Sculture nel tempo is a road movie that travels through time to explore the sculptures of Philip Van Isacker in public space. We experience stone, steel, copper and bronze as they are subjected to the elements and the changing seasons. The art documentary halts at works in situ and from his studio, Van Isacker reflects on the place of sculpture, the transience of art, and the role of doubt and unpredictability in our lives and society.
This documentary dwells on a visual practice that seems to be the antithesis of the prevailing visual regime with fast, immaterial, fleeting images. The makers have attempted to exploit the possibilities of the audiovisual medium to communicate content by working with three layers throughout the work: exposition, a poetic layer and an abstract layer. Besides researching the subject that is on the forefront, creating the documentary also meant looking for a possible form for artistic research, how to work and speak on the basis of images, without immediately relying on formats as a fallback.
a documentary by Dany Deprez & Jan Peeters (BE, 2020, 55’)
photography: Bob Mees
additional camera: Christopher Allegrezza, Alexander Deprez, Jan Peeters, Yorick Van Schandevijl
original score: Frans Van Isacker
soundscapes and sound mix: Jürgen De Blonde
title design: Peter Van de Cotte
editing: Jeroen Mestdag
colour grading: Thomas De Brabanter
producer: Eva Dinneweth
account manager: Katy De Puydt
translation and subtitling: Option Media
with the support of:  Art Cinema OFFoff, Stad Gent


  • dr. Jan Peeters ( project leader, KULeuven/LUCA )
  • Dany Deprez (LUCA)

Reserach unit: Image

Duration: 2017 - 2020