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Birds
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Marika Orenius

Three women (the artist herself and her two sisters) take a seat one by one on the sofa. The image splits to three separate images of the sisters. They recite the text of the video to the camera one after the other. You can see the excitement of the filming moment and how they examine the presence when they are saying those words.

Texts ‘My soul is like an expensive instrument which is locked up and the key is gone’ and ‘You seem to be restless’ are from Anton Chekhov’s play Three sisters. The theme of the play is longing (freedom) and to get away from actual circumstances. The image of flying birds is slowed down and it is edited between the other ones to get away from the ‘tormenting’ filming situation. It is an extract from Alfred Hitchcock’s film Birds. This image refers to our common cultural consciousness, which develops through largely known films and art.

English title Birds
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:04:04
Language Finnish
Color Color
Year 2004
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About the artist

Marika Orenius

Born 1971, in Jyväskylä, Finland, lives and works in Gothenburg. Orenius has studied in Turku Art- and Communication School, Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts, Paris Supérieure Nationale des Beaux-Arts, ‘Writing on art’ studies in Vasari program in Helsinki and ‘New media’studies at Valand Art School (2001-2002) in Gothenburg. These studies include video, fine art, film- and art theory as well new media. In her video works she examines the relation between images and words as well the meaning of the spoken word in relation to dream or text.

Her themes are connected to the phenomenons of contemporary culture and the starting point is often a theoretical way of thinking. She uses video, film, photography, performance, drawing, sound and digital media in her art. In November 2003 she started with two other persons a new gallery space 300m3 in Gothenburg which mainly shows video, performance and digital art. She has worked in Borås Art Museum as a pedagogue in media art, in Finland as a teacher in video, as a guide in Kiasma and a curator / distributor in AV-arkki.

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