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Media and Art. Erik Hogenboom.

 

Erik Hogenboom

What is art for you?

Art is for me a highly personal statement by the artist about reality. In a painting, carved in wood or stone, in sound or images, or whatever medium the artist chooses to express him/herself. Art requires total freedom of speech and expression. In that sense art symbolises the highest form of freedom of speech and expression because the personal statement of the artist often does not cope with the opinions or believes of the majority of the population. Art is an expression of hope for change of the existing reality towards new forms, shapes, ideas, philosophies. It can be very critical or negative or it can be affirmative of the what the artist encounters in reality.

As such art is an important force for changing the world, by showing the unthinkable and what is possible by unrevealing what was thought to be impossible.

How do art and documentary complement each other?

There are many kinds of documentaries: informative, investigative, news stories, ego documents etc. But for me, a real good documentary is a form of art, in the sense that it is a highly personal statement or revelation by the documentary maker about reality.

How do you see art in the next two decades?

Speaking for the TV Media in my country The Netherlands, I may say that art already has an important place in the broadcasting time; Documentaries with highly personal statements, programmes about theatre, paintings, museum exhibitions, music programmes etc, are an important part of the programmes, especially on public broadcasting.

Which art form touches your feelings most?

For me music is the most direct form of art; Music is an art form that goes straight to the heart of people. So, in that sense music is for me probably the art form that touches my feeling the most. But on the other hand, I am a bit a ‘wolverine’, because so many other art forms can touch me deep: paintings, sculptures, architecture, literature, poetry. They all give me consolation, hope, inspiration, and strength to cope with ordinary life. In that sense art is the spice for life, the stuff that the blood keeps going around.

As such art is an important force for changing the world, by showing the unthinkable and what is possible by unrevealing what was thought to be impossible.

Erik Hogenboom
Erik Hogenboom

Executive producer of Free Spirits. More: https://www.prixeuropa.eu/news/erikhogenboom

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