KABK Research Lab in EYE 'Selling your Soul to the Devil'

On 17 February the EYE film museum puts the spotlight on a new generation of curators and artists during the annual Researchlabs. Students from eight art academies and universities will present a programme of new work, remixes of films or short historical avant-garde films from EYE’s collection. 

The academies and universities participating in this edition of EYE's Researchlabs are: the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK), St. Joost Academy, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, the faculty of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam, Piet Zwart Institute, Sandberg Institute, Leiden University: Curating Film and Video Course and the VjAcademy Amsterdam.  

Seven students of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) present a one-hour programme entitled ’Selling your Soul to the Devil' in this new edition of EYE’s Researchlabs 2018. 

Selling your Soul to the Devil

Souls for sale, 7 artists available, investments also welcome. After several attempts to summon the devil we have all managed to sell not only our souls, but also our firstborns. This is a sacrifice, a promise from us to you, to be great artists, create an astonishing programme, and become legends. We assure you a great time. You will encounter some high-ranking demons, a glimpse of the cyborg future, octopuses, a Russian army and a couple watching TV.

Participating artists

Avgud (Photography)
Indra Gleizde (Photography)
Elisa Van Merkesteijn (Photography)  
Sophia Wester (Fine Arts)
Io Sivertsen (Photography)
Qiran Xu (Photography) 
Sophie Beerens (Fine Arts)

Avgud: "The Song Remains the Same"
Decades pass, the song remains the same. Regimes fall, the song remains the same. People die, the song remains the same. 

Indra Gleizde: "untitled" 
How did we come to think that we are different from other animals? That only we have a divine spark in the form of a soul? How would it feel to find out that we, humans, have no place in this cosmic struggle?

Elisa Van Merkesteijn: "untitled" 
Have you ever felt this thing inside you. This growing feeling that frightens you. This feeling of losing control of yourself. It starts somewhere down in your toes. It goes into your veins and it rises up towards your lungs, your brain, your heart… your soul. Something else is taking control. What is it? Is it the devil that is living inside of us? Have we all created our own devil?

Sophia Wester: "Watching TV in the Hague" 
Has Burger King got anything to do with the taking of our soul? Can the artistic gene itself be the devil? These are questions that will be addressed in this piece with a filling of curated material, a short movie with a couple watching TV in The Hague.

"Life is a muscle, you have to train it to be able to lift its weight." - Catharina Hart 
My name is Io and I am a documentary filmmaker. This is the story of a life coach and the struggle to find her and the will not only to live forever, but also to be young forever.

Qiran Xu: No, my lord, I find it there, as always
What do you think the Devil looks like? An old evil man, or an innocent girl, or a close friend of yours? How much are you willing to pay to get what you want from the devil?

Sophie Beerens



Sat 17 February 2018 20.45 - 21:45


EYE film museum Amsterdam

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