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John Skoog

Federsee presents us with a tangible, ethnographic portrait of a ritual in a disenchanted world. The unmasked face of a participant sitting inside a public bus appears to be ethnology in the most graphic sense of the term. In this film Skoog shows us that he is a camera man. The ethnographic material formed by the camera provides unlimited variation: It should not be reduced to any dogmatic formula; academic or artistic. Indeed, it cannot be reduced to dogma since nothing can explain away everything. This multiplicity of the cinematographic image seems to be at once its great impenetrability and the source of its greatest strength.

Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:08:04
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2013
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About the artist

John Skoog

John Skoog (b.1985 Kvidinge) graduated from the Städelschule-Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Frankfurt in 2012.
His work has been shown at film festivals and art museums around the world, for example: the Berlin International Film Festival, Moderna Museet and Index Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm, Museum of the Moving Image & PS1 MOMA in New York, IDFA, London Film Festival, True/False, MuMoK: Modern Museum in Wien, Rotterdam International Film Festival and the MMK: Modern Museum in Frankfurt am Main. In 2013 he won the Ars-Viva preis and 2014 the Baloise Art Prize. His first feature film Säsong/Ridge won CPH:DOX 2019. John has been the professor of film at the Art Academy in Mainz since 2016.