See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil
An installation at LMAK Projects consisting
of 3 videos
The project is a parody of the deceptive and manipulative
use of Good and Evil to frame foreign and domestic policy, especially
when the word evil is not used in the sense of evil deeds, but
when evil is thought of as not-human, as a thing, or a
force, something that has a real existence, something different
from the brutal, vicious, indifferent and selfish acts that human
beings are capable of.
See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil, single channel
video, 2006, 1.5 minutes, looped.
To parody the administration’s use of the word ‘evil,’ Van
der Heijden juxtaposes a small video of George Bush uttering the
word evil with a large projection of the video Serpent.
Serpent, single channel video, 2006,
25 minutes, looped
In the video Serpent a snake moves continuously in an
enclosed white space. The continuity of movement attracts and mesmerizes
through its surreal scale, positioning and sense of gravity. Following
Bush’s totalizing usage of "evil' in van der
Heijden’s visual vocabulary the oblivious snake becomes the
serpent — symbol and instigator of the original sin, who
seduces Eve with the promise of the divine knowledge of Good and
Evil, if she eats a fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.
Trap, a 2 channel video installation,
2006, 20 minutes, looped.
Another video installation in the exhibition, titled Trap,
depicts a fruit and two white mice in an enclosed white space.
In both videos Trap and The Serpent, the white
room look like the gallery. Opposite from Trap is
a projection of real-time surveillance video that captures the
video Trap as well as the actual gallery space, and
whoever is in the gallery.