Filmform (est. 1950) is dedicated to preservation, promotion and worldwide distribution of experimental film and video art. Constantly expanding, the distribution catalogue spans from 1924 to the present, including works by Sweden’s most prominent artists and filmmakers, available to rent for public screenings and exhibitions as well as for educational purposes.
In the film Iris (1954), which Burbeck made together with Mihail Livada and Lennart Johansson behind the camera, she uses simple forms of animation, creating an associative collage of the word iris in its various meanings: the iris of the eye, a mythical figure and the fleur-de-lis.
Both Iris and Sycadora can be regarded as early eclectic experiments in filmmaking, moulded out of curiosity, artful vagaries and unconstrained forms.
Eivor Burbeck (1926–1965, Stockholm) was an author, critic and filmmaker. Very little is written of her life and work, presumably because her production was scarce in quantity and transgressed conventional genre divisions. In 1954 she published a collection of poems named Skrattmåsens legeringar [The Gull’s Alloy]. Early in her career she came in contact with Arbetsgruppen för film [The Working Group for Film], in which she became an active member. As a critic she introduced the experimental film and its problems to a wider audience through articles and essays in the specialised press as well as daily newspapers.