Dutch artist Guido van der Werve introduces the premiere of his latest video, Number 12 (2009), which "evolves" around a chessboard that also functions as a piano. The video was shot in Manhattan's Marshall Chess Club, on Mount St. Helens, and on the San Andreas fault line. The work, which features a score composed and played by the artist, concludes in a curious stalemate. Van der Werve belongs to a long line of artists who have trudged off into the wilderness in order to portray new visions of their world. For his Number 8 (2007), for example, he filmed himself slowly walking across the frozen Baltic Sea, mere steps in front of a massive icebreaker ship as it steamed relentlessly ahead. Born in 1977 near Rotterdam, van der Werve's interdisciplinary background includes classical piano, electric guitar, industrial design, archaeology, performance, and film.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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