The animal that therefore I am – Bea de Visser – Netherlands

“What does the animal see when it looks at me?” Three animals and a woman in an enclosed space. As they study each other, their own methods of communication create a wordless conversation. We view them in close-up and from various perspectives, with the woman as a solitary species in this universe.

Bea de Visser is recognized for her film art, installation work and sound performances. In her work she questions elementary issues with a social undercurrent, poetical in nature, based on conceptual design, by alternative narration, in a cinematic language. Bea de Visser attended the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (1993-1995). Prior she pursues her studies painting with a study electroacoustic sound. She initially began her career as a sound and performance artist in the trendy club scene and artist’s spaces early 1980-ies. With her installation work she was asked for international exhibitions in museums, art spaces and galleries, including MoMA New York, National Museum Prague, Madrid, Pittsburgh and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Her films are screened at international film festivals worldwide. Bea de Visser leads to date the independent studio Anotherfilm that nowadays works as a platform for scenario and film development. She is a lecturer at the University of the Arts, Utrecht.

Director Statement

The world will become a better place if we are able to give up the priority position of man and look around us as a human animal that is capable of meeting other species on foot of equivalence.

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