DISNEYFICATION 

Perfection of reality

Text Lilian Creemers - curator, art director

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DISNEYFICATION will be edited and designed by Teun van der Heijden.  Amsterdam, New York. www.heijdenskarwei.com

DISNEYFICATION, the book and photographs are due to be presented in sept 2019 at Galerie Pennings, Eindhoven. www.galeriepennings.nl

After the launch in Eindhoven the book an exhibition are going on tour

Jan Bierhoff will attribute a text on my Disneyfication photography.

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Jan Bierhoff is the owner of Medialynx. Until 2011 he worked as an associate professor of Media Innovation at the Infonomics and New Media Research Group, based at Zuyd University, Maastricht, the Netherlands. Before, he directed the European Centre for Digital Communication (EC/DC). Until 2001 he served at the European Journalism Centre (EJC), an international mid-career training facility, as its founding director. Before moving to the EJC, Bierhoff managed the international activities of the Dutch School of Journalism in Utrecht. At this institute, he also lectured in media theory and communication strategies. Bierhoff started his career as a professional journalist, after graduation in Communication Studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen. For many years he worked as an editor for a variety of media: RTV stations, professional magazines and newspapers, and also acted as a media consultant for international bodies. Publications from his hand include many textbooks on media structures and information strategies.

Selection of 65 images

DISNEYFICATION

is the process whereby an area gets more and more characteristics of an amusement park. This creates a new place where people have to experience a perfect version of reality. The place is easy to understand and safe for everyone. Problems such as decay, poverty and traffic will be eliminated as far as possible.

 

THE PROJECT

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is a visual photographic investigation into the creation of the representation of the hidden desires, craving and excitement in the disguise and concealment of 'ordinary' reality. In which research was done into geographical spread and the different expressions in the imagination and visualization of Disneyfication in public space. Research has taken place in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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Derksen's many years of interest in the relationship between the image and the image, buildings and people, especially in public space, reality and representation are the foundation of this project. The relationship between image and image here is that the image is the representation of reality and the image is the merging of the image and the public space.

 

"Perfection of reality"

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Derksen is always surprised and amazed by observing and recording, which go hand in hand with his fascination for this change. The change in which the public space changed by the intervention of the image. Thus, by globalization the place is no longer relevant. The design of public space displaces the geographic location. His interest is in particular that of the changing relationship of the people to the depicted reality and a direct reality.

 

In a sense, it does not show reality. The shifting relationship between these two realities is the big theme of our time. With his photographic work, Derksen knows how to investigate and visualize the presence of two parallel worlds in public space.

In 1999 Derksen met fellow photographer and philosopher Jean Baudrillard during the Holland Festival. Derksen and Baudrillard had exhibited work in the "Attack" exhibition at Arte and Amicitea in Amsterdam on  invitation of the Holland Festival.

In addition to Baudrillard and Derksen other have  exhibited their work: Steve Hart, Amy Arbus, Duane Michaels, Bart Michielsen and Charif Benhelima in "Attack". Curator of "Attack" was Prof. Johan Swinnen.

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Both Derksen and Baudrillard were involved with their photographic work and Baudrillard gave lectures in the program of the Holland festival. The encounter with the Baudrillard and his philosophical work put Derksen on new track, creating a new project. This meeting later became the reason for Derksen to start in 2002 with "Disneyfication".

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The work in the project shows the deeper meaning of the disneyfication theme in a clear way, where reality and fiction seem to merge. Inspiration has been explored in many cities and towns and the similarities are visible as a thread throughout the entire collection of Derksen that includes the Disneyfication project. In 2017, the project is complete and complete and ready in this sense it is to be published and exhibited to the public with effect from 2019.