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Photo by Austin Kennedy

Guido van der Werve

Nummer negen, the day I didn't turn with the world

March 2013 – May 2013

High Line Channel 14, 14th Street Passage on the High Line at West 14th Street

March 11 – May 6, 2013
Daily beginning at 5:00 PM

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.

Artist bio

Guido van der Werve (b. 1977, The Netherlands) lives and works in Finland. Upcoming exhibitions include the 2013 Rotterdam Film Festival and the Wiener Secession in Fall 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013); Luhring Augustine, New York (2012); Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2012); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2009); Hayward Gallery, London (2008); and La Maison Rouge, la Vestibule, Paris (2008). Select group exhibitions include Boston University Art Gallery, Boston (2012); Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2010); P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2010); and Stoschnek Foundation, Dusseldorf (2009). Biennials and festivals include 18th Biennial of Sydney, Sydney (2012); 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011); Festival of New Ideas, New Museum, New York (2011); Performa 11, New York (2011); Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2010); Performa 09, New York (2009); and Torino Triennial, Torino (2008).


High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.