3D stereoscopic installation, loop, 2017
Music: David Dramm

Since a decade I am following the works of Arent Weevers and had the honour to show some of his 3D installations at the international BEYOND Festival at ZKM in Germany. His very subtle approach, on very important issues of our time, result from his mastery not only in the 3-dimensional video works, but also the context he constructs in presenting those works in spaces like the Lebuinus Church in Deventer in the Netherlands. Here the value of the work got a surplus by the real world, when the well in the crypt, where the artwork was presented, was flooded by the rising waters of the Ijssel creating a powerful metaphor on Climate Change.

Space-Time-Narratives at his best.

Ludger Pfanz

Head of Beyond Festival
Head of Future Design Institute
Head of the Expanded 3Digital Cinema Laboratory of the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design ZKM | Center for Art and Media

In 768 the Anglo-Saxon missionary Lebuinus crossed the River IJssel and arrived in Deventer. He built a little wooden church on the spot where the Great or Lebuinus Church, which is named after him, now stands. Today’s Gothic church with its vaulted ceiling reaches high into the heavens. The Roman crypt gives you a very different spatial experience. Whereas you feel the huge distances when you walk into the church, in contrast in the crypt everything is close by. It is much more intimate. And it is here that, as part of the IJssel Biennial 2017, the 3D stereoscopic installation Well was made. It was commissioned by the Protestant Congregation of Deventer in the Netherlands.

The well in the crypt is covered with a grille and is connected to the River IJssel. It overflows whenever the IJssel bursts its banks and then gradually the water recedes. This heritage is reflected in the design of the artwork. The coming and going of the slow moving 3D baby in the well creates a virtual space, which is linked to the actual space in the crypt. The music, specially composed by David Dramm, connects these two spaces and hangs over the floor like a mist.

Do you know that this artwork…

PREMIERE IJsselbiënnale, Deventer – June/ September 2017
Is exhibited at:
3D Moving Images Festival, Deventer – September 2017