Collaborative video featured in installation at the Allentown Museum of Art

Double Dutch is a collaboration between David Biedenbender (music) and Jennifer MacDonald (hand drawn animation) and was commissioned by Creighton Michael for an installation at the Allentown Museum of Art entitled “Double Dutch” as part of the Past Present: Conversations across Time Exhibit (2/22/2015-5/17/2015).

The installation is inspired primarily by two paintings by Paulus Moreelse from 1625 of Dirck Strick and Henrica Ploost van Amstel, which are merged in a kind of “wedding dance.” The video uses images of goffering irons which were used to maintain the ruffs of their clothing. The harpsichord tune heard in the video is “Daphne” from the Camphuysen Manuscript, first published in 1624, a collection of Dutch sacred songs usually played on the virginal, a member of the harpsichord family.