David Claerbout works in photography, film, video, sound, digital media, and drawing. He became increasingly interested in time as a result of his investigations into the nature of photography and film. Fusing together the past, present and future into stunning moments of temporal elasticity, his works present profound and moving philosophical contemplations on our perception of time and reality, memory and experience, truth and fiction.
The Belgian artist is known for his sequences of imagery that have been slowed to the extreme, images which are actually moving become almost motionless. He achieves these effects employing sequences of slides or by computer generated methods that enable imagery to become as frozen as stills. The result is increased attention on the part of the viewers, who surrender to decelerated time and adapt to it. Its auric presence and sensitive lighting make Kunsthaus Bregenz an ideal site for such a form of perception.
Claerbout, based in Antwerp and Berlin, is represented in major public collections worldwide.and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions internationally, including: Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007), Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2008), WIELS, Brussels (2011), SFMOMA, San Francisco (2011), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2012), Wiener Secession (2012), Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main (2016), MNAC, Barcelona (2017), as well as Schaulager, Münchenstein/Basel (2017) amongst others.
(Photo: David Claerbout, The Quiet Shore, 2011, one-channel video projection, b&w, approx. 32 minutes, video still, Courtesy of David Claerbout, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, and Galerie Esther Schipper, Berlin)