'Drifting' is a narrative video in which an old man is heard off-screen, bidding farewell to his beloved. It becomes clear from his account that she committed suicide when they were both still young. At the end of his life, he speaks of the tragedy and of her inconceivable beauty, which he carries in his memory. At the end of his discourse, it becomes clear that the woman was more to him than a lover.

The video shows two figures, a young man and a woman, milling about in shadowy, indistinct surroundings. Op De Beeck wrote the text in 2004 and completed an English-language version for the publication of the monograph ‘Hans on the Beeck: On Vanishing’.

This work has been digitised in the frame of DCA Project