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John Skoog

The shadow of a tall and hunched man moves around a labyrinthine full of bookcases, video tapes and plastic bags – like a modern Max Schreck who is restlessly looking for something that has been lost forever. John Skoog’s interpretation of ‘Nosferatu’ is a (self-)portrait of the Swedish artist Richard Vogel, whom Skoog collaborated on the film with. The recently deceased Vogel lived a quiet life dedicated to accumulating hours of videotaped television shows, collecting cameras and printing slogans on washed out t-shirts. He was an obsessively productive anti-artist and a documentarian of the invisible and obsolete margins of the welfare state. But It doesn’t make much sense to speak of the work of Richard Vogel. We can never be sure what really went on in the mind of the silhouette that looms around between cardboard boxes containing a life’s work in the labyrinth of his apartment in Nosferatu. Who are you? Can you hear us?

Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format VHS
Duration 00:23:00
Language No dialogue
Color Color+bw
Sound Stereo
Year 2017
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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.