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Karel Doing

How can we establish a new synthesis between nature and culture, asks filmmaker Karel Doing (Australia). He traveled to tropical places in Indonesia and Suriname, among others, where people maintain a more symbiotic relationship with nature. For Club Solo and BredaPhoto he made a selection of his oeuvre.

Solo 18 – Karel Doing

Filmmaker Karel Doing (Australia, 1965) made a selection of his oeuvre for Club Solo, which will be shown during BredaPhoto. He wonders how we can establish a new synthesis between nature and culture, two concepts that are often held in opposition to each other. He traveled to tropical places in Indonesia and Suriname, where people maintain a more symbiotic relationship with nature. Closer to home, he used ‘people and animal-friendly’ household products to manipulate the photographic emulsion, the light-sensitive layer on film.

He presents his research in visual reports. But he is not looking for an ‘objective truth’, he says. ‘I am not a scientist. I try to regard the world from an unusual standpoint. I am curious about alternative types of knowledge.’ This requires a certain modesty, a willingness to doubt and to open up to others, he says. Qualities that are increasingly rare in a society focused on performance and success.

Doing was born in Australia and grew up in a family with a broad interest in Buddhism, pacifism, ecology and art. From an early age, he made paintings and music. In his experimental films, installations, and documentaries he deals with ecological issues, post-colonialism, human rights, and ‘alternative knowledge’ in the broadest sense.