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Hjärtats totala solförmörkelse
Lina Selander

Installation: Total Eclipse of the Heart. An installation at Filmform, Stockholm. It consists of three parts: one looped short film on a monitor, one video projection, and one recital on an old fashion Revox tape recorder.

The monitor (part I) shows silent black and white scenes: tunnels, reflections of light, the setting of a table… drafts of narrations that can take form. The projection (part II) shows a monumental circle shaped red solid which to a large part hides the b/w moving images behind it. From the tape recorder (part III) comes a male voice monotonously reading the text 117 of 146 Instamatic pictures, which meticulously describes a series of photographs which have been sewn in.

In Total Eclipse of the Heart I wanted to investigate the nature of a hidden room in the image, its ‘hiddenness’. Imagine yourselves a staring into your own blind spot… In Total Eclipse of the Heart the black and white moving images are to a large extent blinded by a monumental circle shaped red solid. On the one hand the red solid meets the gaze of the beholder as an eye of its own and sends back the gaze, on the other hand a relation (an insecure exchange of meaning…) is formed between the red solid and the two other parts of the installation: the smaller film and the voice that monotonously chants descriptions of perforated photographs. I wanted to explore the black or blind field, that which does not become image, and its relation (bleeding) to other stations in an installation, to other parts of an image.

Keywords Installation
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:08:57
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Year 2004
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About the artist

Lina Selander

Born 1973, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Lina Selander works mainly with moving images in film and video, but also with photography, text and sound. Her works are often installations where these different medias and components converge and interrelate to one another. She is interested in the image’s ability and lack of ability to reproduce time, experience and memories and she explores how different narrative forms and techniques transform and change a story. Her works investigate film as medium, examining its possibilities and limitations as form of expression, and they often raise questions about history, media archeology and authenticity.

Selander’s work has been shown at Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Moderna Museet and in international group shows, biennales and festivals, for example in the Manifesta 9 in Genk, Bucharest Biennale 2010, the Media Art Biennale in Seoul, Korea. She will represent Sweden in the next Venice Biennale 2015.