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Bram

A woman with a white stick descends the steps of a harbour crane. At home, at the controls of her sound system, she switches off the sounds of the harbour. Bram Cox has been blind for 6 years and became a sound artist. She is about to leave for Bohemia to embark on a project in the partially restored monastery at Plasy. She assimiliates the sounds she finds in her surroundings into idiosyncratic compositions that reflect, like a mirror, the sighted world, which in return seems deaf to the chaos of sound in which it lives.

In early 1991 I came across Bram Cox when looking for a blind person who could tell me how blind people dream. I was especially interested in how people who went blind later in life perceive the world around them; whether their dream images after a time have anything to do with today's reality. My conversations with Bram however served to increase my fascination with Bram herself, with what she has done and how. My interest shifted to Bram’s art. The inner power that left her time and again to investigate material captivated me. She had been a visual artist for 30 years when diabetes made her blind. However her urge to create was not affected and she turned her attention to sound. Then she told me she had been invited for a project on location in The Czech Republic. She was going to fill her cassette tapes with sounds from her surroundings and turn them into a performance on the spot. The elements for this documentary fell into place. We follow Bram as she seeks out sound and unfolds her view of its world. Investigating this world of sound gives Bram an opportunity to regain her grip on the world around her. As an artist, Bram has developed sensitivity to pictorial language and at a later age to auditory language. This language census her life but does help her develop further as an artist.

 

Director

JOOST VERHEY

D.O.P.

MAARTEN KRAMER

Sound

ERIK LANGHOUT

Editing

AUGUST VERSCHUEREN

 

TON DE GRAAFF

Producer

MARTY DE JONG (MM Filmprodukties)

Year

1993