Tim Wes will release Face Me, his new music video, under the arcade of Het Nieuwe Instituut on Thursday 16 July at 10pm (sunset). The launch takes the form of a pop-up exhibition and short video programme. The event follows For the Record: Urban Imaginaries, an event about representations of the city in music videos that was live streamed on June 11 with Tim as one of the speakers.
“Three people visit a peepshow. They pay, take a seat and are met by their entertainer as the curtain slides up. But when the music starts and the show is set to begin, the tables turn: the visitors start to dance and the entertainer gazes at them. The voyeur becomes the entertainer, wanting nothing more than to feel seen and desired. Lost in this strange power dynamic, they will do anything to feel seen: even pay.
The music video for Face Me represents the vicious circle of a relationship in which two people are unequal to each other. Where one constantly gives while the other takes. Where one glorifies the good and ignores the bad in the person they’re with because, against their better judgment, they want to love so desperately. They lose themselves in their desire and even though they know how it might end, go for that quick fix of happiness again and again.
The story plays with context and flips expectations by shifting the power dynamic. It illustrates how, in a one-sided relationship, we can lose ourselves completely, and how things can turn out differently from what we expected at the beginning.”
Due to Covid-19 measures, we ask everyone to keep 1.5 metres from others before, during and after the event.