Seen: Suriname, by Jurgen Lisse

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jurgen Lisse is a young filmmaker based in Paramaribo, working as a cameraman and editor for commercial projects — music videos, documentaries — while pursuing his own creative experiments. (He was recently commissioned to edit a series of short films for Art of Survival, an exhibition on Maroon culture that opens at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam in November 2009.)

Suriname is a short video piece Lisse made in 2008 to demonstrate his camerawork and editing technique to prospective clients, and posted at YouTube. It is a sort of meditation on one of Paramaribo's residential neighbourhoods, slightly unsettling in its close-up observation of unexpected details of the landscape, with hints of urban ennui conveyed through time-lapse photography.

See more of Lisse's video work at his YouTube page.