Michiel van Bakel

artistiek onderzoek - audiovisueel - beeldhouwen - conceptueel - DIY - experimenteel - film - fotografie - geluid - glaskunst - installatie - media - mens - natuur - objecten - omgeving - printen (3d) - publieke ruimte - sculptuur - video - wetenschap & techniek

"When I look around, I see a lot of technology that aims to constrain reality in predictability, by categorizing and automating. I want to use technology to evoke wonder and transcend reality and predictability.

I like to visualize things that were previously unseen and in that sense enrich my experience of reality. That is for me the incentive to make use of experimental video and animation techniques. Devices such as cameras, scanners and image processing algorithms I see as an extension of my senses. With these tools I manipulate images that are like anchors in time for me, but also images from my urban backyard: my condition urbaine.

In the same manner as a sculptor gives his material form through interventions in 3d space, I construct my videos in time. Recurring themes are examining human perception, experiencing time, disorientation and instability. "


P-9830 - Short experimental film. ‘Time is in the eye of the beholder’ A short animated film around Port number 9830 at the Maasvlakte, Rotterdam. it will have its world premiere at IFFR 2021 more info: https://vimeo.com/463068149
Walk-in Camera Obscura - Together with the glassblowers of the National Glass Museum, Van Bakel investigates the optical properties of glass. The result: glass cameras, a life-size walk-in camera obscura and various 'water lenses' that breathe new life into ancient techniques.
Michiel van Bakel - Video (2020, loop, 4', UHD, stereo) inspired by the painting David and Batseba (David and Bathseba) by Lucas Gassel (around 1538). Technique: Animation of composited pointclouds from photographs. Read more at https://vimeo.com/405421562/2bff4c7fdc
Michiel van Bakel - An experimental investigation into the optical possibilities of the traditional craft of glassblowing. Together with glassblowers Geir Nustad and Josja Caecilia Schepman and others at the Glaslab Leerdam. Supported by Mondriaan Fund, stichting Stokroos and Nationaal Glasmuseum Leerdam. https://www.nationaalglasmuseum.nl/