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July: Video Space

Film still, Nina Toft, In Solidum (2010)

Film still, Nina Toft, In Solidum (2010)

Film still, Nina Toft, In Solidum (2010)

A monthly programme of films in our first floor Video Space.


27 June – 15 July 2012

Admission free / Running throughout normal opening hours


Who Controls the Controller? 
A selection of Norwegian artist videos curated by Natalie Hope O’Donnell. The title of this video programme is taken from one of the questions posed in Pushwagner’s Soft City graphic novel. Various artists explore the idea of truth as perpetuated by media and how humans adapt to electronic surveillance in various forms. How individuals can protest against faceless authority through different means – ranging from the practical to the bizarre – and the role of the artist within contemporary life are some of the other issues that this video programme raises.


Trine Lise Nedraas's, Stalking Head (2007)
video (5.07 min)

Found footage of a TV personality is taken and juxtaposed with heavy breathing. The sound and the motion of the camera transforms the figure of authority into a creepy vision of corrupted power. 


Lars Laumann's Morrissey Foretelling the Death of Diana (2006)
video (16 min)

Tracks on the Smiths' 1986 Album The Queen Is Dead are analysed in this video to show how Morrissey – aided by extra-terrestrial forces – foretold the death of Princess Diana. The story is told through archival images overlaid with music and textual analysis of the lyrics.  


Jan Freuchen, If You Destroy the Image, You´ll Destroy the Thing Itself' (2008)
video (6.30 min)

Freuchen explores the role and popular perception of the artist through the recreation of a scene from John Frankenheimer’s film Seconds (1966) , with actors drawn from the Norwegian art scene. After total plastic surgery, the lead character forges a new identity as an artist – the painter Mr Wilson – complete with art school diplomas, a studio and a budding career.


Marianne Heier, Three Months’ Work (2010)
video (8.34 min)

The artist is shown explaining her reason for dedicating three months, when she was due to make work for an exhibition at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, to working for the Red Cross. Taking the bombing of Gaza in 2008 as her point of departure, Heier explores the role of artist in society and the sense of purpose gained from the individual choices that we make.


Sverre Gullesen’s Burning Pants (2007)
video (30 sec)
Gullesen’s video records the artist’s early performance with pyrotechnics and shows a pair of white trousers suddenly catching  fire, invoking classical forms of protest with an absurdist twist.


Nina Toft, In Solidum (2010)
HDV video (9 min)

Toft uses found footage of crowds engaged in typically Norwegian activities: national day parades, skiing, running. Evocative of Elias Cannetti’s book Crowds and Power, Toft reveals how the convivial nature of community and national identity has ominous undertones of collective power that threatens to subsume the individual.

What is Video Space?

A changing monthly programme of films in our first floor Video Space.