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Ten new love songs
BY
Annika Ström

Ten New Love Songs was first shown at Vienna secession in summer 1999. In the main space I had a big box built and painted as an ice landscape. The walls, roof and floor inside the box were of wood and there was a bench to sit down on (Sauna style). At the opening of the exhibition I had a concert with the soundtrack, simply sitting on a chair and with a small synthesizer. A vinyl and a catalogue was produced.

By letting other people sing the sentimental songs about lost love, and by then giving the comfort to keep distance to a sad subject, make it pop, this film depicts certain everyday issues, along with love emotions. The uncle showing us around in his apartment where he sits in his house doing different things of activities, dogs and cats behaviour, a man in New York dancing with a doll edited with the beauty of a snow landscape at Spitsbergen, a place far up north where the artist had a residency for six weeks 1999.

Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:22:00
Language English & Swedish
Color Color
Year 1999
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About the artist

Annika Ström

Born in Helsingborg, Sweden in 1964. Lives and works in London, UK.

Annika Ström received her education at the Copenhagen art academy between 1991 and 1997. She works mainly with videos which come accompanied by her own soundtracks; with these soundtracks, she’s given several concerts and recorded three LP’s. Annika Ström’s videos deal with themes taken from her immediate surroundings, such as personal everyday habits and social conduct, often presented in a documentary format, mixed with herself acting out monologues or songs.

Recent years exhibitions include The gallery, Vijay Patel Building, Leicester, AK Dolven, Lofoten, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, CAAC, Seville, Jönköping Konsthal among many others.

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