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Keen Competition
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Lisa Strömbeck & Andrea Creutz

The video Keen Competition, like the Seekers, is produced in a documentary spirit with humorous undertones. It shows two friends (the artists) babysitting the daughter of a common friend. Behind this pleasant image of women and children, a classic motif in art, a competition between the two women plays itself out. They compete for the child’s love and over which of the two is most competent in the role of stand-in-mother. It immediately becomes apperent, however, that the competition itself is more important to them than what it is they are actually competing over. Under the pretext of wanting the best for the child, they criticize and admonish each other in an effort to make each other feel insecure. The struggle is played out as the two change diapers and cook cereal. The aim is for each to underscore her own superiority by criticizing the other.

Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:08:20
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 1997
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About the artists

Lisa Strömbeck

Lisa Strömbeck

Lisa Strömbeck is born 1966 in Andrarum, Sweden. Graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1999. Currently lives and works in Copenhagen in Denmark and Borrby, Sweden. Her works span the media of video, photography and collage. Animals and the human relationships to them are a recurring motif in her socio-psychological studies.The human-animal relationship functions as a metaphor for the economics of love, exploring the shift between inner psychologies and outer realities and their confluence in processes of identity and identification.

Andrea Creutz

Andrea Creutz

Born 1970 in Stockholm, Sweden. Based in Stockholm and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Andrea Creutz is a visual artist. In 2000 she graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and 2002-2003 she participated in The Whitney Independent Study Program, NYC. Currently, she is at The Danish Arts Agency, Visual Arts Centre’s Residency in Berlin. In Creutz’s work value systems and social conventions are explored. Her interdisciplinary projects address economic, social, and cultural questions, acknowledging that contemporary art and critical reflection make up a coherent area of meaning. Exhibitions and projects include: ‘Story Space on Gift Economies’, CASCO NL (2006); ‘CAPITAL – it fails us now’, UKS, NO, and Kunstihoone, EST (2005); ‘The Hidden Flow’, Sparwasser, DE; ‘PSYOP’ Minority Report, International Art Festival, DK (2004).

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