HORTUS by Edwin

Graduation Show ‘Hortus’, a one night exhibition by Edwin, exploring sensuality and intimacy in cinema. For ‘Hortus’, Edwin combines newly shot sexually explicit material with ethnographic archival footage in order to address notions of explicitness, repetition, voyeurism and exploitation in both colonialism and porn.

As an image-maker, Edwin’s interest lies with the sensuality of cinema: experience, imagination, memory are a result of the sensory experience of hearing, smelling, sight, taste and touch. For ‘Hortus’, he is exploring colonial imagery, which he believes to convey messages of desire based on the attraction to “the foreign other”. In a multi-screen 16 mm projector installation he will show his first shot on site porn film, juxtaposed with ethnographic archival footage clips from EYE. The rhythm of the two sources is synchronized, with the images affecting each other and molding their energy, forcing the audience to reflect on their own ideas of colonialism, sensuality, intimacy, nostalgia and guilt.


'Hortus' (2013)
Black & White 16mm short film loops
Archival Footage: EYE
Porn film: written, directed and edited by Edwin, with Dirk-Jan Kerkkamp (camera)
Actors: Pamela Ann and Peter
Production: Milan Ueffing, Lemming Film/Master of Film, Netherlands Film Academy
With special thanks to Filmwerkplaats WORM, L'Etna Paris and EYE.

See the pictures on Flickr

Graduation 2013

Edwin is a filmmaker from Indonesia. His first feature ‘Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly’ received the FIPRESCI Prize at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009, and his short film ‘Kara, Anak Sebatang Pohon’ was the first Indonesian film to be shown in the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes 2005. His latest film, 'Postcards From The Zoo' was nominated for a Golden Bear at Berlinale 2012.

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Interview: Exploring sensuality and intimacy in cinema

time & place

8 December 2013, 18-21hrs
Ritsael Theatre at DasArts
Mauritskade 56, Amsterdam