Into the Bleed | Forcing the Third Entity
INTO THE BLEED - FORCING THE THIRD ENTITY
An obsessive disquisition on the borders of trust, the act of pretending and the paranoia of permanent disbelief
For the largest part of my life my family re-narrated a collective trauma that had a vast impact on all of our lives. For as long as I remember this is how the story goes: When I was four years old my dad died a peaceful death. By telling me this story my family encapsulated me inside a fictive truth.
Until this truth exposed itself as a lie.
This abrupt disruption of me living in ‘suspension of disbelief’ has turned my state of being into one of permanent confusion, doubt and disbelief.
This state I am in has led me to dissect the mechanisms of (ab)use of trust in relation to the ab(use) of power in different relationships. By imposing the fictional construction of cinema onto my character and myself I force us into the bleed of comprehending our imagination in relation to the physical reality that surrounds us. In printing, bleed is printing that goes beyond the edge of where the sheet will be trimmed. In other words, the bleed is the area to be trimmed off.
The camera has become my tool of power and the pretence of making a ‘film’, a method to conduct my (re)search.
The Seventh Pain – A film that does not exist.
‘A director gets obsessed fantasizing about the adult lives of a young actress named Leni Tanzer. Once she finds the mature actress, she tricks her into thinking they are going to make a film about who she is now. Unknowingly Leni exposes herself to the damaging process of a psychological mind game’.
Fractal Story Spaces – ‘Trust Me, Touch Me, Assume Me’
The Seventh Pain is a proposal for a ‘film’ about the lives of Leni Tanzer, explored through three relating expanded cinema performances: Fractal Story Spaces.
This performance triptych, Trust me, Touch me, Assume me, questions the (ab)use of power in relation to the (ab)use of trust; hierarchy and interaction viewed from different perspectives within different relationships in confrontation with the construction of cinema.
Fractal Story Spaces suggests the creation of the film The Seventh Pain and aims to continuously impose alternative positions in between different perspectives -of and -onto the maker, performer and spectator while merging the perceptive experience of cinema, theatre and the performative arts.
Lisa-Marie Vlietstra is a visual artist based in Amsterdam. She graduated from the photography department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2014.
Working within an interdisciplinary field of film, photography and the performative arts, her work uncovers a sincere interest in the psychological aspects of the human mind.
This derives from a necessity to come to an understanding of the world and the people in it, viewing them in terms of the ‘other’ and the ‘self’.
How do we relate to one another and how do we define ourselves towards each other?
How are we shaped to see and portray ourselves the way we do? By positioning the camera between her subject and herself, thus creating a power play, Vlietstra investigates the representation of the self as she enters the territory of an undefined relationship.
She attempts to transform the personal into the universal, dealing with the semantics of relationships, the origin of self, family, tragedy, addressing the human and the elementary.
Her films are imbedded with retrospective qualities that find their origins in her personal history, influencing her artistic practice, the work itself and inevitably the viewer.
A triangular dynamic she consciously integrates into her creative process.
Nominations and Awards
- Start Point Prize award DOX Center for Contemporary Art Prague
(Prize for Emerging Artists) 2014
- Public Prize award Ron Mandos Best of Graduates
(Public’s Favorite) 2014
- Nomination Steenbergen Stipendium
(Prize for Photography Talent) 2014
- ‘’I Am You Right on the Other Side of the Rainbow” 2015, film (first edit), 54 min.
- ‘’Look at Me’’ 2014, short film,10'04''min.
- ‘’We have to do this for Lisa’’ 2013, short film 19'07"min.
- ‘’Grandmother with Horse’’ (2012), short Film 7'06"min.
Director, cinematographer, screenplay: Lisa-Marie Vlietstra
Starring: Milena Naef, Lisa-Marie Vlietstra
Cinematography spain: Daniel Donato, Lisa-Marie Vlietstra
Editor: Nico Bunnik
Sound design: Willem Schneider
Appropriated footage: The Seventh Continent, 1989
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Leni Tanzer as Eva