Filmform (est. 1950) is dedicated to preservation, promotion and worldwide distribution of experimental film and video art. Constantly expanding, the distribution catalogue spans from 1924 to the present, including works by Sweden’s most prominent artists and filmmakers, available to rent for public screenings and exhibitions as well as for educational purposes.
Heaven is filmed from below. We can see a woman’s face watching us. After a while the woman spits on the camera lens (on us so to speak). The spit transforms, and becomes bigger and bigger and finally the face disappears. The only thing we can see is white foam. It becomes a landscape. The video was shown at Göteborgs Konsthall as a huge projection on a ceiling, in Göteborgs Konsthall’s entrance (2004-2005). An important point of this projection, is that the visitor should be under it and watch it from below.
Jessica Faiss is a painter, photographer, and video artist. Her education includes an MFA from Konstfack, University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Stockholm, and Tohoku University of Art Craft and Design, Yamagata, Japan, among others.
Her work often focuses on movement and travelling and this existential condition a monotonous occupation or a journey through a landscape can evoke. It is a theme that recurs in several video works and which reflects both an external and internal moving condition. The main mood of the works is monotonous. What emerges is the uninterrupted movement of time, the moments are together added to eternity, we become aware of the invisible path of time. In suggestive sequences, the viewer travels from one point to another through the camera’s progressive movement along a road. In the experience of how the environment passes by, how the landscape changes and shades into new forms while our body remains still, an interesting feeling arises of being at the junction between an inner and outer reality. The journey changes the landscape, forest turns into open terrain, villages become suburbs which in turn grow into large cities. She is interested in the vacuum that arises in between, when the mind is allowed to stay calm for a moment. We are allowed to be where nothing happens, and this presence triggers thoughts from recently experienced events or from many years preserved memories.
Previous solo exhibitions include Göteborgs Konsthall, Konsthall Jönköping, Sweden, Galleri Lars Olsen, Copenhagen, Nordic Outbreak in New York, Transformer in Washington DC, and RGB Neighbors Film-videokunstfestival, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, among others. She won an award as the foremost artist at the Moving Image 2013 art fair in London. Since 2017 her video work Voyage is displayed at Stockholm Odenplan subway station, giving the commuters a feeling of being in a green forest in the summertime.