EN - Idle Times is an experimental episodic film relating the story of a family embroiled in an age-old drama, which attempts to engage the viewer with interactive elements and explore the mechanics that drive the medium of film. In creating the project Verhaest was asking: how does one create a narrative, or a character? What role does editing play in this process? How does one move an audience to enter into the illusion? How could interaction extend this illusion?


Title Idle Times
Original title Temps mort
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Experimental
Genre experimental interactive fiction
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-09-02


Cast Hélène Devos, Mieke Versyp, Dolores Bouckaert, Angelo Tijssens, Pieter Genard
Photography Alex Verhaest
Editing Alex Verhaest
Sound Wouter Verhulst
Art director Alex Verhaest
Costume Tessa Teixeira de Matos, Barbara Berends

Technical specs

Running time film 8'
Release format Interactive Installation
Other available formats HD
Aspect ratio 16x9
Sound format stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Production partners Grimm Gallery, Latitude Link


2015: Prix Ars Electronica (AT), Japanese Media Art Festival Tokyo (JP), Finalist World Technology Awards (US)

2014: FILE Sao Paolo (BR), Nomination New Technological Art Award Contest (BE)


2015: New Face Award - Japanese Media Art Festival Tokyo (JP), Golden Nica - Prix Ars Electronica (AT)

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Last edited by alex verhaest on 26 April 2016

Short info

Director Alex Verhaest
Producers Alex Verhaest
Writers Angelo Tijssens, Alex Verhaest

Alex Verhaest
Generaal Jacqueslaan 202
1040 Etterbeek


Dauwens & Beernaert Gallery
de Stalingradlaan 26
1000 Brussels
T +32 478 56 86 26

Website https://www.alexverhaest.com
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