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Build me a cottage (Netherlands)

Poetry Film International

By Pat van Boeckel and Peter Van der Pol, poem by Fernando Pessoa


3:51 Min. 2018


Video poem made in a abandoned wool factory in Portugal for the museum of Guarda by Pat van Boeckel and Peter van der Pol.


Pat van Boeckel is a Dutch artist, specialized in the documentary film genre and video art.
His video art examines the intertwined relation between humans and their (natural) environment. In general his work is characterized by its apparent simplicity. Through its slow pace it contrasts with the speed and volatility of modern visual culture. The embodied experience of time and place is central to both his documentaries and video art works. He prefers to project his video art in and on existing objects and spaces, thus adding new layers to the moving image. It enables him to twist and play with meanings and expectations. In the process, he invents his own language of signification, leaving the audience the space to make its own interpretations. The majority of his documentaries have been broadcasted on Dutch public television. His video art is made on location and is exhibited internationally (from Germany, UK, USA, to Russia, Japan and Mongolia).


Fernando Pessoa (1888 – 1935), was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language. He also wrote in and translated from English and French. Pessoa was a prolific writer, and not only under his own name, for he dreamed up approximately seventy-five others. He did not call them pseudonyms because he felt that did not capture their true independent intellectual life and instead called them heteronyms. These imaginary figures sometimes held unpopular or extreme views. His pen names: Alberto Caeiro, Álvaro de Campos, Ricardo Reis, Bernardo Soares, etc.