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Residencies Insights: An Experiment in Leisure
Film Screening and Conversation with Manon de Boer (Netherlands/Belgium), Artist-in-Residence

6 Sep 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

The latest film produced by Artist-in-Residence Manon de Boer, An Experiment in Leisure (2016, 35 min) whispers a collective reflection on the rhythms of creation and on the relationship between free time and creativity. Drawing on the theories of British psychoanalyst Marion Milner (1900-1998) about the dynamics of concentration, daydreaming, and open-ended time, de Boer collected the voices of several artists reflecting upon their creative processes and weaved them together with the sounds a Norwegian seascape. Capturing the images of the artists’ empty workspaces and those of the deserted marine landscape, the film slows down the process of perception and composes a lyrical essay on leisure as a condition for inspiration.

Held in The Single Screen, the screening will be introduced by a conversation between the artist and Dr Anna Lovecchio, Curator, Residencies.


Manon de Boer (b. 1966) is a Dutch artist based in Brussels. She completed her artistic education at the Akademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam, and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her work has received wide international recognition. Her most recent solo shows include presentations at Secession, Vienna, Austria (2016), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2013), Philadelphia Museum of Art, United States (2012); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, United States (2011).

Image credit: Manon de Boer, An Experiment in Leisure, 2016, digital film still. Courtesy the artist.

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