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MTV’s Art Breaks, curated by MoMA PS1 and Creative Time, is a video series featuring ascendant visual artists. The program updates MTV’s legacy of working with vanguard visionaries like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Doug Aitken. The first five videos in the new series come from Mickalene Thomas, Rashaad Newsome, Tala Madani, Mads Lynnerup and Jani Ruscica. Our most recent artists include Guido van der Werve, Andrew Kuo, Cody Critcheloe, Divya Mehra and Sema Bekirovic.
Guido van der Werve (b. 1977, Papendrecht, NL)
Guido van der Werve’s films situate the artist as protagonist, with his own piano performances paired with romantic landscapes and sentimental narrative text. For his Art Breaks video, van der Werve presents an image of the artist sitting behind a piano in a vast landscape, next to a pipe gushing water to a height of 80 meters at the exact volume of tears that are cried per second in the world. On average, people cry 65.1 liters over the course of their lives; taking the world population and average life expectancy into account, this translates to a total volume of 211.5 liters per second. Van der Werve’s work received the René Coelho Award from the Netherlands Media Institute in 2003. Recent exhibitions of his work include solo exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery in London, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, de Hallen Haarlem in the Netherlands and the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland as well as a presentation of his latest film Nummer twaalf at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Guido van der Werve currently lives and works in Finland and Amsterdam.
Guido van der Werve
Concert for Piano and the Exact Volume of Tears Cried on Earth at any Given Moment (or 211,5 liters per second), 2012.
Camera: Ben Geraerts
Sound: Irene van de Mheen
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