02-05-2015 [• shop shop • economy • making images
Ronny Heiremans and Katleen Vermeir invited Heike Langsdorf to develop and enact a socalled character cluster for her film Masquerade, the third part of their endeavor Art House Index.... read more here >>>
MASQUERADE – A Video
The ephemeral worlds of ‘high finance’ and the ‘global art markets’, offer a unique context in which the narrative of MASQUERADE is set. Art, like finance, is a system of belief and their markets are where this belief is put to work. Without belief in the myths that encircle art (and finance) and without trust in the integrity of the system, art (and finance) may become meaningless.
MASQUERADE is set in a fragmented environment that gradually evolves from a gallery white cube to an auction house / trading pit, and to a courtroom. Flatscreens on the walls offer exclusive interiors with views on unique global skylines. Vitrines are branded with a logo referring to a so-called ART HOUSE INDEX, the new financial instrument that merges art and real estate.
A reporter is telling the story of the protested ‘initial public offering’ of ART HOUSE INDEX. While she is addressing the camera, what appears to be a reconstruction of the IPO is taking place in the background. And then it all starts going wrong again!
The happy-people atmosphere of this social event starts to crumble as a discourse on controlled pricing shifts the narrative to a context of conspiracy and manipulation, in which different protagonists give testimony on particular claims that are being made, or is it accusations they are expressing?
Is the audience witnessing insider-sales in an auction house, or is it a hearing in a courtroom that they are attending, one that tries to unveil the intricate dynamics of a fraud? The whole situation gradually transforms into a multilingual landscape of opinions.
Production year: 2015
Inaugural presentation: 2015
Production country: Belgium
Duration: +/- 55’
Image: HDV / Color
Production: LIMITED EDITIONS vzw
Executive production: JUBILEE vzw
Co-production: Bernaerts Auctioneers (Antwerp), 4th Dojima River Biennale (Osaka), Goldsmiths, University of London, 13th Istanbul Biennial, Musea Brugge, Stroom Den Haag, Triennale Brugge 2015, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam)
Supported by Flemish Audiovisual Fund (Filmlab) and the Femish CommunityCreditsCast
TV-REPORTER Andrea Phillips
MUSICIAN/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Michael Schmid
FRANK GOODMAN, MARKET WATCHER Werner Van Steen
ARTISTS DUO Vermeir & Heiremans
Mon Bernaerts, Philip Brackx, Hans Bruysinck, Elien Hanselaer, Nav Haq, Liliane Keersmaeker, Heike Langsdorf, Karlijn Sileghem, Peter Sileghem, Fatos Ustek, Sun-Mee Vanpanteghem, Werner Van Steen, Mi You + about a hundred EXTRA'S recruited by 'In the Picture'TeamConcept, Scenario & Direction
: Vermeir & HeiremansCamera 1
: Amir BorensteinCamera 2
: Katleen VermeirCamera 3
: Yishai GassenbauerSound / Bruitage
: Justin BennettEdit & Effects
: Vermeir & Heiremans / BorensteinProduction
: Katrien Reist, Marjolein van der Boon, Reintje DaansSet Design
: Dieter Leysen, Ciel GrommenSet Construction
: Gaia Carabillo, Louis PhilippeLight
: Ludo Engels, Jeroen WuytsCostume
: Mieja Hollevoet, Lieve Meeussen, Fauve RyckebuschLegal advice
: Sari DepreeuwFinancial Advice
: Peter Sileghem, Werner Van SteenStill photography
: Michael De Lausnay