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Sailing to Skye


Sailing to Skye ~
Filmed summer 2018 on the clipper Wilhelmina (wadgenieten.nl) sailing the dutch Wadden Sea.
Before (20181129) my documentary ‘Clipper Wilhelmina Sailing the Wadden Sea’ was posted here https://michelvanderburg.com/2018/11/29/clipper-wilhelmina-sailing-the-wadden-sea/ .

Sailing to Skye ~ Music : Skye Boat Song (Traditional Scottish arr D Reiter) by Healing Muses | Magnatune (id 1110030198116) ~ Film : 20200811 Michel van der Burg | Miracles.Media ~ Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Image The Other


Image The Other ~
Expo ‘The Image of the Other’ filmed March 18, 2014 in the Brussels Bequinage church.

Imaging the Other , Imagining Danger. How are “others” depicted? Are stereotypes necessary or dangerous? Does the comparison with contemporary cartoons hold up?

Quote :
“The Image of the Other wants to dwell on the image of the ‘Other’ : ‘the Black’, ‘the Jew’ , ‘the Turk’ , ‘the Heretic’. Examples from the Flemish and Dutch religious art from around 1450 – 1750 reflects this perception.

In art , the ‘Other’ is often stereotyped. Works of medieval or renaissance now give us the impression of being racist or discriminatory. But what about our newspapers and advertisements” Are they doing so much better?

The way in which the ‘Other’ is imagined should better not be underestimated as this could lead to serious consequences. For example, certain stereotypical views remain for decades and these biases can be part of our overall imaging. This process can even develop into structural racism. In that sense, there is a certain danger in the images of the other from the past. So we are quite critical of the thousands of images that we see every day.” — Quote from the installation ‘DE ANDERE VERBEELD / VERBEELD GEVAAR’ (The Image of the Other / Imaginary Danger) by ORBIT.

With this exhibition ORBIT wants to critically analyze our view of “the other”, past and present. ORBIT not only wants to dwell on the portrayal of ‘the other’ in Christian art, but also wants to dwell on today’s portrayal in the media. How are “others” depicted? Are stereotypes necessary or dangerous?

Thanks to Karen Wyckmans , Heritage Project Coordinator | Project “De Andere Verbeeld” (The Image of the Other) | ORBIT – http://www.orbitvzw.be . More info at site https://deandereverbeeld.wordpress.com .
Thanks also to priest Daniel Alliët – host of both the expo and the concurrent Afghan Refugee Camp (March 2014) in the Brussels Beguinage Church (Saint John the Baptist at the Béguinage – Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste au Grand Béguinage ) – now House of Compassion – http://www.houseofcompassion.brussels .
In the background sound of the Afghan Refugee Camp and the Béguinage church pipe organ played during music lessons by Félix Snyers and student.
From the Beguinage Project by Kristen Cattell (USA) and Michel van der Burg (Holland).
Film : Image The Other | 20200801 | Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Samir Hamdard ~ Afghan Refugee Camp Brussels Beguinage Church


Samir Hamdard ~ Afghan Refugee Camp Brussels Beguinage Church ~ In March 2014 Kristen Cattell (USA) and Michel van der Burg (Holland) traveled to Brussels, Belgium to meet a group of Afghans living inside an old Catholic church – the church of Saint John the Baptist at the Béguinage (Beguinage Church). At the time, nearly one hundred Afghan refugees had set up camp within the walls of the seventeenth century compound. We made a reportage and interviewed several people including Samir Hamdard (Ahmad Samir Hamdard) .
Samir the tireless activist of peace, justice and solidarity, was the spokesperson for the afghan refugees in Belgium – he died following a terrible fire accident that happened today a year ago (July 2019).

We thank Samir Hamdard and the other Afghan refugee friends who welcomed us and gave the interviews (note : full report of the other interviews in a follow-up later). Special thanks to Isabelle Marchal and others whose works were on display in the church and are shown in this film. Félix Snyers on the Béguinage church pipe organ.

Special thanks also to priest Daniel Alliët – host of the camp – who when retiring in 2019 started a new life for the church as House of Compassion – officially March 21 , 2020 – @houseofcompassionbrussels – http://www.houseofcompassion.brussels .

More about the Beguinage Project here http://bit.ly/1HZguvY and here https://michelvanderburg.com/?s=Beguinage

Reportage by Kristen Cattell (USA) and Michel van der Burg (Holland) | Beguinage Project .
Film : Samir Hamdard ~ Afghan Refugee Camp Brussels Beguinage Church | 20200729 | Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Vincent


Vincent ~ Auberge Ravoux in the village of Auvers-sur-Oise near Paris, France, photographed summer 1996.
Vincent van Gogh’s place the last 70 days of his life – in the Ravoux Inn with his tiny attic room , where he died in the early morning of 29 July 1890 – shot in the stomach (either by himself or by others).
Vincent ~ Music : Gymnopedie (Satie) by Ohad Ben Ari | Artlist ~ Film : 20200728 Michel van der Burg | 1-memo.com | miracles.media

Window with a View ~ Pinhole Film


Window with a View ~ Pinhole Film .
Watching the sails spinning outside the Red windmill window – sitting inside the Red hollow post mill – in Holland known as “Rooie Wip” wipmolen , build 1639 for draining the polder water into the nearby Old Rhine river in Hazerswoude , Alphen , Holland.
Filmed summer 2013 with a pinhole camera : SLR Magic ‘Toy’ Pin Hole cap – f/128 aperture, 12mm focal length (24mm-equivalent), 84° angle view – mounted on a Olympus Micro Four Third camera (E-PM1). Synchronized sound from Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder.
First edition published as Windmill Window in lower resolution in 2016 (20160726).
Window with a View ~ Pinhole Film | 20160726 ~ 20200711 | Michel van der Burg | 1-memo•com | miracles•media

Spinning Sails ~ Pinhole Film


Spinning Sails ~ Pinhole Film .
Personal anecdote (to a grandchild, told at the end of this film , in dutch) : “a great-great grandmother of me was caught and killed by such spinning sails (blades) of her windmill” nearby in South-Holland.
Pinhole videography (camera without a lens – just a pinhole) of the sails of the hollow post corn windmill ‘New Life’ (dutch : wipstelling korenmolen “Nieuw Leven”) in the little town Hazerswoude , Alphen, South-Holland, Netherlands.
Previously as a shorter – one minute – edition published : Windmill Sails | 20160410 | Michel van der Burg | 1-memo.com .
Filmed summer 2013 with a Olympus Micro Four Third camera (E-PM1) capped with the SLR Magic ‘Toy’ Pin Hole cap – f/128 aperture, 12mm focal length (24mm-equivalent), 84° angle view. Synchronized sound from Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder.
Spinning Sails ~ Pinhole Film | 20200710 | Michel van der Burg | 1-memo•com | miracles•media

Red Polder Windmill ~ Pinhole Film

Red Polder Windmill ~ Pinhole Film .
In dutch known as “Rooie Wip” wipmolen – Red hollow post mill – build 1639 for draining polder water into the nearby Old Rhine river in Alphen (near Hazerswoude) , Holland.
Filmed summer 2013 with a pinhole camera : SLR Magic ‘Toy’ Pin Hole cap – f/128 aperture, 12mm focal length (24mm-equivalent), 84° angle view – mounted on a Olympus Micro Four Third camera (E-PM1). Sound recorded from both inside the mill (a little) and outside using a Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder. Red Polder Windmill ~ Pinhole Film | 20200709 | 1-memo.com