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John Skoog

Förår gives a portrait of the violence inherent in the most common industrial machinery and technological instruments. No technology is devoid of agency. Here, Skoog’s case in point is the everyday use of hunting rifles. The film follows the rifle as an agent in itself and its life in the hands of local citizens in a Swedish village. This hurls us back to the very birth of cinema. In the 1880s the French physiologist Etienne-Jules Marey invented a chronophotographic gun with which he captured birds in flight. The fired gun contained 12 glass plates with the continuous movement of birds across the sky. The metaphor of “shooting” a film is not really a metaphor at all.

Förår is loosely based on the news-story about an 11-year old German girl that a few years ago stole her fathers hunting rifle and paraded down main-street in the small town she lived in.
Things happened but its hard to remember exactly the right order, how you got to one place from another, what someone said. The title loosely translates from Swedish as the season ‘Spring’. An old-Swedish word, not used anymore, Förår is connected to the seasons in farming. Fore-year, Harvest-year and After-year: Spring, Summer and Autumn/Winter. The connotation of the Swedish word can be more foreboding than its Anglicized counter-part. Akin to the feeling that something is to happen but one cannot yet see it. 

Aspect ratio 2.39:1
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:17:00
Language Swedish
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2012
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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.