EN - In the background, technicians are installing a prestigious exhibition whilst a smartly dressed woman is guiding a group of people around a series of pristine white spaces, some of them filled with crates and wrapped-up paintings. Along the way, she not only comments on the art but also reveals the building to her audience from a unique perspective. Describing interiors, views and the city’s vibrant opportunities, the woman turns out to be an estate agent who is selling an up-market architectural proposal and a lifestyle that grafts the ‘value’ of art onto its institutions. Moving through the labyrinthine building, she finds herself lost in narrow corridors and staircases. Meanwhile, the future development projects itself into the group’s collective imagination, fed by the visionary architectural model on display.

FR - En arrière-plan des techniciens installent une prestigieuse exposition, tandis qu’une jeune femme habillée élégamment guide un groupe de gens au travers d’espaces d’un blanc immaculé, certains d’entre eux remplis de caisses et de tableaux emballés. Sur son chemin, elle ne commente pas seulement l’art, mais révèle aussi le bâtiment dans une perspective unique à son auditoire. Décrivant l’intérieur, les vues incroyables et les occasions vivantes de la ville, la femme s’avère être un agent de l’état qui vend une proposition architecturale haut de gamme et un mode de vie qui greffe les valeurs de l’art avec ses institutions. En voyageant dans le labyrinthe des immeubles, elle se perd dans des couloirs étroits et des cages d’escaliers. Pendant ce temps, le développement futur se projette dans l’imagination collective du groupe, nourri par le model architectural visionnaire qui est exposé.


Title The Good Life (A Guided Tour)
Original title The Good Life (a guided tour)
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Year 2009


Cast Carly Wijs
Editing Amir Borenstein, Katleen Vermeir
Music Justin Bennett

Technical specs

Running time film 16'
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2010: Loop Festival - The Platform for videoart (ESP) / Fundada Artists Film Festival (GBR) / Nam June Paik Art Center (KOR) / Caïro Video Festival (EGY)

The Good Life and Storyteller at Videonale 13

The installation version of The Good life (a guided tour), a video by Katleen Vermeir and Ronny Heiremans will be presented at Videonale 13 in the Kunstmuseum Bonn (14 April – 29 May). A second Flemish Videonale entry isStoryteller by Nicolas Provost. For the fest’s 13th edition, programmers screened over 1,700 submissions this year and invited around 50 artists for its official programme.

The Good Life was commissioned by the Arnolfini in Bristol, one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary Arts. The experimental film also screened at prestigious venues such as the Parisian Centre Pompidou (Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid) and the Frankfurter Kunstverein (exhibition ‘Notions of the Artist’). In The Good Life a smartly dressed lady is guiding a group of people around a series of pristine white spaces.

Published on Thursday 14 April 2011

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Director Katleen Vermeir, Ronny Heiremans
Producers Ronny Heiremans
Writers Katleen Vermeir, Ronny Heiremans

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