The World After #8 – Hans van Houwelingen

April 30, 2020

In The World After we invite artists to respond to questions about the Anthropocene after the Coronavirus pandemic. This project is inspired by the exhibition Poems for Earthlings by Adrián Villar Rojas. More information about the project and other artist contributions can be found on our overview pageThe World After is initiated by the Oude Kerk in collaboration with mister Motley.

The World After #8
Hans van Houwelingen: Covid-19, 2020

In 2019, the Oude Kerk showed Best Bucharest, a film by artist Hans van Houwelingen in which he talks to a Romanian Orthodox priest about material or spiritual value and the meaning of gold. He also works on the project Rijke Stinkerd (Moneybag), for which he investigates whether once more, a wealthy citizen can be given the opportunity to be buried in the Oude Kerk.

Van Houwelingen’s contribution to The World After is a short film about the Covid-19 virus and the Russian Sputnik of 1957. It is an absurdist story: fantasy, a hoax, or a parody of conspiracy thinking. Should we bow to the earth, or will it bend for us?