The Netherlands / Duration 3m 24s / 2012
A ring on fire, like the ones you normally find in circus acts, is burning on an iceberg.
Do we need more than this breathtaking nature to fulfill our need for entertainment?
Arjen de Leeuw studied sculpture at the Royal Academy of arts in The Hague (1990-1995). Coming from a sculptural background he now works mainly in video. Set within fictional settings his protagonists are challenged to deal with existential questions. They are forced to ask themselves how to position themselves within these often absurd circumstances.
A fascination for life’s absurdity, for the way we deal with fate, with things that are beyond our control, for instance our natural surroundings, are recurring elements in his work.
His work has been exhibited and screened both nationally and internationally. Recent screenings of his work have been at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and 25fps in Zagreb. Parallel to his practice, he has designed theatre sets and costumes for several experimental theatre productions. He currently lives in Amsterdam.