Job, Joris & Marieke – A Triple Life @Kunsthal

Now in the Kunsthal Feb. 26, 2022 – May 8, 2022:

Job, Joris & Marieke

A Triple Life



It’s is a brilliant exhibition about creativity, combined efforts and how 3 people make an extra-ordinary combination of music, animation and storytelling. The above short movie tells a story in 3 minutes about the life of Pia.

The film, which received an Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Short, follows Pia as she listens to a mysterious vinyl record that allows her to jump through time and space over the course of a single song. The origin for the film dates back to 2001, when creators Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins, and Marieke Blaauw were sitting in a dorm room at The Design Academy in Eidhoven listening to an ABBA record. As the vinyl skipped they entertained a bizarre idea — had the record skipped forward, or had they in fact traveled through time? Nearly a decade later, they revisited this idea for a short film competition. “What if you could skip through time using a vinyl record,” wondered the trio, and “what would this power do to you?”

In Pia’s case, she learns a lot about herself very quickly, and as the film delightfully accelerates through an entire lifetime, the magic vinyl sings along, “a single life is what you’re getting — and you should get it right.” Composed by Job under the moniker “Happy Camper,” the film’s beautiful and mysterious score informs the narrative through each skip of the music. Rife with physical humor, stylized design, and wonderful detail (see if you can spot the homage to another classic time travel flick), “A Single Life” charms from start to finish. Likewise, with each jump of the needle we’re reminded, “time and again you’re trying to stall, but the ending is inevitable.”

Never before has an exhibition about the Netherlands’ most talented animation artists been realised. Founded in 2007, the creative studio Job, Joris & Marieke has already won many awards, including an International Emmy Kids Award for ‘Heads Together’ and an Oscar nomination for ‘A Single Life’. Their work can be described as poetic, cute, funny, and sometimes disturbing. With their short animation films, commissioned works, and music videos – including Gers Pardoel’s ‘Ik neem je mee’, one of the most popular Dutch YouTube music videos ever – the studio managed to put itself on the international map. Reason enough for the Kunsthal to celebrate the work of this threesome in the exhibition ‘A Triple Life’, in which their animations venture beyond the screen.

Job Roggeveen (1979), Joris Oprins (1980), and Marieke Blaauw (1979) met at the Design Academy Eindhoven where they discovered their shared passion for storytelling. To them animation proved to be an ideal medium to unite storytelling and design. Job, Joris & Marieke: “We are happy and honoured to have been asked by the Kunsthal. To us this exhibition is an opportunity to introduce a wide audience to our work in a more profound way and show the Kunsthal visitors how our projects are realised.”


Texts taken from Vimeo




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