Karel Doing

Images of a Moving City

35mm
black&white
37 minutes
2001

camera: Greg Pope
music: Pierre Bastien
sounddesign: Charly van Rest
editing: Stella van Voorst van Beest

Screenings:
IFFR (Rotterdam)
Media Wave (Györ)
Doclands (Dublin)
City Jam (Arnhem)
Biennale of Media and Architecture (Graz)
AFR (Rotterdam)
Ketelhuis (Amsterdam)
Cinema de Balie (Amsterdam)
Visiteur du soir (Valbonne)
Urbascope (Bourges)
La Enana Marron (Madrid)
Art Workshop Lazareti (Dubrovnik)
Courtisane (Gent)
Independent Film/Video Festival Indonesia (Jakarta)
Université du Havre (le Havre)
Haags Filmhuis (Den Haag)
LUX (Nijmegen)
't Hoogt (Utrecht)
Plaza Futura (Eindhoven)
Vera Zienema (Groningen)
WORM (Rotterdam)
Filmschuur (Haarlem)
Filmhuis Arnhem (Arnhem)
Melkweg (Amsterdam)

Broadcast:
Kunstkanaal (Netherlands)

 

Karel Doing - Images of a Moving City

With particular alertness to trivialities, director Karel Doing made a documentary poem about the city of Rotterdam and its inhabitants.

In a series of contrasting black-and-white images, Doing observes the people, roads and buildings that jointly determine the atmosphere of a continually changing multicultural city. Travelling by car, train or subway, Doing sees the aesthetics of a garbage incinerator just as well as that of a traffic junction. When pointing his camera at the motorway, a slow curve becomes a swirling interplay of lines. In the city, he silently follows a few citizens trying to find their way among the high-rise buildings of Rotterdam.

Images of a Moving City is like a visit to Rotterdam, with enough time to wonder where everybody is coming from and where everybody is going.

Herman de Wit