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.
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. Read more about the ticket types and prices here
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.
The Nest Collective― Artist
Founded in 2012, the Nest Collective has created works in film, music, fashion, visual arts and literature, such as the critically-acclaimed queer anthology film Stories of Our Lives, which has so far screened in over 80 countries and won numerous awards. In 2013, the Nest Collective also founded HEVA—Africa’s first creative business fund of its kind—to strengthen the livelihoods of East Africa’s creative entrepreneurs. In 2018, the Nest Collective founded the Strictly Silk program—a dance party and multimedia space that centres joy, safety and community for women and non-binary people of all origins, faiths and generations.
Our work—being born in Nairobi—makes strongest reference to African urban and contemporary experiences, establishing this as our primary datum for inquiry on our histories and reflections about possible futures. While our work often responds to and is aware of interconnected issues at a global scale, we primarily address Kenyan young men and women, and are excited when the work speaks to other audiences.
Kristoffer Gansing― Moderator
Kristoffer Gansing is professor of Artistic Research at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen where he since 2020 directs a transdisciplinary center for artistic research (The International Center for Knowledge in the Arts). Previously, Gansing was artistic director of the transmediale festival for art and digital culture in Berlin, directing nine editions from 2012 to 2020. Through his research, curatorial activity and writing, Gansing develops transversal and post-digital perspectives and methodologies that aim to both situate and transform cultural practices. He is particularly interested in moving beyond representational forms in favour of a humble epistemology of agency and socio-cultural change through artistic forms and practices as situated, enacted and performative knowledge.