The Eindhoven-based artist and musician Dick Verdult’s career spans decades. He is seen as an outsider, and as ‘the last Dada-ist’, but the craziness in his work turns out to be quite controlled and based on very personal experiences from his childhood as a ‘Philips child’ in Latin America. Rather than fighting globalism as a problem, Verdult is like a cheerful, transcultural mutant. We see how, at the age of 60, he has become a cult musician in South America, Russia and Japan and is increasingly recognised internationally as a visual artist. This documentary explores Verdult’s multidisciplinary, international art practice. We see Verdult at work in his studios in Bergeijk and Calanda and on tour in Peru, Colombia and Argentina.
This film is also the opening film of DOCfeed 2017 on Thursday.