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Dirk de Bruyn
(
Dirk Cornelis de Bruyn)
b. October 14, 1950, Dordrecht, Netherlands.

BIOGRAPHY:   Dirk de Bruyn has made numerous experimental, documentary and animation films and videos over the last 30 years. He has received funding to produce a number of films, but has continued to maintain a no-budget, independent, self-funded focus for much of his work.

 

He was a founding member and past president of MIMA (Experimenta), been involved with Fringe Network and been a member of the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group. He has written about and curated various programs of film and video art internationally and written extensively about this area of arts practice. During the late '90s he was involved in an independent weekly screening program of film and video art at the Café Bohemio.

In the early '90s de Bruyn lived in Canada. Understanding Science, Rote Movie and Doubt were largely produced while teaching Animation at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver.

He is currently teaching Animation and Digital Culture at Deakin University in Melbourne, Victoria. (Burwood Campus).



 
224 - animated clip
 
224

CRITICAL OVERVIEW:   There have been various strands to my investigations into the moving image.

My early work Running (1976, 30 mins), Zoomfilm (1976, 28 mins) and Feyers (1979, 27 mins) began a concern with the ideas of closed-eye vision, trance and catatonia and were confronting / assaulting to the viewer. These films were about structure as content. They were concerned with the nature and impact of film itself: with image flicker, the after image, the physiology of viewing. This enquiry led to shorter compacted works like Vision (1985, 4 mins) and 223 (1985, 6 mins). With these films the complexity of the layered image, the "hand drawn/direct on film/image texture" nature of production and the notion of no budget film making became more of a focus.

There has been a further re-ordering with work like Traum a Dream (2002, 7 mins) and Rote Movie (1994, 12 mins) to include a suggestion of story, the personal, a sampling of the "self". The story that is being told is one of trauma and forgetting, of stress and the stressed/shocked body. The nature of film is used as a metaphor, a trace of these influences on the body.

The strand of the personalised and diaristic present in the longer works like Experiments (1981, 2 screen, 55 mins), Homecomings (1987, 100 mins) and Conversations with my Mother (1990, 100 mins), finds its way back into these shorter pieces.

The sampling of time and the movement of light and shade has been another area of study. This is evident in time-lapse films like Boerdery (1985, 11 mins) and A X Canada (1995, 80 mins) and much of my unpublished Super 8 work.

Dirk de Bruyn, April 2003

See also Films - Dirk's films in detail, including quotes from reviews.


FILMOGRAPHY:

 
 
Me and Chris

The House That I Live In (1974, 12 mins, 16mm, Silent)

Me and Chris (1975, 10 mins, 16mm, Silent)

Running (1976, 30 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

Zoomfilm (1976, 28 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

Kipling Street Garage (1978, 50 mins, 16mm, Silent)

Frantic (1978, 20 mins, 16mm, Silent)

Feyers (1979, 27 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

Walk (1980, 20 mins, 16mm, Silent)

 
Light Play - animated clip
 
Light Play

Loopfilm (1980, 2 screen, 5 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

Experiments (1981, 2 screen, 55 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

Discs (1982, 3 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

Culture Shock (1983, 16mm, 10 mins, Silent)

Saturday Nite Fever (1983, 9 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

Migraine Particles (1984, 12 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

Light Play (1984, 7 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound, Music by Michael Luck)

223 (1985, 6 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound, Music by Michael Luck)

Boerdery (1985, 11 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound, Music by Chris Knowles)

 
 
Cha Hit Frames

Vision (1985, 4 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound, Music by Michael Luck)

224 (1987, 7 mins, 35mm, Optical Sound, Music by Michael Luck)

Homecomings (1987, 100 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound, Music by Michael Luck)

Cha Hit Frames (1988, 20 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound, Music by Michael Luck)

Family Excursions 1 (1988, 30 mins, Super 8, Silent)

Knots (1990, 8 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

Conversations with my Mother (1990, 100 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

Understanding Science (1992, 18 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

 
Doubt - animated clip
 
Doubt

Rote Movie (1994, 12 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

A X Canada (1995, 80 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

Doubt (1995, 5 mins, Super 8/video, Sound)

Schist (1998, 8 mins, 16mm, Silent)

U.Q. @ Sea (2001, 16 mins, Digital Video, Sound)

Traum a Dream (2002, 7 mins, Digital Video, Sound)

Gallery (2003, 5 mins, Digital Video, Sound)

Diary V 3.2 (2003, Interactive CD-Rom)

 
 
Gridgrid

Gridgrid (2004, 10 mins, Digital Video, Sound)

Analog Stress #1, #2, #3 (2004, 12 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

2nd Hand Cinema (2005, 7 mins, 16mm, Optical Sound)

See also Films - Dirk's films in detail, including quotes from reviews.


Multimedia Performance and Installation:

1983- de Bruyn, D. "Experiments". 2 Screen projection and Performance Pictura Art Gallery. Dordrecht. Netherlands.

1986- de Bruyn, D. Gombrowicz Talks. Performance Series. includes slide/film/video/mirror. Glasshouse Cinema

1989- de Bruyn, D. Multiscreen and Slide performance. Theatreworks

1995- de Bruyn, D. Gutteral Performance. Multimedia Performance. Musician's Club. Wellington St. Fitzroy. October

 
Migraine Particles - animated clip
 
Migraine Particles

1995- de Bruyn, D. and Dangerfield, D. "the Sky was Blue" Sound and Multimedia Presentation. Erwin Rado Theatrette. Fitzroy. October.

1995- de Bruyn, D. Gutteral Performance. Multimedia Performance. Café Bohemio Smith St Collingwood. August

1996- de Bruyn, D. Gutteral Performance 2. Multimedia Performance. Café Bohemio Smith St Collingwood. June

1996- de Bruyn, D. and de Jong, S. jeltje, Vleeskens, C. Kamer 2: Australian-Dutch connection. Mixed Media Performance, Screenings and installations. Fitzroy Galleries. August.

1997- de Bruyn, D. "Experiments". 2 Screen projection and Performance UWA. Perth.

1997- de Bruyn, D and de Jong, S. jeltje, Sullivan, P. Herrmann, K et al. "Pinkster" Installation and Exhibition On Ritual. 25-30 October Fitzroy Galleries

1998- de Bruyn, D. and U.Q., Drysdale , J. "I'm A Cutting" Multimedia Performance and Dance. Theatreworks St Kilda 14-15 Nov

1998- de Bruyn, D. and Ball, S. Skeltys, N. "Un-Australian" Interactive Multimedia Performance. Erwin Rado Theatrette 29 May

1999- de Bruyn, D. Regurgitations. Interactive and Performance Digita Binary bar Fitzroy 5 October

2000- de Bruyn, D. and Burt, W. Winter Solstice Mix. Multimedia Performance. Brisbane Powerhouse 21-22 September

 
 
Traum a Dream

2000- de Bruyn, D. and Burt, W. Winter Solstice Mix. Multimedia Performance. Sale Art Gallery 12-13 September.

2000- de Bruyn, D. and Burt, W. Visual and Aural Abeyances. Multimedia Performance. Sun Theatre Footscray August.

2000- de Bruyn, D. with Taylor, N. Bergner, M. Smith, L. Eaton, J. Rodgers, P. "Direct Action: Infiniti ragioni" Multimedia Installation/sculpture April 12-16. PB Gallery Prahran.

2002- de Bruyn, D. with Fraser, V. and Austen, L. "Unsettled" installations. Kraznapolsky Gallery Grey St. St. Kilda. 24 May-2 June 2002.

2003- de Bruyn, D. "Diary V 3.2". Interactive CD-Rom Videobrasil Sao Paulo Brazil September 22-29.

2005- de Bruyn, D. "Cinema Without Costs", 20-24 June 2005, Filmwerkplaats, Rotterdam.

2006- de Bruyn, D. "Memorium" at The 2nd OtherFilm Festival March Brisbane


Conferences:

1993- de Bruyn, D. "Reclaiming Ourselves", 6th Australian History and Film Conference. Proceedings: Screening the Past pp10-16. Media Centre Latrobe U. Bundoora 3083.

1997- de Bruyn, D. "Homing in on the Hypertextual Documentary", 5th International Documentary Conference, Brisbane. Published in Metro Number 112 1997 pp 63-69

2003- de Bruyn, D. "Migrating to the New." ACM SIGGRAPH Taipei 2003. Taiwan. Presentation and translated article. December

2004- de Bruyn, D. "Dreaming Dreaming", Double Dialogues #6: Anatomy and Poetics (Art & Pain II Conference, pp. 1-6, Double Dialogues, Australia)

2004- de Bruyn, D. "Reconstituting the invisible out of structure and repetition: a walk through Diary V3.2.", Image, Text & Sound Conference 2004 , pp. 1-4, School of Creative Media, RMIT University

2005- de Bruyn, D. "Old Tom, New Tom", [online] in Lyndal Jones, Pauline Anastasiou, Rhonda Smithies and Karen Trist (eds), Vital Signs: Creative Practice & New Media Now, RMIT Publishing, Melbourne, p. [14].

2005- de Bruyn, D. Representing Traumatic Space, Imaginary Worlds. Image and Space Symposium, pp. 1-13, University of Technology Sydney.

2005- de Bruyn, D. Diary V3.2: Repetition & Loss, in Out of Time: Theorizations of Culture and the Political, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA



 
 
U.Q. @ Sea

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY:

writings on Dirk de Bruyn's work:

1986- de Bruyn, D. "Direct on Film Series. Complete" Cantrills Filmnotes #49/50 pp 62-4 1986 C & A Cantrill.

1988- de Bruyn, D. "Homecomings. Some diary Notes" Cantrills Filmnotes #55/56 1988 C & A Cantrill.

1990- de Bruyn, D. "Knots" Cantrills Filmnotes #61/62 May 1990 C & A Cantrill.

1992- Daniel, M. "Coming Home: Interview with Dirk de Bruyn" Workprint Summer 1992 pp 10-15

1993- de Bruyn, D. "Standing UnderSigns" Cantrills Filmnotes #71/72 October 1993 C & A Cantrill.

1996- de Bruyn, D. "A X Canada" Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter No 111 March 1996

1997- Gye, L. "UnAustralian: review by Lisa Gye" Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter May 1997

1998- Kotsanis, D. (1998) "Interview with Dirk de Bruyn By Daniel Kotsanis" Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter July 1998

2005- Hoolboom, Mike. Notes on Two Movies by Dirk de Bruyn in Synoptique 8 March 2005

2006- Ball, S. "Material Damage:The Films of Dirk de Bruyn". In Senses of Cinema No 36.


 
 
Rote Movie

writings by Dirk de Bruyn on other subjects:

Book Chapter

1999- de Bruyn, D. "Totales Kino", Marc Adrian: Das Filmische Werk pp 151-170 Sanderzahl Vienna ISBN 3 85 449 140 9

articles

1986- de Bruyn, D. "Manifestoes" Filmnews Vol 18 No 3 1986

1986- de Bruyn, D. "Report on Ann Arbor and Montreal S8 Festivals" Filmviews Vol 31 No 128 1986

1987- de Bruyn, D. "Educational Video in the Streets of New York", Metro 73 pp 42-3

1987- de Bruyn, D. "Open Screenings" Filmnews p14 March 1987

1987- de Bruyn, D. "Film Text: Film Texture" Catalogue MIMA Yearbooks

1987- de Bruyn, D. "Finding Audiences" Super 8 Yearbook.

1991- de Bruyn, D. "Reclaiming Another Desert: Distribution of Film Art in Australia", Independent Eye Vol 12 No 2 1992 CFMDC Toronto

1992- de Bruyn, D. "Text-Texture-Gesture" Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media & Culture Vol. 8 No. 1 (1992) "Electronic Arts in Australia" ed. N.Zurbrugg.

1992- de Bruyn, D. "Cinema as Skinner's Box: The Work of Jean-Claude Bustros", Workprint. 1992/3 Cineworks Vancouver Canada

1992- de Bruyn, D. "The Colonised Eye: Re-thinking the Grierson Legend", Workprint. 1992/3 Cineworks Vancouver Canada

1993- de Bruyn, D. "India Indies: An Interview with Deepa Dhanraj" Workprint. 1993 Cineworks Vancouver Canada

1993- de Bruyn, D. "SAID: An Interview with Mike Hoolboom" Workprint. 1993 Cineworks Vancouver Canada

1996- de Bruyn, D. "Stroking Unearthed Memory: Jo Law" Cantrills Filmnotes Dec 1996

1996- de Bruyn, D. "Meet John Doe", The National Cinematheque's Annotations on Film: Metro 109 Australian Teachers of Media, Australia

1996- de Bruyn, D. "Mike Hoolboom Shorts", CTEQ 3/96 The National Cinematheque's Annotations on Film

1996- de Bruyn, D. "Invocation of Gesture" Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter No 120 December 1996

1996- de Bruyn, D. "Surfaces" Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter No 119 November 1996

1996- de Bruyn, D. "Visual Documentation" Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter No 118 October 1996

1996- de Bruyn, D. "Bill's Home Page: Reinventing in No Sense" Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter No 114 June

1996- de Bruyn, D. "In Praise of the Everyday" Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter No 112 April 1996

1996- de Bruyn, D. "Mountainous Indifference" Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter No 110 February 1996

1997- de Bruyn, D. "L'Invitation au Voyage" A Critical Guide to the National Cinematheque 2/97: Metro M110 Australian Teachers of Media, Australia

1997- de Bruyn, D. "Adynata" A Critical Guide to the National Cinematheque 4/97: Metro M112 Australian Teachers of Media, Australia

1997- de Bruyn, D. "Institute Benjamenta, or this dream people call human life" A Critical Guide to the National Cinematheque 3/97: Metro M111 Australian Teachers of Media, Australia

1997- de Bruyn, D. "Capturing Minutae: Laszlo Dudas' Beyond The Call of Duty" RealTime p27 Feb-March 1997

1997- de Bruyn, D. "Inserting An Extra String in the Machine Code" Cantrills Filmnotes July 1997

1997- de Bruyn, D. "Alt.Film.Au" The Big Picture Issue 11 Summer 1997 UWA

1997- de Bruyn, D. "Are We Having Fun Yet: Interview with Martin Rumsby" The Big Picture p10-11 1997 New Zealand

1997- de Bruyn, D. "Writing on the Wall: Cantrills Filmnotes" Metro 111 Australian Teachers of Media, Australia

1997- de Bruyn, D. Ed. 101 Nights: 101 Screenings @ Café Bohemio. Self Published.

1997- de Bruyn, D. "Persistence of Vision: Nick Ostrovskis" Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter November 1997

1998- de Bruyn, D. "Whose Game" Mesh May 1998 EMA. Melbourne.

1998- de Bruyn, D. "Paul Winkler: A Bridge Seldom Crossed" Metro 113/114 Australian Teachers of Media, Australia

1998- de Bruyn, D. "Broken Will" Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter June 1998

1998- de Bruyn, D. "Image Smithing: Lost and Found" Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter May 1998

1999- de Bruyn, D. "Traumatising States" ArtLink Vol 19 No 3 Disintegration (1999)

2001- de Bruyn, D. "An Evening on Baldwin's Mountain: An Interview with Craig Baldwin", Senses of Cinema Issue No. 13, Apr 2001

2001- de Bruyn, D. "Re-animating the Lost Objects d'Childhood and the Everyday: Jan Svankmajer", Senses of Cinema, No. 14, Jun 2001.

2002- de Bruyn, D. "Graphic Cinema as Stunned Mouthpiece", Mesh 15 EMA November 2002

2002- de Bruyn, D. "Shooting at a Receding Target: Review of Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! Exhibition" , Realtime October 2002

2002- de Bruyn, D. "Chasing Rabbits out of the Hat and into the SHEDding of Childhood on Jan Svankmajer's film 'Alice'", Senses of Cinema Issue 21 July-August 2002.

2003- de Bruyn, D. "Coming in from the Culled: A Review of A Postmodern Cinema: The Voice of the Other in Canadian Film by Mary Alemany-Galway", Senses of Cinema Issue 27 July-Aug 2003.

2003- de Bruyn, D. "Landscape of Denial: Arthur Lipsett's N-Zone" Senses of Cinema Issue 28 Sept-Oct 2003

2003- de Bruyn, D. "Experimental Film in the Digital Age by Malcolm LeGrice" Review in Metro 138 October 2003

2004- de Bruyn, D. "Decay of Fiction" Senses of Cinema Issue 30 Jan-March 2004

2004- de Bruyn, D. "Tracing an Original and the Law of Diminishing Returns" Senses of Cinema - Issue 32 July-September 2004

2005- de Bruyn, D. "D-Light + MM2 = Dutch Experimental Film" Senses of Cinema - Issue 34 Jan-Mar 2005

2005- de Bruyn, D. "Putting the Cards Back on the Table: An Interview Anna Abrahams and Erwin van't Hart" Senses of Cinema - Issue 34 Jan-Mar 2005

2005- de Bruyn, D. "Rocks in His Eyes: An Interview with Edward Luyken" Senses of Cinema - Issue 34 Jan-Mar 2005

2005- de Bruyn, D. "Putting Out of Place in its Place: An Interview with Jan Willem van Dam" Senses of Cinema - Issue 34 Jan-Mar 2005

2005- de Bruyn, D. "Image-Smithing" Senses of Cinema - Issue 35 April-June 2005


Dirk de Bruyn, Jan 2007

Dirk de Bruyn on Academia.edu - texts by Dirk.

Observatory - on the Experimenta site, "A Re-Enunciation of scratched and abstracted film", with images by Dirk de Bruyn and sounds by Warren Burt.

Dirk de Bruyn - Dirk's website.

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