Pat van Boeckel is a Dutch artist, specialized in the documentary film genre and video art.
His video art examines the intertwined relation between humans and their (natural) environment. In general his work is characterized by its apparent simplicity. Through its slow pace it contrasts with the speed and volatility of modern visual culture. The embodied experience of time and place is central to both his documentaries and video art works. He prefers to project his video art in and on existing objects and spaces, thus adding new layers to the moving image. It enables him to twist and play with meanings and expectations. In the process, he invents his own language of signification, leaving the audience the space to make its own interpretations. The majority of his documentaries have been broadcasted on Dutch public television. His video art is made on location and is exhibited internationally (from Germany, UK, USA, to Russia, Japan and Mongolia).

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

2017

Vrede vinden in Srebrenica (Bosnia)
Where Angels fear to tread (Zutphen)
Think The Moon (Japan)
On Waiting (Netherlands)
The story of Water (Spain)
Know Nature (India)

 

2016

 

Getuigen van Piraeus, Greece
“Widening Circles” Germany
“The Story of Water”, Italy
Zen and the Art of Compassion, India

2015

 

Museum Schokland, Noordoostpolder, The Netherlands
IBF Film Festival, San Francisco, USA
BFW Film Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands
Altered 2 (UK Arts Council), Heckington, UK.

 

 2014

 

De Kunstfactor, Lochem, The Netherlands
Ölspur, Ingolstadt, Germany
Kunst aan de Scheene, Wolvega, The Netherlands
Art academy Friesland. Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
BFF Filmfestival, Eye, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

2013

Altered (UK Arts Council), Heckington, UK.
Museum Schokland, The Netherlands.
Setouchi Triennale, Japan.
Environmental Art Festival Scotland, Dumfries, Scotland.

 

2012

Ostrale, Dresden, Germany.
Museum for Religious Art, Uden, The Netherlands.
Museum Het Valkhof Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Art Crumbles, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Drift, Marknesse, The Netherlands.
Cuandixia Beijing, China.
Dudok Gallery, Arnhem, The Netherlands.

 

2011

I-Park, East Haddam, USA.
Izolyatsia. Donetsk, Ukrain.
Partner, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Artoll, Bedburg Hau, Germany.
KuKuk Landart, Aachen, Germany.

 

2010

Art Crumbles, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Landart Mongolia, Ulaanbatar, Mongolia.
Gallery Fort aan de Drecht, Uithoorn, The Netherlands.
Out of Space, Munnekeburen, The Netherlands.

 

2009

I-Park, East Haddam, USA.
Museum Ellert en Brammert/Natuurkunst Drenthe, Schoonoord, The Netherlands.
Noorderlicht, video art festival Groningen, The Netherlands.
Nieuw Verleden, Lelystad, The Netherlands.

 

2008

Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht , The Netherlands.
Winner Vermeulen Brauckmann-art award 2008.
in-Kamiyama, Japan.
Natuurpark, Lelystad, The Netherlands.
Kielzog, Marknesse, The Netherlands.

 

2007

Museum Nagele, The Netherlands.
Galerie Groeneveld, Almelo, The Netherlands.

 

2005

Kunstbroedplaats, Ossenzijl, The Netherlands.

A3 Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Gallery Vorm en Beeld, Eefde, The Netherlands.

 

 

Recent documentaries and commissions; filmed, edited and directed by Pat van Boeckel

 

2014

 

On pilgrimage with Cees Nooteboom (30’)

Cees Nooteboom wrote his book Saigoku about the 33-temple pilgrimage in the wide surroundings of Kyoto. What did the famous Dutch writer find on his path?
Camera / direction / editing.
Broadcasted on Dutch public TV (BOS).

 

2013

 

The Far East in the West (60’)
In 2012 a quiet revolution took place at the Free University (VU) in Amsterdam. A new discipline was established in the former academic stronghold of the protestant church: Buddhist philosophy. Zen Buddhist André van der Braak was appointed as the first professor. Pat van Boeckel followed him during his first steps on his new path.
That path leads immediately to the Far East, as Van der Braak, on behalf of the VU, travels to China, for an exchange with the Renmin University of Beijing. Cycling through Beijing he witnesses the revival of Chinese Buddhism, having been under pressure from the Communist regime between 1949 and the 1908s.
Camera / direction / editing.
Broadcasted on Dutch public TV (BOS).

 

2012

 

Halleluhah! Leonard Cohen is back (60’)
A documentary and concert film by Armelle Brusq and Pat van Boeckel on the legendary singer-songwriter, poet and Buddhist. Right at the point when one would perhaps wonder where he had gone, he returned to the stage. Even now, almost eighty years old, Leonard Cohen is back in the spotlight with a convincing comeback both to friend and foe. His voice has slowly grown older, but still carries with ease the strong lyrics of his new album Old Ideas.
Camera / direction / editing.
Broadcasted on Dutch public TV (BOS).

 

The silence moves (2 x 10’)
Two short stories involving modern dance as part of a museum exhibition.
Camera / direction / editing.
Commissioned by Het Valkhof Museum, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

 

2011

 

Time passes (55’)
Portrait of American author Peter Matthiessen. His Snow Leopard is one of the most popular travel books ever written. This depiction of an expedition through the Himalayas received the American National Book Award in 1980. Together with filmmaker Pat van Boeckel, Peter Matthiessen, the biologist, environmental activist, world traveller and student of Zen Buddhism, looks back on his life. He recalls, among other things, his exceptional meeting with the Dalai Lama, his discovery of a giant whale bone on the beach, and the time he spent half a century ago with war waging Papuans.
Camera / direction / editing.
Broadcasted on Dutch public TV (BOS).

 

Shifting boundaries in Mongolia (30’)
In this documentary, two people travel to Mongolia, a Buddhist country that appeals to the imagination because of its vast desert, centuries-old cloisters and its tough history. Dentist Joost van Vlijmen provides basic dental care in places where it is most needed. At the same time, Frysian singer and songwriter Nynke Laverman has a residence in Mongolia looking for new inspiration.
Camera / direction / editing.
Broadcasted on Dutch public TV (BOS).

 

2010

 

The roaming painter (30’)
A portrait of Frysian painter Dirk Kerst Koopmans, a son of a poor farmer. As a youngster he left for Argentina and became a skilled artist. Upon his return in the 1920s he lived in a shack amidst the bogs in the south of the Dutch province of Frysland and made a daily painting of his environment. Ninety years later, an Argentinean artist pays homage to him in the same bog, which has now been turned into a nature reserve.
Camera / direction / editing.
Broadcasted on TV Fryslan.

 

The body as teacher (40’)
Two approaches to the human body: one by a world-famous artist and the other by a young doctor in a Buddhist hospital in Taiwan. Sculptor Antony Gormley has been using his body as the basis for his work for the past thirty years. Most elementary, he says: “The body is more than a stone.” His body has become the fundamental instrument through which he expresses himself. Lee Ning Ning is a young doctor in training in a hospital in Taiwan. She initiates us into the special approach of her hospital to use the body for medical study. The dead body isn’t reduced to merely an object, but cherished as a source of life.
Camera / direction / editing.
Broadcasted on Dutch public TV (BOS).

 

2009

 

Walking with Kukai (30’)
The famous pilgrim road on Shikoku, Japan, was founded by Kukai in 885. Today thousands of people follow his trail.
Camera / direction / editing.
Broadcasted on Dutch public TV (BOS), shown on IBFF Filmfestival (London).

 

2008

 

Life is on the street (30’)
Double portrait of two people who have shifted their work area to the street. Photographer Stef Renodeyn and Zen teacher Frank de Waele talk about their experiences: photographing the homeless and guiding a meditation retreat on the city streets of Belgium.
Camera / direction / editing.
Broadcasted on Dutch public TV (BOS).

 

Between praying and batik (30’)
The twenty nuns of the Lioba Monastery in Egmond, the Netherlands make a living of their artwork. They tell about the common grounds between art and religion.
Camera / direction / editing.
Commissioned by the Lioba Monastery.

 

Landart Falster-Lolland (20’)
Registration of the activities of six land art artists in the Faster-Lolland Landart festival 2009.
Camera / direction.
Commisioned by Landart Falstar-Lolland.

 

2007

 

Thousand Hands (30’)
The Dutch physician Jarl Eschauzier has an internship in a Buddhist hospital in Taiwan. Especially the enthusiasm of the hundreds of volunteers and antiauthoritarian attitude of the doctors touch him deeply.

Camera / direction / editing.
Broadcasted on Dutch public TV (BOS), shown on KOS filmfestival, Greece (2009).

 

Holland Plusmin
Project with 80 high school students in filmmaking, commissioned by CBK Flevoland, the Netherlands. Each student made a one minute film on their mobile phone with the theme: a Dutch identity.
Part of the Fort Europa exhibition in Almere.
Commissioned by Cultural Centre Corrosia.

 

2006

 

Enter at your own risk (30’)
Documentary about the making of new land (polder) in the sea. It is more than 60 years ago that the Noordoostpolder came into being in the former Zuider sea. The pioneers worked in harsh conditions, shovelling the canals by hand in the vast sand land. They thought they could earn themselves a farm. The documentary follows 4 pioneer polder residents who are well into their eighties, but they remember their adventures as if they happened yesterday.
Commission of Flevolandschap/Province of Flevoland.
Camera / direction / editing.
Broadcasted on Regional TV.

 

Falling silent (30’)
Bieke Vanderkerkhoven was 19 years old when she was attacked by a rare muscular disease which left her only one year to live. She decided to live intensively that year and joined a monastery in Egmond. The silence brought her to a new life and her disease to an unexpected standstill.
Camera / direction / editing.
Broadcasted on Dutch public TV (BOS).

 

2005

 

How art catches a rabbit (30’)
Documentary about an environmental art project. In the film a number of artists are followed in National Park the Weerribben while making art of natural materials. Their mission is to attract extinct wildlife.
Camera / direction / editing.
Commissioned by Rerun Productions.