Portrait of the extra­or­di­nary collector Erik Fens, who organ­ises the world according to his collages, currently containing 700 volumes, and to which he sees there is no end.
Collector Erik Fens works in the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the oldest museum in the Nether­lands. At work, he measures the air and humidity, at home he organ­ises the world according to his personal views with a pair of scis­sors and glue. Fens’ book­case contains 700 volumes with collages of (news­paper) clip­pings, which vary from photographs of all kinds of hand-blown kisses to couches that have been put out on the street. With the images of Fens at work, both in the museum and at home, this born collector explains what the nature of collecting is and why someone does it. The incli­na­tion starts in the third to fourth year of one’s life, when a child expe­ri­ences an exis­ten­tial uncer­tainty. Collecting is organ­ising.’ Fens considers himself a meta-collector, who is espe­cially inter­ested in the why. His surpris­ingly forceful voice-over colours the intro­verted world of the collector, which is equally quiet and rich, more or less like the atmos­phere in the oldest Dutch museum itself.

Credits

Set geluid
Production company
seriousFilm
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: De wereld als verzameling
Year: 2007
Duration : 13 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2012

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