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.
The moving image has its problems with negation: it is almost necessarily affirmative because something in it has to move. In Whiteout, though, pictorial space is almost exhausted. Only a few contours are left in an otherwise all-white image that is saved from going blank by a dialogue that establishes certain vague desires. Through Dahlberg’s tribute to the avant-garde art group the Situationists’ idea of blowing up a waterfall in England’s picturesque Lake District, the video becomes an endgame of visuality. Whiteout leaves the viewer in the double bind between activity and passivity, art and non-art, past and present.
Kajsa Dahlberg graduated from Malmö Art Academy in 2003. In her artistic practice she works with video, text and sound, and often use documentary material as a point of departure for investigations of a specific subject and it’s relation to the medium which is being used. Dahlberg is interested in how stories are constructed and mediated in relation to questions of censorship, political representation and identity. She has worked with representation of lesbian activism and of mediation of national identity in a Swedish-American area in Chicago.
As part of her artistic practice she has also been involved in starting a production unity for artists working with moving images. It is a network and a forum for artists working with probe reporting, critique of the media and narrative experiments. They are interested in discussions about the systems of production and distribution of images and arrange seminars, lectures and symposiums that artists, filmmakers and theorists are invited to. Since September 2016 she is working on a practice based PhD at The Royal Institute of Art (KKH) in Stockholm.