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Eivor Burbeck

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.

Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic film
Duration 00:05:00
Language No dialogue
Color BW
Year 1954
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About the artist

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.