Bordeaux Piece, 2004 - Digital Video

(Running time is gallery opening hours).

Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth, Yvon Lambert and Micheline Szwajcer

Bordeaux Piece at first seems to be a conventionally looped short film.


Each successive repetition occurs under a slightly different atmospheric light, so that changing environment becomes the foreground while the film's narrative and characters, loosely based on Godard's Le Mépris, turn into a mere motif.




David Claerbout was born in 1969 in Kortrijk, Belgium, and lives and works in Antwerp. Since 1996, Claerbout has explored the boundaries and crossovers between video and still photography, blurring the line between the still and the moving image. He digitizes found photographs and then introduces moving elements, and with them, time. He also uses digital video to create mini-narratives set in buildings or urban spaces that play on the changing light and passage of time.


He studied at the National Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, from 1992 to 1995, and benefited from the DAAD fellowship, Berlin (2002-03). A major solo exhibition The Shape of Time at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007), and toured to MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA (2008), Kunstmuseum, St Gallen (2008), Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2008), and De Pont, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg (2009). Other solo shows include


Background Time — Gezeiten at Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2005); Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre (2005); and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2005). Upcoming solo shows in are Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2010) and a major retrospective at WIELS, Brussels in 2011.