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Eight Martini
Saskia Holmkvist

If a serious expression is connected with a playful, one starts to question the trustworthiness of what is beeing presented. This is what happens in the film Eight Martini. During the entire 4 minute film the viewer is put to correlate an image and a story that do not have any evident connection. Not until the end when we are to get the answer it is revieled that it’s three different expressions that have points of contact but no evident connection; a historical documentary, a didactic narration, and a party game.

Eight Martini was an internal expression within the CIA and the coming into being of it is told to us in the film. The expression was synonymous with successful results and external acknowledgement which was something the remote viewers within the CIA did not have. So how did they present their results to the sceptics so that they would find them successfull in order to get acknowledged? This leaves us with the question, when is a presentation of a result believable to us? 

Keywords Animation, Computer-generated
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:04:00
Language Swedish
Color BW
Year 2004
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About the artist

Saskia Holmkvist

Born in 1971. Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Saskia Holmkvist work hovers between the language of fiction and documentary in an attempt to get hold of the apparent reality that is being presented to us. By looking at the construction of what we perceive as true, credible, authentic or entertaining Saskia Holmkvist wants to investigate the constituent parts of what builds up trustworthiness. She turns herself directly towards the experience of the viewer and in many of her works one is invited to reveal a case. The work with text plays a central role in her work. Even so does the work with the different characteristics of genres. This is clearest in the films Interview with Saskia Holmkvist 2005 and Eight Martini 2004.