"Attraction to an indifferent nature"

"Exoplanet" is the outcome of a bodily dialogue with the Somme in France. The Somme is a slow meandering river that comes with a network of swamps and canals. Most of the river is artificially guided, a familiar landscape; nonetheless, its microcosmos reveal an exotic and strange site. As the water mass evolves slowly to the sea, radically indifferent like the desert, it creates a surprising diversity of cellular life. The upper Somme region is hillish, the remnants of a once-massive mountain range. Its fertility makes it the granary of France. Agricultural exploitation is present everywhere: endless waves of fields, machines harvesting, the naked earth.
Born -alone- and walking this nonhuman planet, humans may have constructed an algorithm to escape from one of the primal fears: the end of life. The algorithm pushes for endless growth, making humans claim and exploit humans and nonhumans. Today, this algorithm hesitates due to the appearance of global climate changes. The outcome of this personal encounter with the river points to the failing boundaries of concepts as "human," "nonhuman," "nature," and “landscape." The cellular life flows and lives on the indifferent river, easily permeating a seemingly strong and well-defined human sphere. My blood contains water, organic structures, cells. Are these cells part of me? Some of them seem alien to my body but coexist, some are dangerous invaders. Nature is not a place outside, it is inside. It is not a friend nor foe, it just is. The separation between humans and nonhumans appears to be an illusion. Once nature is revealed as a possible construct, a mirror of self-illusion, a posthuman transformation coexisting with nonhumans can come closer.
As an artist-explorer, the on-site specificity is essential to my creative process. Video, photographs, and sound fragments are captured during a short but intense, solitary backpacking hike. The intent to follow the GR-800 route from the source of the Somme to the North Sea is clear, however that destination was not reached. Regardless, the project opens itself to the site and unfolds: I act with heightened senses and the strong presence of the site. Eventually, I cannot but change.
Poetry and music are composed editing images and sound, opening transversal media channels. The making of the short film is a performance, an event happening, a transformation. The intent is to keep sound and images unpolished and randomized, to emphasize today's audio-visual algorithms. Contradictory to the notion of film as moving images, a lot of images are photographs. In that, I was inspired by La Jetee from Chris Marker.

  • Nikolaas Boucquey
  • Nikolaas Boucquey
  • Nikolaas Boucquey
  • Nikolaas Boucquey
    Original Musical score
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Art, posthuman, experimental, short film, author, site specific, transversal, poetry
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 EUR
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  • Shooting Format:
    Full HD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Art Film Awards
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    December 30, 2021
    Winner Best Indie Short Film
  • Monza Film Fest
    September 9, 2022
    Honorable Mention
  • Hamburg Film Awards
    January 31, 2022
    Official Selection Short Film
  • Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift
    February 15, 2022
    North America Premiere
    Semi-finalistBest Experimental Short
  • Palm Springs International Film Awards
    Palm Springs
    United States
    March 10, 2022
Director Biography - Nikolaas Boucquey

2021 Short Film Taking Time: screening short film/performance
2020 Short film/music videos
2019 Docent Energy Management at HOWEST University of Applied Sciences
2016 Bachelor of Arts in Art Sciences UGent (cum laude), Major Performance and Media Art
1994 Designer, project manager, manager
1993 Master in Bio-engineering sciences
1980 Poetry / Photography / Music
1969 Birth
Short Film Taking Time: short film/performance inspired by Trienal Brugge on 20-24/07/2021 and 6-7/11/2021
Le champ de Mars (2021)
Helium, H2 and Methane (2021), series of 6 short films
The public is not present (2021)
Carnage (2021)
Darkentries (2021), IMDb Qualified
Exoplanet (2020).
Bernadetje (2021)
KoudHelderSpiegelWarm (2021)
Forlorn fields (2020)
Papillon (2020)
The writer (2020)
Wolf’s run (2020)

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Director Statement

= Artist-explorer.
From personal and on site-specific experiences, to the larger contemporary world. The process of creation is an exploration. Deejaying media and performing art, audio-visual art, poetry. I imagine for your pleasure, surprise, and awareness. Teasing to explore.
= Accessible.
The audio-visual is rhythmic, colorful without hiding for dissonance. Sequences speak an intuitive non-reflective language, and open the senses, breaking down chronological time.
= Dada.
There are layers, and topics to be discovered. At present my dada is posthumanism, climate change, media, human drivers, the changing interactions between public spaces/private spheres/virtuality.
= Onsite objets-trouves.
Fragments of images, words, sound, music, text are objets-trouvés captured on the spot. The transcription of a comic, but also tragic existence, by meeting objects. Recruiting the sites’ specificity as one of the major actors. Before and after the site, there is the digging up of information, then there is the meeting and exploring, looking for experiences, languages, awareness, and truths....and eventually letting go to imagine another site.
= Avant-garde
Free transversal expression beyond the formal but inside conceptual frames, intentionally questioning contemporary audio-visual language and form.
= Humour
Connotation, depth, and intensity however seasoned with critical surrealist humor.
= Invite.
Let yourself be inspired beyond the obvious...My work is not mine, it is also yours. It is an invite, not a finished object. The direction and pace of that possible journey are yours to choose...