Guido van der Werve is known for stunningly poetic videos, which often portray desolated landscapes, melancholic subjects, and epic, at times humorous, journeys. Often accompanied by classical music, van der Werve’s videos are mesmerizing tableaux in which the artist touches upon issues of mortality, sublime beauty, and the impossible feat to defy the inexorable course of nature.
For the High Line, van der Werve presents Nummer negen, the day I didn’t turn with the world, a 9-minute video consisting of time-lapse photography taken over a 24-hour period at the North Pole. Depicting a large, barren landscape of icecaps and blue sky, the video immortalizes the artist slowly turning in the opposite direction of the earth’s rotation. The video is accompanied by soft melodic music composed and played by the artist, who is an accomplished classical pianist.
Photos by Austin Kennedy.