With Alan Currall, Kajsa Dahlberg, Ane Hjort Guttu and The Nest Collective
On Saturday the screening is followed by a conversation with Kajsa Dahlberg and Ane Hjort Guttu, moderated by Kristoffer Gansing
Time management is key to capitalist production. With the binding of labour as a resource to ideas of ever-greater efficiency, the motions of human beings set to the rhythm of the clock revolutionised the factory of the industrial age. The machine, however, never tires, and offers maximum force and precision. Consequently, automated systems have rendered much human labour obsolete — or displaced it. The exploitation of delivery drivers in today’s bustling e-commerce industry, for instance, has been compared to modern slavery. Processes of optimisation deployed for centuries to regulate the body are increasingly entering areas of society, such as education, that weren’t traditionally defined solely in economic means. Travelling from Scandinavia to Kenya, this short film programme combines historical analysis, artistic docu-fiction and satire to reflect contemporary working conditions and value creation as well as the materiality of our digital future.
United Kingdom 1995, 6 minutes 30 seconds
Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force
Sweden 2015, 40 minutes
Ane Hjort Guttu
Norway 2020, 27 minutes
We Need Prayers: This One Went to Market
The Nest Collective
Kenya 2017, 5 minutes
What else is on these days?
See the Thursday and Saturday timetables to visit the other programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day). With the passes you can also visit the festival exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and Steenweg 26.
Alan Curral― Artist
Alan Currall (United Kingdom) started making video works of his wryly humorous monologues and performances in the early 1990s, exploring themes around representation, perception, knowledge, belief and the limitations of language. Currall’s practice evolved through a range of lens-based media including large-scale projections and computer-based interactive pieces. His art, which has been shown widely around the world, won the inaugural Jerwood Platform Award in 2002, and was short-listed for the Beck's Futures Prize in 2003. Currall teaches at the Department of Sculpture and Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art, and on the MLitt Post Graduate Programme. He lives and works in the rural Scottish region of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.
Kajsa Dahlberg― Artist
Kajsa Dahlberg (Sweden) lives and works in Oslo, Norway. Her current work looks at ways in which nonhuman modes of life are embedded in visual culture, and how film, as an apparatus, holds the capacity to discover perspectives other than those of humans. She received her MFA at the Art Academy in Malmö in 2003 and was a studio fellow at the Whitney Program in New York in 2007-08. Dahlberg’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Parra & Romero in Madrid, and Lunds Konsthall. Her contributions to museums and biennials include works for Moderna Museet Stockholm, Malmö Art Museum, 8 Bienal do Mercosul, Manifesta 8 and GIBCA 2019. Dahlberg is currently undertaking a PhD at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.
Ane Hjort Guttu― Artist
Ane Hjort Guttu (Norway) is an artist living in Oslo. She works in a variety of media, but has in recent years mainly concentrated on film and video, ranging from investigative documentary to poetic fiction. Her work often analyses power and the manner in which it unfolds in contexts such as schools, the urban landscape or cultural institutions. A recurrent theme in Guttu ́s practice is the political potential of art and artists. Guttu is active as a curator and writer, and she is a professor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.