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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds
Crystal Beacon:
Lena Bergendahl & Jennifer Rainsford & Rut Karin Zettergren

The futuristic fiction Applied Theories of Expanding Minds follows the everyday lives of the people in a new tribe that was formed just after the Chinese had left Kenya. They live together in Lucky Summer Estates, on the outskirts of Nairobi. In a society that is in a vacuum-like state, still under Chinese influence, but in a state of insurrection where organization is random.

The tribe organize themselves by experimenting with creating their own system of living. Their system is based on collecting and decoding the changes in the Earth’s magnetic fields, data that they use as a base for their rituals and ceremonies. Just like many peoples lives lives are affected by the rise and decline of the stock-market, the tribe choose the sound from the changes in the Earth’s magnetic field to run their lives.

The piece exists in two versions, as a short film of 33 minutes and as a video installation with eight films of fifteen minutes each.

English title Applied Theories of Expanding Minds
Keywords Documentary, Sound, Landscape
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:33:00
Language Chinese & English & Swahili
Color Color
Year 2011
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About the artists

Lena Bergendahl

Lena Bergendahl

Lena Bergendahl (b. 1982, SE) is an artist and filmmaker who completed her MFA at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2010. She works mainly with short film and video installations that investigate the origin of images and the relationship between humans and technology from geological, historical and scientific perspectives. Fictitious scenarios are mixed with documentary and archival material in installations that combine video, sculpture and sound.

Her works have recently been shown at Vermilion Sands, Copenhagen, DK (2022), Galleri Format, Malmö, SE (2021), Celsius Projects, Malmö, SE (2019), Lunds Konsthall, Lund, SE (2018), Swedish Television (2018) and at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands (2017).

Jennifer Rainsford

Jennifer Rainsford

Jennifer Rainsford, born 1982 in Stockholm, is an artist and director based in Stockholm and Paris. With a strong visual ability and willingness to challenge prevailing conventions in documentary film, art and television, she has since 2008 made several short films and documentaries shown at film festivals, art galleries, and on TV. In 2010 Jennifer graduated from the Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Stockholm where she studied Fine Arts and has also studied scriptwriting at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, SADA.

Since 2011 she has worked as a journalist and documentary filmmaker at the cult TV- show Tracks on Arte in Paris. For the show she has directed and produced short documentaries about music, film, art and future technologies in East Africa, United States, Europe and China. She is the founder and member of the art and film production collective Crystal Beacon and her movies has been screened at festivals like Oberhausen, Belinale, Rotterdam and CPH:DOX.

Rut Karin Zettergren

Rut Karin Zettergren

Rut Karin Zettergren born 1984 in Gothenburg is an artist who works with film, video installations and performance. She holds a MFA from Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and has studied art at Makere University in Uganda and ISA in Cuba.

Rut Karin is a member of the artist groups Crystal Beacon, Osäkerhetsprincipen and 0s+1s Collective. Her work focuses on questions about the technological development from feminist and futuristic perspectives, the influence of the Internet on popular cultures and historical events that shaped contemporary culture.

Rut Karin has shown works in institutions as Mänttä Festival, Sinne,Titanic (FI), Barbican Centre, FACT Centre , Arnolfini (UK) Oberhausen Int. Film Festival, Taiwan Int. Video Art Exhibition (TW), Impakt Festival, Rotterdam Int. Film Festival (NL), Havana Biennale (CU), West Space (AU), Göteborgs Konsthall, Tensta Konsthall, Gotlands Konstmuseum and Södertälje Konsthall (SE).