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Flykten från fälten
Agdler & Menke:
Timo Menke & Nils Agdler

Electricity is a vital, but invisible, component of modern life. The new and controversial phenomenon of electro-hypersensitivity – oversensitivity to electro-magnetic fields from mobile phones, power lines etc. – dramatically illustrates our dependence on electricity. What would happen in our society if more and more people were to develop oversensitivity? What would a society without electricity look like?

We worked on this project for four years. During that period, we interviewed people with electrohypersensitivity along with a scientist and other experts, and over time we developed a scenario. The footage was mainly filmed with a spring-driven 16 mm camera, but we also used a digital video camera, some historical footage and stills. The sound was recorded on an old tape recorder in order to minimize electromagnetic stress during the interviews.

Fugitives from the field has previously been exhibited at Gothenburg’s Museum of Art, ‘BLICK’ at the Modern Museum in Stockholm, at Kunstverein in Munich in Germany and recently at four locations in Gävleborg, Sweden. The film has received the Diesel New Art Award.

English title Fugitives from the Fields
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format 16mm
Duration 00:17:00
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 2005
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About the artists

Nils Agdler

Born 1969 in Östersund, Sweden. Lives in Stockholm.

Nils is working as an artist and photographer in Stockholm. He has studied at the University College of Arts Crafts and Design and Valand School of Fine Arts and is interested in social phenomena such as mental and physical boundaries, electricity and mass tourism. Recently Agdler collaborated with Timo Menke on a film project about men and masculinity. The results have been screened at several international filmfestivals during 2018, including screening at 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, with Filmform and Timo Menke.

Timo Menke

Timo Menke

Timo Menke was born in Germany, and lives and works in Sweden since 1988. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm in 1999. Between 2004 and 2014 he has been teaching as Senior lecturer at the department of art at Konstfack, Stockholm. He is also engaged at the Filmform foundation, the Art Film and Video Archive, in Stockholm, dealing with archiving and distribution of film and video art.