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Frank Theys


Frank Theys (°1963, Brussels) is a philosopher, artist and filmmaker. His work has been honoured with several international awards and is among the collections at MOMA (New York), M HKA (Antwerp), SMAK (Ghent) and Centre National de la Cinematography (Paris).

In Netwerk he presents the new film installation Night Fever, a portrait of a character with an anxiety disorder. The installation is a free variation on Kafka’s The Cave. The work depicts a man trapped in his own house, his own world, where he cultivates his fear uncertain begging for help. Image, sound, editing and layout are constructed in a way to bring this disturbing experience and identity over the public as vividly as possible, to allow them to literally crawl within the head of the character. To achieve this, the artist explores the consequences of editing techniques applied to a multi-screen setup.

The film Night Fever was produced by MuHKA (Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp), VAF (Flemish Audiovisual Fund, Brussels) and Netwerk / centre for contemporary art, Aalst.

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Frank Theys