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.
Brothers to Sisters: Välimiehet Performing “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” BY Nils Agdler & Timo Menke
Brothers to Sisters is an ongoing series of choir works, initially produced in collaboration with the Porin Mies-Laulu male choirs in Pori, Finland. A male choir version of Annie Lennox’s and D. A. Stewart’s Sisters Are Doin’ it for Themselves (1985) is performed by the Välimiehet choir: the younger male generation reflects changes in gender roles and masculinity, insofar as the paragon of masculinity has been the role of the man as the family’s breadwinner.
Brothers to Sisters: Välimiehet Performing “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves”
Nils Agdler (b.1969) is a Swedish visual artist and filmmaker. He received a MFA from Konstfack in Stockholm, followed by studies in fine arts at Valand Academy in Gothenburg. Agdler is interested in contemporary social and visual phenomena, representation and history, environmental issues, posthumanism and colonialism, primarily working with photography and film. With the artist Timo Menke he has produced short films and installations such as Fugitives from the Fields (2005), Gifted Men (2015) and Brothers to Sisters (2018). Over the past 20 years, he has worked on issues that concern men and masculinities. Most recently, the short films Rebirth (2018) and Retardation (2021), both parts of the ongoing series Male Nature Studies. His work has been shown at museums such as The 5th Moscow Biennale, Ostrale Biennale O21 in Germany, Pori Art Museum in Finland. Recently also at festivals such as Très Court International Film Festival, Sidney World Film Festival and Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.
Timo Menke was born in Germany, and lives and works in Sweden since 1988. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm in 1999. Between 2004 and 2014 he has been teaching as Senior lecturer at the department of art at Konstfack, Stockholm. He is also engaged at the Filmform foundation, the Art Film and Video Archive, in Stockholm, dealing with archiving and distribution of film and video art.