Fall II, Amsterdam

Artist: Bas Jan Ader
video | 16mm film | :24 | 1970

Fall II, Amsterdam, 1970 Broken Fall, (Geometric), 1971 Broken Fall, (Organic), 1971 Bas Jan Ader’s videos Fall and Broken Fall investigate his interest in subjectivity. In building a resonating relationship between the acting out of the fall and the real life moment of relinquishing control, Ader parodies the rational Cartesian method. His gestures and acts formulate a new relationship between a purposeful cause and an unforeseen effect. In subjecting his body to the forces of gravity – standing atop a roof and falling to the ground, grasping onto a limb of tree until he is unable to do so any longer, propping himself against a chair so that his weight drives its dislocation, driving his bicycle from the street into the canal – Ader consumes and erodes the myth of perfection traditionally attached to formalism.


Manifesta 5 | 2004.06.11 - 2004.09.30 | Arteleku(San Sebastián, Spain) | Casa Ciriza(San Sebastián, Spain) | Koldo Mitxelena(San Sebastián, Spain) | Kubo Kutxa Kursaal | Museo San Telmo(San Sebastián, Spain) | Ondartxo(San Sebastián, Spain) | San Sebastián | Soto del Aquarium(San Sebastián, Spain)