Daan Bunnik, Graduation Project. Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, 2012
De Huid Voelt
De Huid Voelt is a diptych on my view of my parents. With this observational video portrait I address the changing perceptions I have of my family. In the diptych the struggles of observing the aging bodies of my parents are depicted. The video about my father examines what it does to a child to see the aged, naked body of his parents, while the video about my mother addresses the pain of a child to see his mother struggling with her less valid body. In this project I express with an intimate and poetic voice the difficulties concerning letting go of and simultaneously holding on to the environment one grows up in.
Stills from my father's film
Stills from my mother's film
This thesis analyses the development I went through to graduate with three observational films. It examines how previously disparate elements, observational writing and spatial and emotional evocative cinematography, became congruent in my piece ‘De Huid Voelt’ (Skin Feels) that lead to a triptych observational video portrait. In this portrait I address the changed perception I have of my family and the changed relationship I have with them. These short films depict my struggles with observing the aging bodies of my parents, the fear of entering my old neighbourhood park at night and the altered relation between my oldest brother and me. In this project I want to express the difficulties concerning letting go of and simultaneously holding on to the environment one grows up in.
Thesis: The Congruence of Observational Writing and Distinct Cinematography