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Vague Research Studios

The film “Ritual” is an experimental documentary that explores the greed for energy as a social phenomenon, and employs ritual as an artistic method. It has been filmed in eleven locations in Sweden: Burseryd, Kinnekulle, Sandviken, Hofors, Grängesberg, Njakafjäll, Meselefors, Kallak, Ligga, Messaure and Jokkmokk with a focus on extraction of energy and raw materials in relation to an increasing dependence on digital technologies. Rituals were conducted in each place, resulting in a “road movie,” that explores energy shortage in Sweden from a unique perspective. The filmmakers chose to highlight how life in urban centers is dependent on nature and the people living in sparsely-populated communities in Sweden. The result is a meditative journey of hope and renewal, and a poignant reminder of how consumption is destroying this world. The film was shot with both digital and hand-powered 16mm cameras. Vegetation found growing at the sites was used to create images (phytograms) directly on the film’s emulsion. The soundtrack of music and ambient sounds are made explicitly for the film, and it has a Swedish voice-over with English subtitles. 

Keywords Experimental
Prod. format 16mm & Generic SD-video
Duration 00:55:00
Language Swedish
Color Color+bw
Sound Stereo
Year 2022
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About the artist

 Vague Research Studios

The film has been created by Vague Research Studios, which consists of the artists Kajsa G Eriksson, Lena Berglin, and Maria Magnusson. The music is created by and in collaboration with the composer and sound artist Klara Andersson and it is her voice we hear in the voice-over. The graphic form of the film is created by and in collaboration with the graphic designer Milena Karlsson. The film is produced with the support of Kulturbryggan.