H2 Helium and methane

Hydrogen, helium, and methane are the simple molecular components of the giant gaseous planet Uranus. In the atmosphere and deep inside, under the surface, these small agents become a stunningly beautiful and complex system of continuously changing flow, patterns, shapes, and colors.

For this existential project on primary human drives, I turn to the ancient myth of Ouranos, as it is written in the book Theogony by Hesiod, who lived around 700 BC. Intriguing, off-grid, and anachronical, Theogony explains the genesis of the inhabitants of Mount Olympos, the mythological Greek gods. There seem to be several diverging versions. In this particular one, the ancestors of the gods, Ouranos, Gaia, and Kronos are driven by fear, revenge, rage, lust for power, and focus on one ultimate goal: to become gods, rulers above the universe.

Today, in the Anthropocene we can ask what to become. What is our position? Can we ask ourselves who are we on this struggling planet? What is our responsibility in this planetary erosion? What are our drives? Are we humans, coexisting with other humans and non-humans, or are we god, above everything and all? Do we really have a choice? Is there a space between these poles? And if we do have a choice, how can we adapt and transform ourselves to this space? Besides these rather tragic and maybe unsolvable enigmas, the films reveal playfulness, beauty, and humor. H2, Helium and methane let all coexist.

  • Nikolaas Boucquey
  • Nikolaas Boucquey
  • Nikolaas Boucquey
  • Nikolaas Boucquey
    Original music
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    video poem, avantgarde, experimental, arthouse, art
  • Runtime:
    31 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    6,700 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Full HD
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Inspired by Triennale Brugge 2021
    November 6, 2021
    Official Selection Inspired by Triennale Brugge
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  • Nikolaas Boucquey
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
H2 Helium and Methane (2021)
The public is not present (2021), Semi-finalist Indie Short Fest International Film Festival LA
Carnage (2021), Award winner for Best Sound Design 2 12 17 Festival Paramakudi
Darkentries (2021), Semi-finalist ATFF Toronto, Semi-finalist IndieX short Film Festival LA
Exoplanet (2020)
KoudHelderSpiegelWarm (2021)
Forlorn fields (2020)
Papillon (2020)
The writer (2020)
Wolf’s run (2020)
Online poetry: insert everywhere (2017)

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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...