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Lina Selander & Oscar Mangione

Notes during the work with the film: Beginning with the picture on the title page of Rudbeck’s Atlantica, in which Rudbeck tears a piece off the soft earth’s crust, revealing Sweden as the sunken Atlantis, and in the same audaciously unscientific way freed from reality’s hold, in layer by layer of time and film, identities, histories and places appear and are concealed, like cities, abandoned or yet to be built: Tutankhamen’s crypt and unbroken seal, Bredäng and the grave of Caspar Hauser, the strange entrance to the old Stasi headquarters in Berlin, other places, other prisons, bound together by subterranean passages.

This little film actually would like to be understood as an act of resistance, a tentative breaking out of an order where maximum speed and movement’s hyper synchronized time cannot be expressed other than in a stagnated and timeless flickering present. Does it not feel sometimes as if we were cut off from both the past and the future? Encased by machinic processes that want to destroy us? As if the future is no longer a promise of emancipation, but rather a more or less vague threat of an approaching disaster, one that we ourselves have caused?

The uncertain hope that might counter the loss of experience and community is admittedly voiced on a stage that is other and with gestures that remain abstract – but still, with another rhythm: an alien, unknown time, incompatible, turning endlessly into itself, but that reveals itself and disappears. 

Aspect ratio 1.85:1 (Flat)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:16:18
Language Swedish
Color BW
Sound Stereo
Year 2016
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About the artists

Lina Selander

Lina Selander

Born 1973, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Lina Selander works mainly with moving images in film and video, but also with photography, text and sound. Her works are often installations where these different medias and components converge and interrelate to one another. She is interested in the image’s ability and lack of ability to reproduce time, experience and memories and she explores how different narrative forms and techniques transform and change a story. Her works investigate film as medium, examining its possibilities and limitations as form of expression, and they often raise questions about history, media archeology and authenticity.

Selander’s work has been shown at Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Moderna Museet and in international group shows, biennales and festivals, for example in the Manifesta 9 in Genk, Bucharest Biennale 2010, the Media Art Biennale in Seoul, Korea. She will represent Sweden in the next Venice Biennale 2015.

Oscar Mangione

Oscar Mangione