Puck Verkade (1987) lives and works in
The Hague, The Netherlands.
Please contact me to view full length videos.
Taking my mothers' death as a starting-point, Losing Presence shows an exploration of the concepts of presence, absence and transcendence. The video is made by capturing my computer screen and shows a live-edit composition of moving images and sound. By using my own material, 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 concept of death. Losing Presence is also available as a live-edit performance, through Skype or on location.
Present Absence is based on a series of monologues ripped from YouTube channels edited together with my own shot footage. Just like Losing Presence, this video is created by capturing a live editing session on my screen; it's a composition of moving images, subtitles and sound. The monologues were found online by searching on the tags grief, loss or death. The people in front of the camera are YouTube-videographers who share their grief and pain with their online followers and describe how they deal with the death of a loved one. By editing the monologues to my own liking, I've created a looped narrative that slowly but surely exposes the stages of grief; from being lost and in shock, to sadness, to acceptance. Present Absence is also available as a live-edit performance, through Skype or on location.
Staging Loss is an on demand customized ASMR video-session using relics of a beloved person who you've lost. ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is a perceptual phenomenon characterized as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation and relaxation in response to visual, auditory and cognitive stimuli. On YouTube you can find a huge movement of people who produce their own homemade videos for their followers to experience ASMR. Staging Loss is based on ASMR-videos but takes it a step further by using relics from a deceased person as a treatment for grief. Not only will these sessions help you relax, but it also could be seen as a way to deal with mourning. If you are interested I can make a personalized ASMR session for you. Place an order via firstname.lastname@example.org
In Persona, my father and I join a spiritual retreat as a means to find peace with our so-called inner self. In a way Persona seems like the most intimate narrative that I've constructed so far, but at the same time it exposes the manipulative power of integrity which can be understood as a means to play a role. Persona in the word's everyday usage (stems from the Greek), is a social role or a character played by an actor.
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. I brought my videocamera, put up my tent in their backyard and lived with them for a while. The video installation shows our conversations, the confrontation of our different views on life & reflects on the search for truth and existence. Turning the camera to myself functions as a narrative when revealing doubts that arise about my own truth.
is based on my participation and infiltration in a Dutch TV-talentshow for artists. 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 for example the director, with myself as a participant and adding replies of the audience, the video creates a multiperspective on the situation. The video is projected on a free floating screen with extreme panoramic dimensions which creates a sense of voyeurism.
A multifaceted & sitespecific soloproject for the Gemeentemuseum that consists of performance, installations, videos & a serie of events. Edith as muse originated from the painting 'Portrait of Edith' by Egon Schiele, which is the 'showpiece' of the museum's collection. Made possible by the generous support of Spaanfonds, Mondriaan Fonds & Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.