Video is a fairly new discipline for me. Only since 2012, I am working with video. In the beginning I was working with still images. 2014 I started during the Silent Crossing Boundaries Project filming. At the same time I became interested in performance and dance. My video work now include film, performance and animation. More video´s can been seen under https://vimeo/johannesgerard (link via the Links page)
Selection of new video works 2016/2017 (St.Petersburg works)
Love - Люблю
Based on the lesser known poem " Love " by the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova .For the time being this video is the last of a series of videos belonging to the video project Anticipating You in collaboration with theater group DFT STAGE
The two other videos are Anticipating You and Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmacy -Ночь, улица, фонарь, аптека, based on poems by Alexander Blok. However each of the three videos has a different visual approach and style. Specially in this video " Love "
Apparently there is no match between the text and images. The text does mention a snake and a dove, but in the visual part they do not occur at all. Instead, the main part of the video shows a late-night trip with the St.Petersburg Metro.
Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmcy - Ночь, улица, фонарь, аптека,
This video is the second part of my project Anticipating You. It is a visual interpretation of the poem Night, Street, Lantern, Pharmacy (1912) by Aleksandr Blok (1880-1921, St. Petersburg). The concept is the same as the first part Anticipating You. Only the visual reproduction is quite different. There are two films at the same time in one video. Although the poem is very short, a translation from Russian into another language is not easy, since Bloks choice of words, allows a great variation of translation possibilities.
Night, street, lantern, pharmacy,
a meaningless and dull light
Even if you live another quarter of a century
All will remain the same. There is no exit.
You´ll die - then you´ll begin all over again
Night, the canal´s rippled icy surface
pharmacy, street, lantern
Anticipating You - Предчувствую Тебя
Based on the poem > Anticipating You < by the Russian poet Aleksandr Blok (St.Petersburg, 1880-1921). The video work is simultaneity a metaphoric investigation and interpretation of the poem , as well about the city of St. Petersburg. The work approach the interpretation and investigation in two ways at the same time> Through performance and visual images about the city. Influenced by Solovyov's doctrines, Blok had vague apocalyptic apprehensions and often vacillated between hope and despair.
The heavy dream of simple wordly conscience
You will shake off with pangs of love and rue.
Anticipating you, as years go by, so drear,
I see the same old image anticipating you.
The skyline is on fire, and it’s extremely clear.
I wait for you in silence with pangs of love and rue.
The skyline is on fire - your vision is so near,
I am afraid you’ll change and will not look the same,
You will arouse suspicion incurring wrath, my dear,
By changing your appearance, the features and the frame.
I will break down in grief, frustrated and austere,
Unable to subdue the mortal dreams again!
The skyline is so lucid. The lustre is so near.
I am afraid you’ll change and will not look the same.
Neither Here - Nor There
Neither Here - Nor there, I especially edited and created for the show TRANSPOSITION II
Museum of Nonconformist Art (Large hall) Entrance from Ligovsky prospect, 53 (Pushkinskaya-10 art centre, bld. C, 3rd fl.)
From March 11th to April 9th 2017 the second edition of “Transpositions" — a group exhibition uniting participants of the St. Petersburg Art Residency program (SPAR) — took place at the Large hall of the Museum of Nonconformist Art (St. Petersburg, Russia). Through installations, photography, video works and performances artists from different countries will shared their visions of what “home” means in today’s world.