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Nils Agdler

Retardation is the second short film in the Male Nature Studies series. The first film, Rebirth, was produced in 2018 and is also distributed by Filmform. In these films, Nils Agdler examines alternative approaches to what is popularly called ”toxic masculinity”. In today’s society, it has a great impact as a negative male role model, which could be expressed as a desire to constantly compete against and to dominate, both other people and the non-human.

Retardation takes its starting point in the emerging research field “Ecological masculinities”, which is influenced by masculinities politics, deep ecology, ecological feminism and feminist care theory. ”The Great Acceleration” gained momentum in the 1950s with the Western man at the wheel. The growth curves turned sharply upwards and so did, and still do, the human impact on the biosphere. But what if this man begins to see himself as a small part of nature instead of striving to “conquer” it? What if he abandons the pursuit of status and the ever-expanding claims to power? What if he slows down and throws his paralyzing yoke? Is he still a Man then?

In Retardation, Nils Agdler visualizes ideas of another future man – the resigned man, the regressed man, the liberated man, and possibly – the last man.

The film is also available in a looped version, which in an exhibition context can be screened in the form of an installation, preferably in combination with Rebirth.

Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format
Duration 00:04:44
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2022
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About the artist

Nils Agdler

Nils Agdler (b.1969) is a Swedish visual artist and filmmaker. He received a MFA from Konstfack in Stockholm, followed by studies in fine arts at Valand Academy in Gothenburg. Agdler is interested in contemporary social and visual phenomena, representation and history, environmental issues, posthumanism and colonialism, primarily working with photography and film. With the artist Timo Menke he has produced short films and installations such as Fugitives from the Fields (2005), Gifted Men (2015) and Brothers to Sisters (2018). Over the past 20 years, he has worked on issues that concern men and masculinities. Most recently, the short films Rebirth (2018) and Retardation (2021), both parts of the ongoing series Male Nature Studies. His work has been shown at museums such as The 5th Moscow Biennale, Ostrale Biennale O21 in Germany, Pori Art Museum in Finland. Recently also at festivals such as Très Court International Film Festival, Sidney World Film Festival and Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.