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Eight Martini (english version)
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? 

English title Eight Martini
Keywords Animation, Computer-generated
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:03:58
Language English
Color BW
Year 2004
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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.