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Hekate Rising
Åsa Ersmark

In a pine forest loaded with mushrooms, an encounter with the goddess Hekate emerges. In a moonlit bed inspired by the moon scene in Les Amants by Louis Malle the meaning of a woman’s beauty is transformed. The only actor in the film is asleep, dreamed of, outdoors on a dreamy meadow. In an image-driven tribute to analog film, poetry and psychedelia the Goddess Hekate is evoked. A psychedelic love story about eternal love originating from a feminine and prehistoric power. The voice in the film utilizes desire and ASMR-technic (autonomous sensory meridian response), a seductiveness normally described as female, which is mostly allowed to exist and express itself in relation to a traditional cis male desire. Instead of giving pleasure on request the voice expresses its erotic power to invoke the Goddess Hekate.

English title Hekate Rising
Keywords Power, Body
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format 16mm
Duration 00:12:40
Language English
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2018
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About the artist

Åsa Ersmark

Born in 1981 in Stockholm, Sweden, where she is still based.

Åsa Ersmark is an artist and filmmaker whos’ work explores concepts of freedom and sexuality, as well as the unconscious and its place in a patriarchal consumption-driven age. She works with film, installation, photography, painting, and the human body. She received her MFA and BFA from The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.

Her work has been exhibited at The Modern Museum in Stockholm, Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden, Microscope Gallery, New York, Färgfabriken in Stockholm, Clark House Initiative in Bombay and Tribeca Film Festival. She has received grants from The Swedish Film Institute, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and been an artist in residence at the Banff Center (Canada), I-Park (USA) and SÍM (Iceland). In 2017-2018 she was a studio grant holder at Iaspis, Stockholm.