“By way of experiment would it certainly be interesting to interpret reality for a time as if it were a film, literary work or other creation. To analyze the deeper meaning of colors, names and attributes of the world around us. To examine their symbolic value. This is exactly what the work Disclaimer by the Belgian artist Wouter Huis invites us to. Currently on display as part of the program section For Real at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
In one of the streets of Rotterdam is a granite plaque installed containing the engraved text that you would normally expect at the end of a movie; The characters and events depicted in this spectacle are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. It’s interesting that Wouter Huis with his Disclaimer makes a link between reality and fiction and simultaniously denies this. Does Huis hereby also wants to tell us that it’s at the first place reality that mimics film? Like some sort of a form follows fiction?”
text roberto voorbij
“Wouter Huis primarily finds inspiration in reality. At the Summercamp Electrified 2011 het set up ‘Performance #1’ in which the audience was invited to take place on chairs in a garage. The ‘performance’ starts when the garage door is being opened and the spectators observe what happens in the streetscape in front… At the fablab, on a marble plate, the artist chiselled a disclaimer typical of what you would see before a film begins. By presenting his work in the public space he suggests the world to be an arena.