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From the Top of a Steep Hill
Katja Aglert

The night sky at Times Square, one of the brightest sites on earth, is filmed during the darkest day of the month. The images are juxtaposed with a series of short stories related to the conceptions of darkness and light in our times, narrated by a voice over in a news telegram manner. The stories are edited versions based on stories told by people Katja Aglert encountered during her reserach on light pollution. Below is excerpts from the short stories told in the video.

‘Nighttime takes place simultaneously all over the globe in a Planetarium. The earth is transformed into a dark ball with lighter parts spread over it’s surface. It reminds her of the constellations. Perhaps, light by light, we are creating a camouflage dress for night time in the star packed cosmos.

During a memorial service in a large city, thousands of birds are drawn to the two blue rays of light pointing up into the sky.The birds cannot exit the light and die in mass from exhaustion.The scenario is repeated once a year.

In an architectural firm, a light designer realizes she needs to give form to darkness in order to make her light designs visible. She thinks of a quote she once heard, ”darkness is to space what silence is to sound i.e the interval’.

In a European capital, a French artist creates what is said to be the worlds largest disco ball. It’s thousands of mirrors throw light over the city at night.The purpose is to simulate a starry sky. The earth at night is sometimes referred to as a ‘disco ball’.

Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format
Duration 00:04:53
Language English & Swedish
Color Color
Year 2011
Latest screening Apr 24, 2019
Apr 10, 2019
May 6, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
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About the artist

Katja Aglert

Katja Aglert is a Swedish artist based in Stockholm.

She works in different media such as video, sound, interventions and text. ”I often collect material for a project as a documentary process, and with the assembled material I strive to re-create and concentrate the essence, with the aim to interpret and decode it, and by that create a shift in ”reality” to make it more ambivalent, playful and dramaturgically interesting”.

Aglert exhibited internationally at Overgaden-Instute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark and at Gigantic Art Space, New York, USA. Her work has been shown in Sweden at museums and art centers including Liljevalchs konsthall, Bildmuseet Umeå, and Örebro Konsthall. She screened her work in contexts including KonstBio, Stockholm; Made in Video, Copenhagen; TRUNK/Östersund. Aglert is one of the co-founders of the web based project SQUID, hosted by Tensta konsthall, ak28, Ersta konsthall and IASPIS in Sweden; and Pro Arte Institute in Russia and Manifesta 6 in Cyprus. Previous years solo exhibitons include Polarmuseet Tromsø, Marabouparken, Biologiska Museet och Kabinett – Stockholm among many others.