David Claerbout: The Shape of Time

2008, JRPRingier
Book cover for David Claerbout: The Shape of Time featuring a dark photograph of a small pine tree surrounded by the shadows of much larger trees.
2008, JRPRingier

ISBN 978-3-905829-38-9 160 pages, color and b/w illustrations

The video artist David Claerbout explores time as a material through the intersection of still and moving images, challenging traditional practices by using as his unit of currency the pixel rather than the shot. Some of his works evolve from found photographs that he converts to digital images and then merges with moving footage in order to introduce time; in other works, he uses digital video footage of the changing of natural light over time to investigate what time is. This exhibition catalogue documents Claerbout’s work in great detail, from planning drawings and photographs through photographs of the works in installation. It also includes an interview of the artist by Christine Van Assche, New Media Curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, as well as writings by Dirk Snauwaert, Françoise Parfait, and Raymond Bellour, and a biography and a bibliography.