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Casting Arnljot 1.1
Lene Berg

Casting Arnljot is part of a larger project in which Lene Berg explores the life and destiny of her father, the director and writer Arnljot Berg (1931-1982), and their relationship.In Casting Arnljot four professional male actors discuss and interpret the character of Arnljot Berg during a casting-session, based on a few texts and a monologue written by Lene Berg. As they each interpret Berg’s text, they deliver the same lines in their own varying style and thus attempt to give a voice and a body to a man who is long dead. The variations in their interpretations delivered to a casting agent gives us both comical and painful glimpses into a complicated man and his relationship with his daughter.

Casting Arnljot was first shown during Lene Berg’s Festival Exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall 2022 and exists both as a four-channel video installation and as a short film.

Keywords Personal, Characters, Drama, Performance
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:09:38
Language Norwegian
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2023
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About the artist

Lene Berg

Lene Berg, born 1965, is a Norwegian film director and visual artist based in Berlin and Oslo. Her main media is film and moving image, but her artistic praxis also includes installation, collage, photography, and text; and she has produced a number of projects in public space. She studied film at Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm and has directed four independently produced feature films as well as a number of short films and mixed-media artworks and installations for galleries, museums, and public spaces.  Berg’s autobiographical film False Belief  premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2019 and was nominated for the Amnesty and Teddy Award. She represented Norway in the 55th Venice Biennale with the film Dirty Young Loose (2013). In 2022 she did the Festival Exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, which is considered the most important solo presentation of a Norwegian artist in the country. In 2023 she published her first novel, Fra far/From father at Kolon.

Berg’s work has been shown at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter; Konsthall C, Stockholm; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Art in General, New York. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions and biennales such as Manifesta; the Biennale of Sydney; the Taipei Biennial; Contour Mechelen and Transmediale Berlin.