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Paulien Oltheten, La Défense, 2017 (trailer)

Paulien Oltheten, La Défense, 2017 (trailer)Square, La Défense, 2017Schaduw, Paris, 2017Still of "La Défense, Le regard qui s’essaye", performance: Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2017"La Défense, Le regard qui s’essaye", performance: Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2017Chair man, a live video edit, approx 35 min, 2014 : Chair man is a live edit of video footage shot in Nicaragua. It shows her repeatedly following a man who carries a plastic chair on his head while riding a bicycle to and from work. Fascinated by this phenomenon – his balancing act – Oltheten continues to film him. Her presence begins to exert an influence on his daily routine, prompting slight changes in the pattern as the man becomes aware of the camera and the documentation of his actions. While searching and clicking through the rough video edits Oltheten shares anecdotes, at other times leaving the image alone to speak for itself. These manipulations create an associative narrative that allows Oltheten to emphasize particular scenes, events and qualities on the spot.  Live performance of Chair man at Kask, Gent (BE), 2014 video HD and live spoken narration, duration approx 30 min

Paulien Oltheten

Born in 1982, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Lives and works at Amsterdam

Paulien Oltheten studied at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, and in 2013 she was a resident artist at ISCP, New York. In 2017 she is working at Cite des Arts in Paris.

Performances include: Jeu de Paume, Paris (2017), De Buren, Brussels (2016); Fondatione Ratti, Como (2015); KW, Berlin (2015); NCCA Moscow (2015); Helmhaus Zurich (2015); IDFA Documentary film festival Amsterdam (2014); Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2014); Vera List Centre New York (2013); De Brakkegrond Amsterdam (2011); SMBA Amsterdam (2007)

Exhibitions include: Where do we go from here, Annet Gelink/Ellen de Bruijne gallery, Amsterdam (2017); The measure of our travelling feet, Marres (2016); Paulien Oltheten & Anouk Kruithof, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2014); Off Walking, MoCP Chicago (2013); Desire Lines, ACCA Melbourne (2013); It’s my imagination you know, gallery Fons Welters Amsterdam (2012); Walk on a line…, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2011); Kitbag questions, Dvir Gallery Tel Aviv (2011); de Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (2010); Portscapes, Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam (2010); Off the Record, Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2009).