// Nina de Vroome // A Sea Change //
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
presented in collaboration with Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Cinema
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Cinema
2200 E Kenwood Blvd Milwaukee, WI 53211
A Sea Change (2016)
Nina de Vroome, 61 minutes, video
In the buildings of the IBIS maritime boarding school in Ostend that look out towards the sea, boys from six to sixteen sleep, eat and play. They learn how to read the sea, sail with a fishing boat and help haul in the catch. While the fishermen are at work, they observe the by-catch and stare across the deck. In the classrooms, the impetuous sea is captured in maps. On sea maps, there are no storms and there is no time.
The sea might seem timeless, but much is changing. The coast is permeated with nostalgia, as if the sea had turned its face to the past. Sooner or later the fishing fleet will disappear, together with many endangered species of fish. The fish auction hall of Ostend (BE) is in decay, the harbour coated in rust. Nonetheless, a new colour is appearing from underneath the peeling paint.
Nina de Vroome (1989) makes films, video installations and collages. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, she has worked as a filmmaker and engaged in collaborations as a sound engineer and editor. She is a member of the Sabzian collective, developing a collection of online reflections on cinema. As a teacher she is involved in various educational projects. http://www.ninadevroome.be/