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It Cannot be Contained
Marte Aas

Blood is the body fluid in humans (and other animals) that transports nutrients and oxygen to the cells and metabolic waste products away from the cells. Throughout history, blood has had great concrete and symbolic meaning, – blood is a symbol of the human life force and soul, at the same time it is also a liquid associated with death, violence, and division. Blood pulses through myths, religion, literature, art and science, and is constantly given new meanings and interpretations. Blood is both a life-giving serum, a commodity, a symbol, and a chemical substance, that together shape and contain the human body. By introducing certain conceptual leakages into these categories, It Cannot be Contained seeks to visualize a leaking ephemeral subject, that posits the body as everything but a self-contained autonomous entity. The film interweaves both mythical, historical, political, and scientific stories on blood into a poetic-documentary meditation on this substance and its magical and concrete connotations.

Keywords Body, Dance , Documentary, Essay, Experimental, Queer, Society
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:32:00
Language English
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2023
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About the artist

Marte Aas

Marte Aas (b. 1966, NO) is a photographer and film maker based in Oslo. Aas’ main area of interest is the intersection between contemporary image culture, history, technology and the landscape. Her work attempts to address underlying structures and gestures that form political and ideological narratives. The different subjects of interest manifest in the form of films, photographs and installations, folding them into non-linear and layered narratives.

The starting point for her works is often a story present in contemporary or historical material, which is being processed through research into different formats and media, although strongly grounded in a photographic practice. Photography’s material aspects, the connection between sign and signifier, and the representational aspects of photography is thus also investigated and processed in her art.

Aas is educated at The School of Photography at The University of Gothenburg the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Her films and art works have been shown in film festivals and exhibitions such as The film Society Lincoln Center and Anthology Film Archive, New York and EMAF, Osnabrueck as well as The National Museum of Art, Oslo, Henie Onstad kunstsenter, Kunstnernes hus, Oslo, Kiasma, Helsinki and Photographic Center, Copenhagen.