Night Watch is a 6 minute video loop of a group of people
who are seated on a bench in front of Rembrandt’s renowned painting, The Night Watch.
The museum visitors are filmed from the
perspective of the painting itself so that we do not actually see it and the
title is our only clue to its participation. The group of people on the bench
do somewhat reflect the composition of the familiar figures posed in the
painting. Some visitors read their brochures, others seem fatigued and happy to
take a rest, others are turned backwards, while only a few seem to actually
look at the painting or at the photographer who positioned herself with her
camera in front of the painting.
By focusing on the museum visitors instead of
on the art work the artist presents us with a study of the collective behaviour
of people in a specific institutional context, which shows something quite
different than the reflective gaze one might expect to find here in this citadel
of fine arts.