Nov 19–Dec 22 2008 Steirischer Herbst Graz, (AT) Oct 5–Oct 13 2008 kc Belgie Hasselt, (BE) Friday, Oct 3 2008 Tate Modern London, (GB) Wednesday, Oct 1 2008 Short Film Festival Oberhausen, (DE) Tuesday, May 20 2008 Experimental Film Festival BEFF 5 Bangkok, (TH) Mar 26–Mar 30 2008 MuHKA_media Antwerp, (BE) Saturday, Feb 16 2008 IFFR Rotterdam, (NL) Jan 26–Jan 29 2008 Platforma Athens, (GR) Dec 7–Dec 12 2007 Argos Brussel, (BE) Nov 22–Nov 30 2007 Buda Kortrijk, (BE) Wednesday, Nov 14 2007 Argos Brussels, (BE) Oct 16–Oct 20 2007 Bios Athens, (GR) Thursday, Sep 13 2007 MuHKA_media Antwerpen, (BE) Saturday, Apr 28 2007 Artefact, STUK Leuven, (BE) Feb 13–Feb 18 2007