Saturday, September 8, 2012

TIFF, Future Projections: Springtime by Jeroen Eisinga

Dutch artist Jeroen Eisinga's "Springtime" is a startling and impressive performance work captured in a black and white. In the film that runs 19 minutes 5 seconds, he sits patiently as a swarm of over 250,000 bees engulfs him.

I happened to meet Eisinga at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCCA). He and I struck up a brief conversation, and he talked about how the process of sitting for the bees was somewhat meditative. Yes, he was stung numerous times. But he the sensation of the bees to be pleasurable connection with nature.

The film was curated by AndrĂ©a Picard as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's Future Projections programme, and is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCCA) in Toronto until September 16, 2012.

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