Wed 21 Mar '18 - Film

Itinerant Movies #5 – Boatmen (Dirk Rijneke)

Restriction leads to Perception

The Avantgardistic State likes to play with ideas round boundaries and recstrictions, whether cultural, physical or mental. We are delighted therefore to announce a new programme; Cinema Architecture 2018: Itinerant Movies.

The intention is to show films shot ‘entirely in a single vehicle’. This means that each film can be seen as a specific vector that describes trajectories and movements marked through a Cartesian coordinate system or simply a map. With their deliberate visual restriction, the narrative of single-set films depends on the tension between the inside (vehicle) and the outside space (landscape).

These films transport the spectator from place to place, albeit with a clear spatial reference, namely the vehicle. Sailing along the Maas river by boat, moving across New York in a limousine or flying over the Robert Smithsons Spiral Jetty in a helicopter channels the perception of the landscape in a linear way: what is left behind is the known territory, what lies ahead is the unknown. Through this process the space is revealed to the spectator gradually, building up their own memories, associations, expectations, creating their own mental map on the way.

Deconstructing and reconstructing the architectural space depicted in the film engages the spectator in an active process of discovery.

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Film #5: Boatmen Dirk Rijneke (2012, NL, 40 min)

Special guest: the director Dirk Rijneke (Rotterdam Films)

Boatmen, directed by Dirk Rijneke, is a documentary about the dangerous life and work of the rowers calling themselves Boatmen. Every year more than 80,000 deep sea ships dock at the port of Rotterdam. The film Boatmen portrays the hard-working men of the rowers association VIOS (Progress Is Our Aim). Every ship that visits Rotterdam is berthed and later put to sea on the quay by these rowers. Its dangerous work and they face harsh conditions. Following the film screening, the director Dirk Rijneke will be on stage to talk about Rotterdam harbour, boatmen and the making of his film.