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Frank koolen, kasper jacobs
Play Curacao
Experimental doc. | hdv | color | 29'28'' | Netherlands / Curaçao Islands | 2015
In the experimental documentary Play Curacao (2015) contemporary games, social rituals and leisure typical for the Caribbean island of Curacao are thoroughly investigated through a mix of observations, discussions and performative acts. During a four month residency at the Instituto Buena Bista artists/filmmakers Kasper Jacobs and Frank Koolen followed a wide variety of sub-cultures and singletons in their free-time routines resulting in a personal taxonomy of the Caribbean ‘Homo Ludens’. Play Curacao offers a dynamic, absurd and playful insight in the versatile everyday society and culture of Curacao.
Kasper Jacobs and Frank koolen, both visual artists working in the field of film and photography, met in 2007 and since then have been assisting each other frequently in a range of individual projects. Through these collaborations they created a mutual frame of preference and understanding. Their shared interest in subcultures and the structures they create to frame their own reality form the fundament of `Play Curacao` and future projects. Kasper Jacobs (1981, Bergen, NL) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Frank Koolen (1978, Maastricht, NL) studied at the HKU in Utrecht, De Ateliers and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.