Between screens – olivier van Breugel and Simone Mudde

Last week I’ve visited the City Museum in Amsterdam.
Upstairs there was an exhibitions : Between Screens.
Olivier van Breugel and Simone Mudde’s Between screens photo exhibition showcases a phenomenon frequently witnessed in the Rijksmuseum’s gallery of honor: hordes of people thronging to catch a glimpse of Rembrand’s renowned Night Watch, but increasingly often looking at it only through the lens of their cell phone, camera or iPad. Van breugel and Mudde produce arresting close-ups of raised hands clutching pieces of electronic equipment with the Night Watch on their screen. Reproductions of the painting are easily available, so why do so many people feel the need to reach for their cameras? In the essay that accompanies Van Breugel and Mudde’s sharply observed images in the book, Nicole Montagne writes: “Recording everything is lethal to our memory, it turns us into robots, lazy robots in fact, that can reproduce things perfectly but have nothing else to say about them.”
Both as a duo and in individual practice, Van Breugel and Mudde are interested in people and how they behave in public spaces today.

Personally I think this was a great view at how people look at art nowadays. They do appreciate the beauty in life but it’s quite funny how everyone loves their phone or camera, I have to admit, this is a part of my lifestyle myself. But before I make pictures, i love to take the time to enjoy it first for myself, and later capture that moment to share with others.


One thought on “Between screens – olivier van Breugel and Simone Mudde”

  1. You’re so right, and this happens not only at arts exhibitions, but also at music performances, great nature scenes, dinners in restaurants, sadly even with traffic accidents. First priority is nowadays: record. Not live it, not be part of it. C’est la vie, we’ll live with it.

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