Jan Verbeek

*1966. Lives and works in Cologne, Germany.

Jan Verbeek studied at Bonn University and the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf where he became a master grade student of Nam June Paik. His video and installation work is based on a sensitive observation of reality. It is characterized by a delicate interaction of image and sound and a special way how time and space work together.

VERBEEK Counterparts HD 4

Counterparts / Germany / 2010 / 8’34 / 4:3

The flow of images and sound go their separate ways in Counterparts and re-encounter one another in a tragic situation as perceived by the viewer. The image, which depicts a silent man engrossed in a game of pachinko, as well as the musical composition which features an increasingly agressive female voice, exemplifies a contradictory and, as it were, an insane mental state.