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Saskia Holmkvist

On the screen an insect is seen. It keeps flying seemingly tireless on its path. At the same time we hear three stories, based on reality. They are gathered from China, Libya and Australia. Different kinds of problems emerge and to solve them, efficient systems are created. 

In the film System, we confront what happens when apparently rational decisions prove to have devastating results in real life. How deeds can hit back onthemselves if multiplicity isn’t respected. A dilemma that one has to deal with as every act can’t be foreseen and we don’t want to stop development.

Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:05:00
Language English
Color Color
Year 2001
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About the artist

Saskia Holmkvist

Saskia Holmkvist´s work is a long-term research-based practice, where the art-making builds on contextual involvement and is concerned with exploring the limits of translation and how it shapes and forms relations and historical trajectories, in particular on agency. The work combines aspects of ethnography and theatre to create films and performance that relate through past artworks, language, and contested history. Always working with a diverse array of people from a variety of backgrounds, Holmkvist considers these individuals as the main agents of the transformative potential in creating non-linear narratives, suggesting alternative readings or possibilities, juxtaposing documentary with fiction and storytelling. Holmkvist works in a circular mode of connectivity, bringing together themes of historic erasure and limits of translation through critical listening, oral speculation, repetitions into works of performance and film installations.