Puck Verkade

 

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Contact: puckverkade@gmail.com

Puck Verkade
b. 1987, The Netherlands
Lives and works in London, UK

www.puckverkade.com
instagram.com/puckv

BIO
As a feminist filmmaker Puck Verkade is well aware of how she candidly interacts with her subjects and audience, pushing her good girl profile to roam the edges of being politically correct and raising questions on social stigma. She’s demanding you to check your privilege with humor and self-reflection through the montage of satirical yet substantial footage accompanied by 80s and 90s pop music carefully selected on its lyrics and genre.

Central to Verkade’s recent work is the scrutiny of personal and social biases regarding privilege, agency and affect in her immediate surroundings. By playing an integral performative role in the video work herself, she aims to question her own and others’ subjectivities towards the ways we maintain prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. The videos resonate a struggle with the definition of psychological, physical, political borders through the support of diaristic imagery, sampled music as well as reappropriated online found footage.
Puck Verkade received a BFA from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2011 and is currently a MFA Fine Arts student at Goldsmiths University of London (2015-2017).

Parallel to her artistic practice Puck founded Wander, an artist-in-residence organization in The Hague that seeks to explore cross-disciplinary collaboration and stimulates artistic research. (2012-2014)
www.go-wander.org

 

 

 

Easy Target

2016 | looped video | 5:20 min.

Work in progress that explores different perspectives on targeting, security and disobedience through dialectical montage. Email me to watch a preview of the work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fear By Proxy (Liquid)

2016 | Looped Video | 4:30 min.

Work in progress recorded at the site of Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union, exploring the act of watching and being watched.
Email me to watch a preview of the video.

 

 

 

Self Surveillance

2016 | video installation 
& Total Body Pillow covered in clear PVC | 3:33 min.

Work in progress that explores the patient as consumer and body anxiety. The video combines found footage and cgi with recordings of my visit to a private healthcare clinic in Germany. You can email me to see a preview of the work. 

 

Solitary Company

2015 | video | 10 min.

Solitary Company is a portrait of a remote island off the north coast of Iceland, the first episode of a triptych about the micro-community of Hrisey, during the darkest months in winter when all is covered in snow and silence. During a month-long  residency on Hrisey, I conducted interviews with three generations of local people about their personal connection with the island, the effect of living in such a small community off the mainland, and their relationship to silence. The premiere of Solitary Company was screened during video art fair LOOP in Barcelona, June 2015

Read more on Solitary Company in the essay Land Of The Enlightened by Alix De Massiac, 2016

 

Losing Presence

2014 | video | 23:43 min.

Taking my mothers' death as a point of departure, Losing Presence shows an exploration of the concepts of presence, absence and transcendence. By using my own videomaterial, mainly shot in the buddhistic Thailand, and combining it with found footage of Western popular culture, philosophy and anthroposophy, it becomes a video-collage that stimulates to associate freely on the journey from the material to the immaterial. The video shows references to theories of reincarnation but also considers matters of our current virtual existence. Losing Presence is captured through a live-edit on my computer screen while composing a video-collage of moving images, soundbites and subtitles. Instead of performing in front of the camera, I use the mouse-cursor to perform my manipulation live on screen.

 

Persona

2013 | 2 channel video installation | 21min.

In Persona, my father and I join a spiritual retreat as a means to find peace with our so-called inner self. The video reflects critically but humorously on the contemporary trend of 'finding your true self' and questions if this pursuit is nothing but a social roleplay or a naive dream. Persona is a 2 channel installation projected on free floating screens. The left screen shows my fathers’ perspective, while the right screen shows mine. Both my father and I carry a camera to record our experiences and conduct interviews with each other.    

Any Day Now

2011 | 3 channel video | 30min

Any Day Now is a multiple screen documentary based on my visit to the Watchmen of the Night, a christian community who believe that The Netherlands soon will be hit by a tsunami, an indication of the long awaited apocalypse. One of the members received a divine prophecy telling them to spread the word, make shelter and conserve foods. They live on a huge piece of land, above sealevel, aim to be self-reliant and grow their own resources. I brought my video camera, put up my tent in their backyard and lived with them for two weeks. The video installation shows our conversations, the confrontation of our different views on life and reflects on the search for truth and existence. Turning the camera to myself functions as a narrating method when revealing doubts that arise about my own truth. The three screens show different perspectives, both visually and conceptually, which also demands an active attitude from the audience. 
 

 

Multiverse

2012 | ​panoramic video | 20 min.

Multiverse is based on my participation and infiltration in a Dutch TV-talentshow for artists. The videowork consists of an assemblage of TV-episodes made by the television crew, scenes shot by my father and hidden camera footage. It shows the situation behind the scenes, while I'm trying to infiltrate the television industry and question it's grip on the audience by becoming part of it. By conducting interviews with the tv-crew, the director, myself as a participant and adding replies of the audience, the video creates a multiperspective on the situation blurring fact and fiction. The video is projected on a free floating screen with extreme panoramic dimensions to create a sense of voyeurism.