International Streaming Festival 2013

We’re proud to announce that Disconnected from Reality has been selected for the International Streaming Festival 2013!
On the 30th of November the 8th edition of the Streaming Festival will start off the at two offline locations, Het Nutshuis in The Hague and Boonika in Zagreb, Croatia.
Both events start at 20.00hrs. The selected movies will be screened on the Streaming Festival website from 1 till 15 December 2013.

Paperboat 2.1 - Sunbathing

 

Visit the festival’s site:
Streaming Festival: Disconnected from reality

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Sparkling Dutch Mountains

Registration of the performance ‘Sparkling Dutch Mountains’ where Mr.&Mrs.Gray take the Paperboat 3 for a grand day out in the Dutch Garbage Mountains.

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Title: Sparkling Dutch Mountains, Paperboat project 130930
Description: Movie
Dimensions: Duration 0:04:04
Date: 2013

Rowing Up Stream

Registration of the Performance ‘van Malieveld tot Bierkade en hopelijk een stukje’ on September 7th 2013 in Den Haag.

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Title: Rowing Up Stream, Paperboat project 130907
Description: Movie
Dimensions: Duration 0:06:51
Date: 2013

Maidenvoyage of the Paperboat 3

On September 7th we participated in the ‘Blijf weg van het Malieveld‘ happening, an ongoing experimental exhibition/workspace between 11 and 12 at the Malieveld in Den Haag. Other participating artist were: Leontine Lieffering, Topp&Dubio, Laura van EedenKees Koomen, Ellen Rodenberg and Maarten Schepers.

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A good day to launch our Paperboat 3.
The weatherforecast promised a rain-free afternoon, so hopefully our Ghostmoney project worked!

This version paperboat has a cardboard frame and a paper maché coating.
Paperboat 3 frame
Hopefully it will last longer than our previous attempts, because this time we’ve planned to start at the Malieveld and row home, a 2,5 km journey through the canals of Den Haag!

Watch the movie

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Paperboat 3

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Title: The Maidenvoyage of the Paperboat 3, Paperboat project 130907
Description: Performance at the Malieveld Den Haag, the Netherlands on September 7th 2013
Dimensions: –
Date: 2013

Disconnected From Reality

Sunshine, blue skies, 35ºC, a perfect day to be out on the water and test our Paperboat 2.1!

Disconnected from reality’ is the registration of one of our attempts to stay afloat with a paper boat. In this short movie we take our Paperboat 2.1 for a grand day out at a recreation site in a typical Dutch suburb, called Zoetermeer.
A big part of Zoetermeer is actually a landfill, covered up with parks and houses.
So the people there actually live and spend their leisure time on top of the trash they have created in the first place.

 

This movie was also shown at the Streamingfestival 2013, and is now a part of their online archive.
http://www.streamingfestival.com/archive/2013/artists.php?id=1462&f=Mrmrs&l=Gray

 

From Mr. Gray’s ship log:

I’m sitting in my little boat, peacefully reading my newspaper, when I see two lifeguards approaching. I’m preparing myself to give them a friendly smile, because them being respectful and helpful gentlemen, they would probably want to rescue me from a life-threatening situation.
But quite the opposite from the feared Arabic guy who wished me ‘Good luck!’, one of the life guards shouted ‘And now we should throw a big stone at him!’ his buddy laughing out loud when he said this. Of course, I should assume this was supposed to be a joke, but they are supposed to be responsible people who watch our safety.
So, again, we tend to think that immigrants are no-good, but I have to conclude that poor neighbourhoods can be far more tolerant than neat suburbs!

Thanks for watching!

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Title: Disconnected From Reality, Paper boat project 130803
Description: Movie
Dimensions: Duration 0:07:17
Date: 2013

If the gods don’t like you, they give you a boat

‘If the gods don’t like you, they give you a boat.’ – Mr. Gray

 

On a nice summer day most people like to be out on the water, having fun in a boat. But boats tend to be expensive objects, and not for everyone to enjoy.

In the olden days boats were even more expensive. But a barber from Bergum in the Netherlands came up with the luminous idea of building a boat for people who were less fortunate in the financial department. In his spare time, he constructed a boat in a totally unconventional way, with smaller and cheaper pieces of wood.
Although the upper class laughed at his attempts to make a boat out of firewood, he continued anyway and in 1928 he launched the first BM (Short for Bergumermeer). And in the end, the joke was on them, because nowadays you can’t imagine the Dutch waters without a BM. http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/BM_%28zeilboot%29

This barber from Bergum inspired us to make a boat with limited means and/or cheap materials. And since paper is sort of the same as wood, and the daily paper ends up in de dustbin every day, there’s a lot of cheap material fur us to upcycle or recycle.

Maybe we still sink in half a hour or so, but we are confident that we’re able to conquer the world in a paper ocean-cruiser one day!

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Paper Boat 2
Paperboat 2 houtzagerssingel Den Haag

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BM / 16m2 Photo by: Pieter & Renée Lanser
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BM / 16m2 Photo by: Pieter & Renée Lanser

Mr. Gray’s ship log

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Title: PB2 A Sunny Day D4 130628
Description: Movie
Dimensions: duration 0:00:53
Date: 2013

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From Mr. Gray’s ship log:
With a thick Moroccan accent someone yelled to me: ‘Hey, what’s up with your paper box? Already prepared for the worst, while I was searching desperately for a witty answer, he continued in his manky Dutch: ‘It’s amazing! How long have you been floating in that paper box of yours?’ ‘Well’ I said, ‘I started from the Houtzagersingel, but if you don’t mind, I have to keep moving now because I will probably sink in a few minutes!’ Enthusiastically he replied:’Yes of course, good luck!’
And they say that all Moroccan boys are good for nothing. He could have accelerated the sinking process to torpedo my tiny boat with a well aimed brick. But in stead, he wished me good luck!

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The voyage of the PB2

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Title: PB2 A Sunny Day D2 130628
Description: Movie
Dimensions: duration 0:01:34
Date: 2013

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Mr. Gray is struggling with the elements in his tiny paper boat.
The voyage continues!

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The launch of the PB2

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Title: PB2 A Sunny Day D1 130628
Description: Movie
Dimensions: duration 0:02:50
Date: 2013

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Our new Paperboat2 is ready for the new frontier, where no paperboat has gone before!
Will this new and improved version of our paperboat stay afloat for more than 20 minutes?
Fingers crossed!

 

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Thanks for watching!