Taking Place

»Taking Place« (7’16″, 2008) follows the weekly routine of a group of people who, a few times a week, meet up after their day jobs in a local community space in an immigrant neighborhood in Rotterdam. Similar to the Hauka ritual depicted in Jean Rouch’s film ‘Les Maîtres Fous’ (The Mad Masters) who enter trance and are possessed by various spirits related with Western colonial powers, during these gatherings the Rotterdammers seem to become possessed by the spirits of their neighbors, non-native citizens of various backgrounds. In doing so, they adopt the foreign appearance (African robes, Muslim veils etc.) as they engage in a self-initiated and self-developed creative activity.