Manon de Boer
Image: © CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust)
Manon de Boer’s best known films include a series of portraits that consider the interplay between image and sound. In recent work she been interested in the process of learning and transmission, and in moments of open-ended time in which ‘doing nothing’ can transform into play – and play into creation.
A Dutch artist living in Brussels, Manon de Boer was educated at the Akademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited internationally, at the Venice Biennale (2007), Berlin Biennale (2008), the São Paulo Bienal (2010) and Documenta 13 (2012) and has also been included in numerous film festivals in Hong Kong, Marseille, Rotterdam and Vienna. She teaches at Ecole de Recherche Graphique.
Manon de Boer first visited Cornwall in October 2016, when she was invited to develop a new film for Groundwork. At this time, and during a subsequent visit in March 2017, she sat in on sessions at the International Musicians Seminar (IMS) at Prussia Cove. After the concentrated intensity of the IMS workshops, she was drawn to the idea of spending time with children, working together to experiment with new sounds and rhythms. She is developing a film with three music students from Helston Community College, who came together in February 2018, at Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, to improvise and play. The project is a development of her continuing fascination with the way in which open time can provide the conditions for creation.
Manon is working with the Brussels-based production and distribution platform Auguste Orts to realise the film, which has attracted grants from the Mondriaan Fund and from the Elephant Trust in addition to funding from the Groundwork budget, supported by Arts Council England.