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JAAP DE RUIG
2019 - Zeven tranen, het vierde gesticht in Veenhuizen / Seven Tears, The Fourth Asylum in Veenhuizen Literary video, 33 min. (film: Jaap de Ruig, text and voice-over: Mariët Meester). * All videos on this website are fragments. Writer Mariët Meester, who grew up in the prison village of Veenhuizen, did a performance at the Veenhuizen cemetery. Standing at the head of seven diifferent gravestone, she told her audience the story of the person buried there. After finishing at one grave, a flute player lured them to another grave at another spot of the cemetery. LIke in a funeral procession the audience follewed her. In the video no persons are visible.
2017 - Seven Tears - literary video 30 min., i.c.w. writer Mariët Meester - Jaap de Ruig
2020 - Pingping , Mariët Meester Uitgeverij Caprae, a project by Jaap de Ruig. Pingping is Mariët Meester's eighth literary novel, she also publishes non-fiction. This book, a carefully designed hardcover with dust jacket and reading ribbon, has been published in an edition of only a thousand copies, numbered and signed by the author. One of the first pages contains a manually colored drawing of a bird. Design, photography, illustrations, production and website : Jaap de Ruig
2020 - Pingping, a novel by Mariët Meester - published and designed by Jaap de Ruig, Uitgeverij Caprae 2020 - Pingping, a novel by Mariët Meester - published and designed by Jaap de Ruig, Uitgeverij Caprae 2020 - logo Uitgeverij Caprae - design Jaap de Ruig 2020 - Pingping, a novel by Mariët Meester - published and designed by Jaap de Ruig, Uitgeverij Caprae
2015 - The Prison Village, Veenhuizen In The 20th Century - 48 min., documentary based on oral history Dutch writer Mariët Meester grew up in a prison village, Veenhuizen, surrounded by hundreds of No Trespassing signs. At the beginning of the twentieth century homeless men, the so-called 'patients', were housed there in three asylums. During World War II the asylums became prisons. The documentary depicts a remarkable enclave in the Netherlands. Residents and former residents told the author about working and living in this closed community, where no-one else could enter. The interviews were taken as a starting point for the documentary.
2015 - The Prison Village, Veenhuizen In The 20th Century - 48 min., documentary based on oral history - Jaap de Ruig 2015 - The Prison Village, Veenhuizen In The 20th Century - 48 min., documentary based on oral history - Jaap de Ruig
Early works click here
2009 - The Source, One Day In A Roma Settlement in  Romania - 40 min., video installation / creative documentary. Hetea is an isolated settlement in Central Romania. Around 350 people live in handmade huts. We experience one common day in Hetea. The day starts out pastorally enough: guiding cows and horses, building a new wooden house, etc. In the afternoon, suddenly the fat is in the fire. People scream and threaten each other. Little by little the serene atmosphere returns, but the aftereffects of the quarrel are still audible. Jaap de Ruig prepared the film for seventeen years and recorded it in one day. He chose not to subtitle because then he would have given too much meaning to words, which divert from the universal character of the images.
The Source, One Day In A Roma Settlement in  Romania - 2009, 40 min., video installation / creative documentary. - Jaap de Ruig The Source, One Day In A Roma Settlement in  Romania - 2009, 40 min., video installation / creative documentary. - Jaap de Ruig
2018 - Een dier / een mens - An Animal / A Human Being , a manifestation consisting of: - Mini-symposium in theater Boom Chicago, Amsterdam. - When The Cows Come Home - A video loop of a herd of cows walking toward the center of Amsterdam behind the windows of five canal houses. - Sacrifice - Exhibition of a series of 105 drawings of ten families of piglet portraits. The piglets are numbered by ear notching. Their eyes are slightly humanized to regive them their individuality.. - Requiem For Pigs - Edited found footage video of pig maltreatment with a music score of the transformed pig sounds, 14 min., black peep box.
2018 - When The Cows Come Home - A video loop of a herd of cows walking toward the center of Amsterdam behind the windows of five canal houses - Jaap de Ruig 2018 - Sacrifice - Exhibition of a series of 105 drawings of ten families of piglet portraits. The piglets are numbered by ear notching. Their eyes are slightly humanized to regive them their individuality - Jaap de Ruig 2018 - Requiem For Pigs - Edited found footage video of pig maltreatment with a music score of the transformed pig sounds, 14 min., black peep box - Jaap de Ruig 2018 - Sacrifice - Exhibition of a series of 105 drawings of ten families of piglet portraits. The piglets are numbered by ear notching. Their eyes are slightly humanized to regive them their individuality - Jaap de Ruig
2010 - Wisdom And Hell - performance i.c.w. Romanian Roma funnelmaker David Vasile. For Jeroen Bosch the funnel is a symbol of both wisdom and deceit. Dante describes hell as an enormous funnel-shaped cavern with nine circles. Jaap de Ruig's exhibition space in the section No Holds Barred at Art Amsterdam 2010 was fitted out as a workplace. In a circle of light, David, a young Romanian gypsy, was making tin funnels. A video projection on the back wall showed how he and his family work at home. David scrapes a living by hawking his funnels beside the main road. This has become more and more difficult since Romania joined the EU. Jaap de Ruig and David are acquainted since the beginning of the nineties. Although Jaap de Ruig was the 'official' artist, it was their mutual desire to work together and focus attention on themes as: household goods versus design, Romanian Roma poverty versus Western European wealth, the symbolic value of the funnel, and the beauty of craftmanship.
2010 - Wisdom And Hell - performance i.c.w. Romanian Roma funnelmaker David Vasile - Jaap de Ruig 2010 - Wisdom And Hell - performance i.c.w. Romanian Roma funnelmaker David Vasile - Jaap de Ruig
2017 - Life After A Bicycle Accident - Two-screen video installation, 31 minutes. This video installation tells the story of a just married Dutch piano player who falls off his bicycle during a ride through France. He becomes paralysed. The installation starts with hands playing a piano. The main character comes into the picture. He says: 'There is the story that you don't want it to have happened.' While his voice further explains what did happen to him, we see two images side by side, the complementary image shows him busy with his daily chores. An intimate portrait of the consequences. Conclusion: in the end such an accident makes no difference for your level of happiness.
2017 - Life After A Bicycle Accident - two screen video installation,31 min. - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - Life After A Bicycle Accident - two screen video installation,31 min. - Jaap de Ruig
2017 - Life After A Bicycle Accident - two screen video installation,31 min. - Jaap de Ruig
2013 - About A Bizarre Phenomenon Called Life 25 shorts.
Head Sharing
Effortlessness Bark The Fight
Man (2) Sweet Tulip Tears To Kick Your Own Arse
2017 - The Morning I Was So Angry At My Wife, I Smashed My 19th Century Guitar 6 hour video impression, restored guitar. Two years after the event, the artist opened the trash bag with the remains and began restoring meticulously the instrument.
2017 - De woonwagen, dat ben ik / The Living Wagon, That’s Me - 33 min. creative documentary and an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers. Since the Living Wagon Act of 1968, Dutch travelers are no longer allowed to lead an itinerant life. The government felt it had too little control over "people without a permanent residence". The current caravans may no longer have wheels, for most of the travelers the desire for freedom is still important. The living wagon is their culture and identity. Over the years, Jaap de Ruig noticed that many of them possess miniatures of their former traveling wagons. For an exhibition in Museum De Domijnen in Sittard the artist contacted travelers who lived nearby. A number of them were willing to lend him their miniatures, which were exhibited in the museum in combination with a short documentary in which the owners explain why those wagons are so important to them.
2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig
2011-2015 - Wat David ziet / What David Sees A project i.c.w. David Vasile. 6000 photos, 39 min. documentary, photo book. What David Sees is a continuation of Wisdom and Hell (see below), a project which was presented at Art Amsterdam 2010. David, a Romanian Roma funnelmaker who was very interested in the photos exhibited at the fair, asked Jaap if he could borrow a small digital photo camera. After his return to Romania he started taking pictures of everything he saw in the Roma quarter where he lives, as well while selling his funnels. Nearly weekly he sent the photos to Jaap de Ruig from an internet cafe. For this he received a monthly fee which was gathered by crowdfunding. What David Sees has social, historical and aesthetic dimensions. It is important for the Romanian Roma to capture their own existence. Photographs are a tool for historical awareness and can be a basis for self esteem.
2011/15 - What David Sees -  a project by Jaap de Ruig 2011/15 - What David Sees - photo by David Vasile - a project by Jaap de Ruig 2011/15 - What David Sees - photo by David Vasile - a project by Jaap de Ruig 2011/15 - What David Sees - photo by David Vasile - a project by Jaap de Ruig 2011/15 - What David Sees - photo by David Vasile - a project by Jaap de Ruig 2011/15 - What David Sees -  a project by Jaap de Ruig
2011/15 - What David Sees - photo by David Vasile - a project by Jaap de Ruig 2011/15 - What David Sees - photo by David Vasile - a project by Jaap de Ruig
Complete documentary
2019 - Verlost als vogel / Redeemed As a Bird - loop 1’,38’’, video installation on the windows of the old grocery store in the open-air museum It Dams Hus in Nij Beets. A flight of birds appears over the landscape of nearby Kortehemmen. Suddenly one of the birds leaves the group and undergoes a metamorphosis during his descent. The birds are symbolized by hands. Jaap de Ruig spent the first two years of his life in the Woodbrookershuis in Kortehemmen, in those days an educational community with liberal Protestant views and socialist ideals. It was the place where the artist's unmarried mother could come to work and nurse her baby at the same time, free from civilian comments.
2019 - Verlost als vogel / Redeemed As a Bird - loop 1’,38’’, video installation on the windows of the old grocery store in the open-air museum It Dams Hus in Nij Beets.
JAAP DE RUIG
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2017 - De woonwagen, dat ben ik / The Living Wagon, That’s Me - 33 min. creative documentary and an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers. Since the Living Wagon Act of 1968, Dutch travelers are no longer allowed to lead an itinerant life. The government felt it had too little control over "people without a permanent residence". The current caravans may no longer have wheels, for most of the travelers the desire for freedom is still important. The living wagon is their culture and identity. Over the years, Jaap de Ruig noticed that many of them possess miniatures of their former traveling wagons. For an exhibition in Museum De Domijnen in Sittard the artist contacted travelers who lived nearby. A number of them were willing to lend him their miniatures, which were exhibited in the museum in combination with a short documentary in which the owners explain why those wagons are so important to them.
2017 - Life After A Bicycle Accident - Two- screen video installation, 31 minutes. This video installation tells the story of a just married Dutch piano player who falls off his bicycle during a ride through France. He becomes paralysed. The installation starts with hands playing a piano. The main character comes into the picture. He says: 'There is the story that you don't want it to have happened.' While his voice further explains what did happen to him, we see two images side by side, the complementary image shows him busy with his daily chores. An intimate portrait of the consequences. Conclusion: in the end such an accident makes no difference for your level of happiness.
2011-2015 - Wat David ziet / What David Sees A project i.c.w. David Vasile. 6000 photos, 39 min. documentary, photo book. What David Sees is a continuation of Wisdom and Hell (see below), a project which was presented at Art Amsterdam 2010. David, a Romanian Roma funnelmaker who was very interested in the photos exhibited at the fair, asked Jaap if he could borrow a small digital photo camera. After his return to Romania he started taking pictures of everything he saw in the Roma quarter where he lives, as well while selling his funnels. Nearly weekly he sent the photos to Jaap de Ruig from an internet cafe. For this he received a monthly fee which was gathered by crowdfunding. What David Sees has social, historical and aesthetic dimensions. It is important for the Romanian Roma to capture their own existence. Photographs are a tool for historical awareness and can be a basis for self esteem.
2015 - The Prison Village, Veenhuizen In The 20th Century - 48 min., documentary based on oral history Dutch writer Mariët Meester grew up in a prison village, Veenhuizen, surrounded by hundreds of No Trespassing signs. At the beginning of the twentieth century homeless men, the so-called 'patients', were housed there in three asylums. During World War II the asylums became prisons. The documentary depicts a remarkable enclave in the Netherlands. Residents and former residents told the author about working and living in this closed community, where no- one else could enter. The interviews were taken as a starting point for the documentary.
About A Bizarre Phenomenon Called Life - 2013, 25 shorts.
Wisdom And Hell - 2010, performance i.c.w. Romanian Roma funnelmaker David Vasile. For Jeroen Bosch the funnel is a symbol of both wisdom and deceit. Dante describes hell as an enormous funnel-shaped cavern with nine circles. Jaap de Ruig's space in the section No Holds Barred at Art Amsterdam 2010 was fitted out as a workplace. In a circle of light, David, a young Romanian gypsy, was making tin funnels. A video projection on the back wall showed how he and his family work at home. David scrapes a living by hawking his funnels beside the main road. This has become more and more difficult since Romania joined the EU. Jaap de Ruig and David are acquainted since the beginning of the nineties. Although Jaap de Ruig was the 'official' artist, it was their mutual desire to work together and focus attention on themes as: household goods versus design, Romanian Roma poverty versus Western European wealth, the symbolic value of the funnel, and the beauty of craftmanship.
The Source, One Day In A Roma Settlement in  Romania - 2009, 40 min., video installation / creative documentary. Hetea is an isolated settlement in Central Romania. Around 350 people live in handmade huts. We experience one ordinary day in Hetea. The day starts out pastorally enough: guiding cows and horses, building a new wooden house, etc. In the afternoon, suddenly the fat is in the fire. People scream and threaten each other. Little by little the serene atmosphere returns, but the aftereffects of the quarrel are still audible. Jaap de Ruig prepared the film for seventeen years and recorded it in one day. He chose not to subtitle because then he would have given too much meaning to words, which divert from the universal character of the images.
2020 - Pingping , Mariët Meester Uitgeverij Caprae, a project by Jaap de Ruig. Pingping is Mariët Meester's eighth literary novel, she also publishes non-fiction. This book, a carefully designed hardcover with dust jacket and reading ribbon, has been published in an edition of only a thousand copies, numbered and signed by the author. One of the first pages contains a manually colored drawing of a bird. Design, photography, illustrations, production and website : Jaap de Ruig
2020 - Pingping, a novel by Mariët Meester - published and designed by Jaap de Ruig, Uitgeverij Caprae 2020 - Pingping, a novel by Mariët Meester - published and designed by Jaap de Ruig, Uitgeverij Caprae 2020 - logo Uitgeverij Caprae - designed by Jaap de Ruig
2019 - Zeven tranen, het vierde gesticht in Veenhuizen / Seven Tears, The Fourth Asylum in Veenhuizen Literary video, 33 min. (film: Jaap de Ruig, text and voice-over: Mariët Meester). * All videos on this website are fragments. Writer Mariët Meester, who grew up in the prison village of Veenhuizen, did a performance at the Veenhuizen cemetery. Standing at the head of seven diifferent gravestone, she told her audience the story of the person buried there. After finishing at one grave, a flute player lured them to another grave at another spot of the cemetery. LIke in a funeral procession the audience follewed her. In the video no persons are visible.
2017 - Seven Tears - literary video 30 min., i.c.w. writer Mariët Meester - Jaap de Ruig
2018 - Een dier / een mens - An Animal / A Human Being , a manifestation consisting of: - Mini-symposium in theater Boom Chicago, Amsterdam. - When The Cows Come Home - A video loop of a herd of cows walking toward the center of Amsterdam behind the windows of five canal houses. - Sacrifice - Exhibition of a series of 105 drawings of ten families of piglet portraits. The piglets are numbered by ear notching. Their eyes are slightly humanized to regive them their individuality.. - Requiem For Pigs - Edited found footage video of pig maltreatment with a music score of the transformed pig sounds, 14 min., black peep box.
2018 - When The Cows Come Home - video installation on the windows of five Amsterdam canalhouses - Jaap de Ruig 2018 - Sacrifice - 105 drawings of piglet portraits with humanized eyes and ear notches - Jaap de Ruig 2018 - Requiem For Pigs - Edited found footage video of pig maltreatment with a music score of the transformed pig sounds, 14 min., black peep box. - Jaap de Ruig
2017 - The Morning I Was So Angry At My Wife, I Smashed My 19th Century Guitar 6 hour video impression, restored guitar. Two years after the event, the artist opened the trash bag with the remains and began restoring meticulously the instrument.
2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - Life After A Bicycle Accident - two screen video installation,31 min. - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - Life After A Bicycle Accident - two screen video installation,31 min. - Jaap de Ruig 2018 - Sacrifice - 105 drawings of piglet portraits with humanized eyes and ear notches - Jaap de Ruig 2020 - Pingping, a novel by Mariët Meester - published and designed by Jaap de Ruig, Uitgeverij Caprae 2011/15 - What David Sees - photo by David Vasile - a project by Jaap de Ruig 2011/15 - What David Sees - photo by David Vasile - a project by Jaap de Ruig 2015 - The Prison Village, Veenhuizen In The 20th Century - 48 min., documentary based on oral history - Jaap de Ruig
Early works click here
2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2010 - Wisdom And Hell - performance i.c.w. Romanian Roma funnelmaker David Vasile - Jaap de Ruig 2010 - Wisdom And Hell - performance i.c.w. Romanian Roma funnelmaker David Vasile - Jaap de Ruig
2015 - The Prison Village, Veenhuizen In The 20th Century - 48 min., documentary based on oral history - Jaap de Ruig
Head Sharing
Effortlessness (projection on a floor)
The Fight
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2019 - Verlost als vogel / Redeemed As a Bird - loop 1’,38’’, video installation on the windows of the old grocery store in the open-air museum It Dams Hus in Nij Beets.
2019 - Verlost als vogel / Redeemed As a Bird - loop 1’,38’’, video installation on the windows of the old grocery store in the open-air museum It Dams Hus in Nij Beets. A flight of birds appears over the landscape of nearby Kortehemmen. Suddenly one of the birds leaves the group and undergoes a metamorphosis during his descent. The birds are symbolized by hands. Jaap de Ruig spent the first two years of his life in the Woodbrookershuis in Kortehemmen, in those days an educational community with liberal Protestant views and socialist ideals. It was the place where the artist's unmarried mother could come to work and nurse her baby at the same time, free from civilian comments.