Still from the movie Everyone is dead except us (2021)



Movie premiere: Everyone is dead except us

For several months now the artwork Everyone is dead except us from Ben Zegers a prominent place on the Binnenrotte, the place where Rotterdam originated 750 years ago. CBK Rotterdam and Sculpture International Rotterdam (SIR) commissioned visual artist and filmmaker Mels van Zutphen to make a film about the realization of this work. This short film, which shows the creation process of the artwork in various stages, will premiere on Thursday 28 January.

Two years
Two years ago, Zegers gave a lecture on 'Everyone is dead except us', which was still in the design phase at the time. In a performance-like manner, Zegers spoke about the background and sources of inspiration for his designs. Van Zutphen was inspired by this and decided to use this lecture as a guideline for his film about the work-in-progress. The result: a short film in which the viewer is taken along in the special two-year process of creating the gigantic work of art that nowadays adorns the Binnenrotte. 

This short film by Mels van Zutphen will premiere on Thursday 28 January at 20.00 p.m. the Youtube channel of CBK Rotterdam. In the run-up to it be in the days after prior introductory films published - also on the same channel and social media - which provide both the work and the film with more context. In these three films by filmmaker Ciska Meister, those involved are interviewed by Ove Lucas, director of CBK Rotterdam. 

Mels van Zutphen
Van Zutphen (1963) is a visual artist, who lives and works in Rotterdam. He studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. His work includes film, photography, video and sound installations. In addition, he also occasionally makes commissioned films for the cultural sector. In 2018 he made the film for CBK Rotterdam / SIR The Thing, untitled 1957 about the restoration of the statue of Naum Gabo that stands next to the Bijenkorf.