EN - Blue is the chromatic, historical and discursive filter through which a performance by African-American poet Kain unfolds. The famed precursor of hip-hop in the late 1960s delivers his ‘spoken word’ as the Belgian percussionist Lander Gyselinck improvises to the flow of his utterances. Throughout the performance various museum objects - funeral figurines, automaton, astrolabe, mappa mundi, textiles -are juxtaposed with Kain’s own props. They invoke affective retrospections on exile and belonging, slave routes and colonial trade.


Title Ultramarine
Original title Ultramarine
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Experimental
Genre Experimental
Year 2018
World première / first public presentation 2018-09-20


Cast Kain The Poet & Lander Gyselinck
Photography Vincent Pinckaers
Editing Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Sound Laszlo Umbreit
Music Kain The Poet & Lander Gyselinck

Technical specs

Running time film 42'
Release format DCP
Other available formats HD Dolby & Stereo
Aspect ratio 1.85:1
Sound format Dolby 5.1
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Le Printemps de septembre, Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, The Powerplant Contemporary Art Gallery


2019: The Powerplant, Toronto (CA)

2018: Le Printemps de septembre, Toulouse (FR); Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal (CA)

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Last edited on 15 March 2019

Short info

Director Vincent Meessen
Producers Vincent Meessen, Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Writers Vincent Meessen

Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Koning Albert II-laan 28-30
1000 Brussels
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