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Improvised Objects (teaser)

2021 / 4K/ 16:9/ stereo sound/ 5.1 / DCP/ 9.36 min.

In a world where billions are spent on and invested in state-of-the-art weaponry, the deadliest weapon is still a low budget DIY device that most people can make from materials found at their homes. The so-called IED = Improvised Explosive Device - killed nearly 18.000 people only in the last couple of years. Recipes for these IEDs can be found all over the dark web. An American soldier, an IED-maker and a philosopher describe their relation towards these improvised objects. What are these devices when they can have almost any shape, form and content?


Katja Verheul (b. 1988 Hilversum (NL)) is a filmmaker, visual artist and researcher based in Amsterdam (NL). She graduated with a BFA in Audio-Visual Arts from Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL) in 2012 and holds a MFA in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University (UK) in 2016.

Her research and film projects evolves around performative realities, post-war and power structures. With her projects she wants to make complex invisible social, political and economical issues visible again. She experiments with different formats to question these histories and stories, often using fiction as a method.


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She has shown her work at Visions du Réel (CH), Kasseler Dokfest (DE), International Short Film Festival in Hamburg (DE), Dokufest (KS), New Wight Biennial (USA), MAXXI (IT), Yarat Contemporary Art Centre (AZ), Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), LAZNIA Center for Contemporary Art (PL), ART Rotterdam (NL), Visio at 11th edition of lo schermo dell’arte (IT) and on Dutch television. She was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie (2018-2019) and Yarat Contemporary Art Centre (2019). 

Currently I am working on two research projects;
Unknown Grounds, a video about sound pollution underwater in the North Sea.
Trust, about social inequality and the Netherlands as tax haven.

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Improvised Objects (2021) distributed by Lima Amsterdam

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8th of April 2021
Online talk about participating in MINUTES by Kaan Architecten (NL)

On the occasion of this Thursday Night Live!, Brendan Cormier, who works as Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, will introduce MINUTES and animate a discussion with the filmmakers who took part in the project. He will bring his experience of commissioning film for major exhibitions as a way of adding a new dimension of understanding for the viewer.

+ Het Nieuwe Instituut


10th of April 2021
Facilitating an artistic research workshop for the Atrim-Lab students in Baku (online)

+ Yarat Contemporary Art Centre


Online interview for broedplaats WOW

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2nd till 6th of June 2021
World première Improvised Objects at IFFR (NL)




Until 7th of March 2021
exhibiting Maiden at Current Situation, LAZNIA Center for Contemporary Art (PL)

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December 12th and 13th 2020
screening Maiden at 14 IN OUT FESTIVAL 2020 Architecture / Moving Image (PL)

Online talk on the 13th of December at 15:00 (CET) BLOCK III: The architecture as a memory storage.



November 14th till 21st 2020
screening Maiden at Sharjah Film Platform (UAE)

+ Sharjah Art Foundation



November 13th till 15th 2020
screening Toni and Bleri at LeGuessWho? ON/OFF 2020 (NL)

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September 2020 until January 2021
participating in the new wilderness organised by
FilmForward (NL)

Online presentation on the 20th of January at 15:00 (CET)

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September until November 2020
participating in Embedded Arts Practice in a Post-pandemic Future at UNIDEE (IT)



4th of September 2020
screening Toni and Bleri at Kino Kosova in Bern (CH)

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