Stream, feature & short films, 2016-2020
THE SPIRIT OF CONNECTIVITY | Valerie van Zuijlen | December 2020
What does "Connection" mean to you? Together with a worldwide network of yet to meet connections, this piece of moving imagery attempts to generate and grasp the answer to this question. While reaching out to different artists from all over the world, from videographers, producers, vocalists, singer-songwriters, spokesman, musicians, dancers, performers,... This film is an homage to connection and being connected. As the art direction itself may only have taken place through the extension of virtual communication. A portal that enables us to connect over distance, with distant strangers, to other perspectives, visions, thoughts, hopes, and dreams. It is a modern take on virtual filmmaking that can only be made possible through connecting beyond the virtual boundaries of the physical, cognitive, and philosophical realms of the afar and the other. Together we send, we receive, and we enable; connection. A bond we establish together. Even though the year 2020 due to the pandemic may have caused us to be physically more distant from one another, the sentimental touch of being in all of this together has struck our spirit to connect with so much and many more. Especially during this holiday season, the spirit of connection is vividly present. For this upcoming new year of 2021, it might need an extra spotlight to show its sparkle. With this short film, produced within 1 week's time, I hope to take you upon a journey around the globe, brought together from all over the globe, touching upon each continent, a sparkle, a joy, a sadness, a relief. Showing the true meaning of connection from afar, while being closer together than ever... This film brings together the Spirit of Connection, on Earth & beyond. It is a bond of simply reaching out and connecting together. Brought to you from Australia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Israel, Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Albania, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Portugal, Finland, U.K., Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia & the Netherlands.
THE OCTOPUS NETWORK | Marco Mezzavilla & Valerie van Zuijlen | Imagine Science Film Symbiosis 2020
THE OCTOPUS NETWORK A living organism to host, extend, connect, and express our senses. The Octopus Network is our attempt to capture the boundless motion of human senses, thoughts, and emotions that are constantly flowing around us - transported over invisible waves that dance to the vibrational rhythm of electromagnetism, one of the four fundamental forces of Nature. We explored the spectrum in which physical boundaries become virtually boundless. During this exploratory journey, we met distant strangers that felt closer than ever. We switched roles, we stretched our senses, we created virtual spaces that gave us a sense of natural equilibrium, collectiveness, togetherness, and sensorial flow.
MOONLIGHT | Valerie van Zuijlen | GLOW Light Festival Eindhoven 2019
MOONLIGHT (2019) is a light and sound installation visualizing Earth-Moon-Earth communication. with Valerie van Zuijlen (art director), Jan van Muijlwijk & Harry Keizer (Radio Observatory Dwingeloo), Mark Ijzerman (Componist), Thijs Rijkers (mirror construction), Michel Suk & Bas Kemper (light operators). Supported by Crow Foederer Talent Award. Working together with the Dutch HAM Astronomers Jan van Muijlwijk and Harry Keizer (CAMRAS), facilitators of the radio observatory Dwingeloo, we visualized the act of Earth-Moon-Earth communication, or moonbounce in short. Using the moon as a reflector, the radio observatory is used to bounce musical sounds off of the moon, which are used in a musical composition. The moonbounced sounds are visualised using a vibrating mirror, illustrating the act of using the moon as a reflector. Video shot by Dominic van Buul and Valerie van Zuijlen. Edit by Mark Ijzerman.
AIREAL | Valerie van Zuijlen | 2019
I've spent the day in front of my memory box. I was slowly scanning a vision without knowing it was a description of a dream. More and more my dreams find their settings in the clouds. A face appears, disappears, a trace is found, is lost. I realize that I continue to seek in the labyrinth of the Past, a Future concealed the night before. I begin to wonder if those dreams are really mine, or if part of a totality, of a gigantic collective dream of which the entire universe may be the projection. A Film by Valerie van Zuijlen. June 2019 Part of "As Real As It Can Get", the graduation show of Shadow Channel, MA Film, Design and Politics at Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. www.sandberg.nl/graduation2019/valerie-van-zuijlen www.valerievanzuijlen.space
Terrarium | Valerie van Zuijlen | 2018
A documentary on "watching" New York. In which a rear window is presented on the notion of voyeurism, the unconscious visible even as the attempt of creating intimacy through the use of technology as for the network of the internet of things. NEW YORK– 3600 miles apart from my home in Amsterdam. A physical measurement in distance between me and my family, in which technology plays an affordable role in order to remain a form of daily communication, both in speech, sound and visuals, through the use of telecommunication software such as Skype or FaceTime. Ever so intimacy in relationship to the actual, opposed to the virtual, gets lost. Most of all the missing out of physical communication, or the essence of being present in the same physical space. As for that the main question consists of the ability to create a sense of intimacy through the use of technology and the accessible communication Networks that are available today.
VIZION 061718 | Valerie van Zuijlen | 2018
VIZION I can't see you, so technically I am always looking away. It is a period of Technology, in which the machine VIZION is overplayed on our (the users) eye sight. A blur strikes, the differentiation in Space between Reality and Virtuality seems more distanced then it appeared to be. Seeking for communicative forms between the two species of intelligence that will become verbal applicable. The VIZION appears to be, existing. Drifting consciousness knowledge about their travels and forseeing of the Galaxy from up high and below. Static encounters appear with different forms of alter-forces within their own nation of series. Pursued by Religion and Spirituality they care to mingle all within the vision of one Eye, machine Vizion. Perceiving their surroundings while Producing and Operating their witness of Existence… I am the camera, not just the camera woman. Premiere: Research Trailer Duration: 13 min Production year: 2018 Footage: VZ's iPhone & Drone (Space) Drone: Liquilove (World) Script: Cleverbot (Cyberspace) Composer: MKG Arts(India) Vocal: Shauna Cardwell(U.K.) Choir: Epic Choir(U.S.A.) Freestyle: Nonsookafor(Nigeria)
Guǐ nǚhái and the League of Hong Kong | Valerie van Zuijlen | 2018
Process Orientated game. Resemblance of Hong Kong with simulations of the city within the realm of film and videogames. From beginning to the end I resembled multiple features within the gaming elements with perspectives that are drawn within the so called ‘reality’. The relationship between ‘virtuality’ and ‘reality’ has been called upon in multiple aspects within daily adventures. Instead of comprehending the video game world with aspects from the real world, I started to naturally comprehend the real world with video game aesthetics. The role that Hong Kong as city has played within this narrative might have been a mayor feature to begin with. As Hong Kong as city feels rather advanced or strangified in relation to its landscape, urbanization and technological equipment which feels rather peculiar in the eyes of a beginner player. As an answer to what this relationship can maintain, or rather said what the scope is within videogames. I feel that rather to put it as a process orientated game, in which the player feels the need to wander around a little more before it may continue to the next level within this global game of life.
The Ghetto of Angels | Valerie van Zuijlen | 2018
iPhone Film production by Valerie van Zuijlen projecting a spiritual walk through the dollhouse of empowering dreams and mutabilities. Held in hand through a set of rooms, all in which the occupatience of time and place is nor relevant nor depicted as reality. Both influences of history and the future even as the virtual, the death, the cyber and the living, are seemingly brought together into one dimension, ‘timelessness’ occurs. A haunted feeling of dark ambient matter portrays the scenes [Ghetto], so what is, so to feel? Still there is a quest to the essence of salvation in hope, love, purity and the so called divine beauty of harmony [Angels]. At all places to become, is this the one that takes me back and brings me forth? Contradicting between one and the multiple of several, alone and together, single & multiplayer. The depiction of an arising tribe, for fact and matter. Keywords: Ineffable, Nostalgia, Anxiety, Harmony, Intimacy, Coherency, Cult, Tribe, Love, Holy, Religion, Divine, Beauty, Time, History, Future, Reality, Dreams, Nature, Darkness, Peculiar, Anonymous, Single- & Multiplayer.