Van Bakel’s work focuses on people and their surroundings, often resulting in a poetic reality. It conveys a fascination for the tension between man and technology, perception of time in a delicate man-made ecosystem. The music of Lotz provides an frame and enriches with a emotional relation to the video. Serene sounds an mechanical movement interact and intensify the visuals.
Michiel van Bakel studied astronomy, photography (Psychopolis; Frans Zwartjes) and psychology for several years before he chose for autonomous visual art, at art school. Van Bakel expresses himself through film and videos, sculpture and installations.
“When I look around, I see a lot of technology that aims to constrain reality in predictability, by categorizing and automating. I want to use technology to evoke wonder and transcend reality and predictability.
In the same manner as a sculptor gives his material form through interventions in 3d space, I construct my videos in time. Recurring themes are examining human perception, experiencing time, disorientation and instability. ”
piccolo, concert-, alto-, bass-, pvc contra bass flutes, prepared flute, game calls, voice, fx
Soloist, composer, producer in jazz and contemporary music often crossing borders with other cultures. Collaborations spans an arc with film, theater, performance art, visual arts and dance.
Worked with many unknown and many famous but equally gifted unique voices in music all around the globe. Subject of international publications, prize-winner, nominated for the Edison and Beyond Magazine prize.
Professor for flute at the Utrecht and Rotterdam Conservatories.