This short film invites the viewer to take part in a mood rich in poetic ‘colour’. In “Onverhaalbaar” MJ Lourens draws inspiration on various mediums to take the viewer on an intimate journey of the senses.

Inspired by his surroundings as he walks through a graveyard then later alongside the seaside the inner guerrilla film maker takes over and he is compelled to report back. As Frans Shubert said, “I am in the world only for the purpose of composing.” This is exactly where we meet him in the places between the subconscious and conscious spheres we gain access to poetry brought to life.

Here he practices surrealistic automatism. In this genre, which was practiced by Dadaists and Surrealists alike; the creator of the brush to paint or in this instance written to vocal word abandons the “inner critic” the restrictions of the conscious mind and allows the subconscious to filter through, freely as it wishes to move and flow and evolve into an almost meditative piece until a mysterious truth in rhythm is found wherein the concept is created through chance and play. Evoking emotion, contemplation and introspection.

This coupled with the music in the film starts to coexist and take shape in the form of sound art. The art historian, Don Goddard explains sound art to be, "It may be that sound art adheres to curator Hellermann's perception that "hearing is another form of seeing,' that sound has meaning only when its connection with an image is understood... The conjunction of sound and image insists on the engagement of the viewer, forcing participation in real space and concrete, responsive thought rather than illusionary space and thought."

Klara Schoeman-Wiese March 2017