DreamCamEra video
Up Is Down Is Up

Uo Is Down Is Up video still by Arjan Vanmeenen

video 2017
multi screen / mixed/ 8min / stereo

In olden days myths and religion were the main tapestry of storytelling. Due to errors in translation and (re)interpretations by translators and copying writers, stories began to morph and splinter. The validity of oracles and priest of old has waned over time. Contemporary (Western) society has replaced gods with celebrities and the 'one' truth is distributed by the media.
Tragedy spawns stories. -Today, legends are instant spectacles to distract us from the banality of our own lives. The validity of the sources has been eroded, hollowed out by a constant desire to supply tragedy and sensation at the cost of fact and research.
This video is based on one such tragedy.

Up Is Down Is Up,is an experiment with text and narrative projection. The voice-overs are performed by children that don't speak the English language. Therefore not only the content mutates, but intonations and emphasis are skewed and displaced. Deliberately making the viewer question what exactly is being said, suggested or imagined.


RIF/FIR still video by Arjan Vanmeenen

video 2011
single screens / mixed/ 23min / stereo sound

RIF/FIR (Resistance is Futile/ Futility is Resistance) centers around the influence of movies on our collective memory and as an extension the construction of our sense of (sur)reality.

RIF/FIR is a hybrid between mockumentary, vlogging, ballyhoo and appropriation. It is a collection of short videos, voice narrated in the tradition of documentaries, however exclusively relying on public domain and stock footage as its visual counterpart. The content of this mockumentary is stitched together from opening and closing-lines of movies, combined with crackpot paranoid conspiracy theories, gradually subverting both reality and cinema.


SCANscAPE Still by Arjan Vanmeenen

single screen / color / 20min / stereo

While questioning "redundant" media, SCANscAPE tries to capture "temporary" moments, patches them together in a grainy digitized mirage and plays with the compulsive narrative reflex of viewers.
Solely composed out of re-filmed footage, broadcasted by video chatters, SCANscAPE knits together fragments of fleeting stories once streamed online for an often unknown audience.

The "stray" footage is accompanied by sporadic text fragments; cam-chatter and poetry are repeatedly retranslated by computers to make up a Dadaist cut-up.
The soundtrack is a collage of mundane sounds, feedback and snippets of live saxophone improvisation (which accompanied a silent premiere) moulded into a unique soundscape that allows the viewer to drift into rumination.


Church  of Chica fashion video by Arjan Vanmeenen

single screen / color/ 3min / stereo

Video for the Church of Chica (COC) collection of Tom Van Der Borght.

Tea With Georgette

Tea With Georgette Still by Arjan Vanmeenen

single screen / color / 5min 55sec / mute

Tea With Georgette (or why my insomnia invites yellow rabbits to climb up my ceiling) is an absurd ritualised homage to the late Georgette Wanyn.