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"This is a very odd thing. I first heard it on a tape, issued by
Stanley Schtinter. I spoke to him about it, how odd and interesting I
thought it was.
I then started investigating the weird, wild cinematic / art world
of Franz Zwartjes. Have a look around yourself. Google him. YouTube him.
This album is Tapes 1. It is music form his archived tapes, of his
noises and film music and sound recordings. Tapes 2 is on the way."
Zwartjes (Alkmaar, 1927) is a composer, photographer, draftsman,
painter and sculptor. However, he acquired the most fame as a filmmaker.In
1968, Zwartjes began to experiment with film as an artistic medium.
Short films, mostly in black and white, with high contrast, a very own
narrative and often without any text. "I'm someone who thinks you should
look at the movie, not what's being filmed."Everything
that happens when making a movie is done by Zwartjes himself. From
camera mood, direction and assembly to the music, the sound and the
development of the movies. Also internationally, the style of Zwartjes
is considered to be influential. Susan
Sontag (1933-2004) - author of, amongst others, the famous essay bundle
On Photography (1977) - called him the most important experimental
filmmaker of his time.The films of
Zwartjes are characterized by unexpected perspective and image changes,
which gives them an alarming and somewhat psychedelic character.Extreme
close-ups of eyelashes, lips and shadows are interspersed with Spectator
(1970) with recordings that also portray the persons to whom they
belong. In Living (1971) Zwartjes filmed himself and his wife Trix while
rubbing through an empty house. The recordings are made with a
wide-angle lens. The film is not spoken, it is a combination of sounds,
perspectives, empty spaces and facial expressions. "The eye moves, the
ear is moved," said Zwartjes.Zwartjes
studied music and played viola at the Dutch Opera. In 1990 he was the
first winner of the Ouborg Prize. Werk van Zwartjes was exhibited in,
among others, the Fotomuseum The Hague, GEM (The Hague), EYE (Amsterdam)
and ICA (London).
edited July 5
I know Frans Zwartjes from the Vrije Academie Den Haag were he teached experimetal film. At
that time I was teaching Sound Art there. Before filmmaking, he studied
music for 5 years. Especially of interest was his cooperation with
France's-Marie Utti, the cello player. Film: Confidential.More on Frans Zwartjes:https://www.eyefilm.nl/en/film/frans-zwartjes-home-sweet-home