During two nights in April, Filmform will present the legacy of Swedish experimental film & video art at Image Forum, Tokyo. The two separate screenings will be introduced by Filmform’s Andreas Bertman and followed by a talk together with the writer Martin Grennberger.
The two programmes have been supported by the Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation. With thanks to Image Forum and The Swedish Embassy in Tokyo.
Gunvor Nelson & Dorothy Wiley
Peter Weiss & Hans Nordenström
Hans (Esse Li) Esselius & Kjartan Slettemark
EMS nr 1
Murmurs of Earth
2011 12 30
Martina Hoogland Ivanow
Walk on a Stick and Cry
You Don’t Love Me Yet
(Teresa Wennberg’s Nuit Blanche, 1983, 7:23 min will shown in the video art programme on April 20th)
Filmform is one of the oldest organizations in the world devoted to video art and experimental film and was founded in 1950 in Stockholm, Sweden, originally as an independent film co-op. Later it was re-organized into a foundation and is now the most important driving force for artists’ films and videos in Sweden – working with archiving, distribution as well as dissemination of knowledge and information. Filmform is further an important intermediary between independent filmmakers and governmental agencies and is often engaged as an advisor to museums, galleries, universities, and festivals. Constantly expanding, the distribution catalogue spans from 1924 to the present, including works by Sweden’s most prominent artists and filmmakers within the field of moving images.
Filmform has its origin in the post-war generation of artists that experienced the cinema as a new and expanding creative field. In film – personal expression, free from the regulations of convention, could maintain its independence. Artists’ films – as well as videos later on – made it possible to connect to the world and to modern times. Filmform has been the hub of artists’ films and videos since several decades. Artists like Viking Eggeling, Peter Weiss and Gunvor Nelson have been important in this process, and new names are merging continuously. It is a beautiful coincidence that the first film that was planned when the association once formed in 1950 was called Vision. The vision of artists moving images is under constant review.