Installation view, LMAK Projects, New York
See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil, video still
Serpent, video still
Trap, video still
See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil
An installation at LMAK Projects consisting of 3 videos
The project is a parody of the deceptive and manipulative use of Good and Evil to frame foreign and domestic policy, especially when the word evil is not used in the sense of evil deeds, but when evil is thought of as not-human, as a thing, or a force, something that has a real existence, something different from the brutal, vicious, indifferent and selfish acts that human beings are capable of.
See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil, single channel video, 2006, 1.5 minutes, looped.
To parody the administration’s use of the word ‘evil,’ Van der Heijden juxtaposes a small video of George Bush uttering the word evil with a large projection of the video Serpent.
Serpent, single channel video, 2006, 25 minutes, looped
In the video Serpent a snake moves continuously in an enclosed white space. The continuity of movement attracts and mesmerizes through its surreal scale, positioning and sense of gravity. Following Bush’s totalizing usage of "evil' in van der Heijden’s visual vocabulary the oblivious snake becomes the serpent — symbol and instigator of the original sin, who seduces Eve with the promise of the divine knowledge of Good and Evil, if she eats a fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.
Trap, a 2 channel video installation, 2006, 20 minutes, looped. Another video installation in the exhibition, titled Trap, depicts a fruit and two white mice in an enclosed white space. In both videos Trap and The Serpent, the white room look like the gallery. Opposite from Trap is a projection of real-time surveillance video that captures the video Trap as well as the actual gallery space, and whoever is in the gallery.