The Bosch Art Film (BAF) Festival held in 's-Hertogenbosch over this long weekend showcased a medley of crisply shot shorts and feature-length films by visionary film professionals the world over. Interspersed with enlightening talks, film premieres and opportunities for visitors to quiz the artists on the meaning of their compositions, this four-day event provided a quick glimpse into a world rarely visible to the general public.
Named after Hieronymus Bosch, a 15th century painter from the Netherlands who wove many references to moral fibre into his bursting portfolio of artistic creations, BAF has just completed its second year showcasing the crème de la crème of the art, film, architecture, and fashion industries. Here are a handful of gems from the last few days...
My Playground - Kaspar Astrup Schröder
This 50minute film by Danish visual artist Kaspar Astrup Schröder follows a tight group of Copenhagen-based urban athletes as they spring from rooftops to posts, fences to stairwells, ultimately questioning the function of architecture in the public realm. In following the gravity-defying movements of these lithe young sportsmen, Schröder enables his audience to view the city through their eyes, taking BIG’s Bjarke Ingels along for the ride…
Koolhaas Houselife – Ila Bêka en Louise Lemoine
There’s something rather indulgent about exploring the homes of others. In this beautifully shot 58minute piece, Lemoine follows the housekeeper of Rem Koolhaas’ Masion à Bordeaux on a tour of the property. Rather than focusing on the architectural design as one may expect, Lemoine looks to grasp the essence of everyday life in one of Koolhaas’ more intimate creations.
Women are Heroes – JR
Shot in 2010 by French activist JR, this feature-length film tracks the oppression of women in the slums of Brazil, India, Kenya and Cambodia. Pictured against the raw architecture of these poverty-stricken basins, JR’s production seeks to transform the women on the streets into local and international heroines.
Elsewhere on the programme was Sophie Fiennes’ Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow which documents the work of German sculptor Anselm Kiefer through forty-eight buildings encasing expressive installations; Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner directed by Murray Grigor, who tracks the designer’s mission to create architecture ‘without beginning and without end’; and the award-winning Wasteland by director Lucy Walker, which follows the personal journey of New York photographer Vik Muniz through the world’s largest rubbish dump – Jardim Gramacho in Rio de Janeiro. Over the three years Walker took to shoot the film, she caught Muniz’s developing journey as it transformed from a quest for artistic inspiration into a social comment on the ‘catadores’ of Jardim Gramacho and the transformative power of modern art.