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I am the dog that was always here (loop)
Annika Eriksson

This video was developed during a one-year residency in Istanbul. During this time, I did extensive research into history and city planning, with a particular emphasis on the rapid gentrification of the city. I am the dog that was always here (loop) is set in the outskirts of Istanbul, and focuses on moments of transition and marginalised experiences of time, seen through the lens of a street dog. Having been moved by the authorities to peripheral pockets outside the expanding city, the dogs are continuously moving along lines of urban redevelopment and corporate city making.

Through looping and repetition, the video relates this process to an experience of time: exploring the present as a complex gap between past and future, one in which an increasing process of erasure, also removes other registers of being and seeing. The script in this work was developed from textual material from a series of disparate sources, from science fiction, from archival material, from news and conversations forming the first-person narrative of the dog. In the work, this protagonist is temporally ambiguous, having been part of every and no time, and I was interested in a script that would shift in voice, but with my own editing and selection providing a cohesion and flow to narrative and intention. 

Keywords Animal
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:09:08
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2013
In text Annika Eriksson
Latest screening Dec 17, 2022
Nov 19, 2021
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About the artist

Annika Eriksson

Annika Eriksson is originally from Malmö and lives in Berlin since 2002. At the center of her artistic practice is an interest in social interaction: how do we live together, what kind of societies do we create, and what happens in the margins or in the transition from one social order to another? In her work, the social has always involved a key emphasis on the slippages between the one ME into others – with a return to questions of interaction and exchange, circular forms of communication, self-abnegation and empathy. Her project also engages with the relations between humans and animals; of our interdependence, slippages and connection, but also registers of violation, and the animal as a distinctively human projection surface. She has been exhibiting since the early 90s in various biennales and institutions, for example the biennales in Istanbul, Venice, Sao Paolo, Shanghai and Vienna; in institutions such as Bonner Kunstverein, Tate Liverpool, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Hayward Gallery, London and Moderna Museet, Malmö and Stockholm.