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On
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Grönlund & Grönlund:
Marie Grönlund & Karin Grönlund

ON was created in Video Nu’s new studio for Stockholm’s first international video festival in The House of Culture (Kulturhuset). Video Nu had finally purchased new equipment and started an exploration and experimentation with the possibilities of video, behind and in front of the camera. In ON, the artists used a VHS-camera and filmed each other, watched themselves on the screen, wrote texts in the camera, while they were being filmed and mixed. They had a strong common experience of living in the present moment and being ON the screen. ON is an improvised work and was created by the desire to look at ourselves. 

Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:02:18
Language English & Swedish
Color Color
Year 1985
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About the artists

Karin Grönlund

Karin Grönlund

Born in 1950. Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Karin Grönlund was educated at Kjartan Slettemark’s Live ART High School 1982-1988. Between 1984-1991 she was a member and part of the board of Video NU, later ‘Studion för Elektronisk Bildkonst’. Together with Marie Grönlund she was responsible for the equipment and courses held for members and art school students.

‘I had the privilege to have worked with Kjartan Slettemark between 1982 and 2008 in his fantastic never-ending creative pursuit, with performance videos and exhibitions’ – Karin Grönlund

Marie Grönlund

Marie Grönlund

Born in 1952. Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Marie Grönlund has had artistic training in video, performance, sculpture, graphics, textile and chromatics at Kjartan Slettemark’s Live ART High School 1982-1988, and has continued actively working in his studio until 2008. They experimented with video and in 1985 made a Live Art performance as an initiation ritual to welcome the video media into art. The film ON was the first playful examination of her identity using the video medium. Marie continued to explore herself with video – her body, her movement and her reflection in the mirror – in films such as Laguna, Labyrint and Mentala landskap.

Between 1984-1991 she was a member and part of the board of Video NU, later ‘Studion för Elektronisk Bildkonst’. Together with Karin Grönlund she was responsible for the equipment and courses held for members and art school students.

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