Michiel van Bakel  |  Hooidrift 122-A   3023KV  |  Production Company: Zinc Garden Productions Rotterdam |  NL |

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Born 1966 in Deurne, The Netherlands, son of artist Gerrit van Bakel

Michiel van Bakel studied astronomy, photography (Psychopolis; Frans Zwartjes) and psychology for several years before he chose for autonomous visual art, at art school. Van Bakel expresses himself artistically in film and videos, sculpture and installations.

His work focuses on people and their surroundings, often resulting in a poetic reality. It conveys a fascination for the tension between humans and technology, and the perception of time in our disrupted ecosystems.

“When I look around, I see a lot of technology that aims to constrain reality in predictability, by categorizing and automating. I want to use technology to evoke wonder and transcend reality and predictability.

I like to visualize things that were previously unseen and in that sense enrich my experience of reality. That is for me the incentive to make use of experimental video and animation techniques. Devices such as cameras, scanners and image processing algorithms I see as an extension of my senses. With these tools I manipulate images that are like anchors in time for me, but also images from my urban backyard: my condition urbaine.

In the same manner as a sculptor gives his material form through interventions in 3d space, I construct my videos in time. Recurring themes are examining human perception, experiencing time, disorientation and instability. ”


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Extended Dutch version, PDF


Voordracht  door Cornel Bierens

Interview (NL) PDF GONZOcircus door Maarten Buzer

Interview (NL) 2023  IfThenIsNow door W van Teeffelen

Video (NL) 2011 compilatie  Interviews met Gerrit en Michiel van Bakel TU/e


Interview (EN) 2013 on Equestrian (short movie) PDF Questions by Alexander Streitberger to Michiel van Bakel concerning his work Equestrian