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The Sun to me is Dark
Lina Selander & Oscar Mangione

This animation highlights the technological remnants of what is left behind. It is asimplistic creation consisting of color and rhythm. It incorporates X-ray images,figures from Pompeii, and footage of a turtle in Syria. This creation story symbolizesthe ability to generate something new and release it, akin to a primordial soup ofpixels. The animation emphasizes the constant act of looking, viewing, perceiving,and receiving images. It portrays the relationship between the photographictechnique, the apparatus itself, “the machine,” and the complexities of distortion inperception and imagination. The film was created using a broken special effectsmachine from the 1990s, resulting in the destruction, overexposure, underexposure,abstraction, and, ultimately, in the freedom of the material.

Prod. format
Duration 00:08:30
Color Color
Year 2023
Latest screening May 3, 2024
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About the artists

Lina Selander

Lina Selander

Lina Selander (b. 1973) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Lina Selander’s films and installations can be read as compositions or thought models, where ideas and conditions are weighed and tested. She examines the relationships between memory and perception, photography and film, language and image. The precise, rhythmic editing and use of sound create their own temporality and a strong inner pressure. Selander’s oeuvre recurrently explores a fascination for the phenomena and technologies that make images possible, thereby enabling history to be documented. Montage is used in the films to juxtapose images, while entailing a potential loss of content. Image meets text in a flow where meaning arises from the ostensibly unrelated, like echoes through and between the works. Selander’s works constitute a dense archive of observations, occasionally in dialogue with other films, art or literature. Their subject matters often stem from historic or ideological junctions, where one system or physical place collapses and something new begins to emerge.

Selander’s work has been shown at Kunst Haus Wien, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London; Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; VOX – Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montréal and in international group shows such as Venice Biennale 2015; Kyiv Biennale 2015; Seoul Media City Biennale 2014; Manifesta 2012 in Genk, Belgium; Bucharest Biennale 2010; and at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Oscar Mangione

Oscar Mangione