17–21 December 2015

Claes Söderquist: Landskap, 1985–1987, 16mm, 36 min. Courtesy of Filmform, Stockholm
Olle Hedman: Coca Strip, 1985, 16mm, 6 min. Courtesy of Filmform, Stockholm
Ute Aurand: Junge Kiefern, 2011, 16mm, 42 min. Courtesy the artist and Arsenal, Berlin

Index and Film i Samtidskonsten present a joint series of four evenings of experimental films at Index’ gallery. The programs have been developed as an extension of the most recent issue of the cultural magazine OEI #69-70: On film, published in autumn 2015, with 496 pages about significant practices of the Swedish experimental film scene. The events are organized as part of the decentral festival Kortfilmsdagen on 21 December, supported by the Swedish Film Institute. Curated in collaboration with Martin Grennberger and Daniel A. Swarthnas, the program shows a selection of important Swedish experimental films, contextualized by works of international film practitioners. Several of the films are being shown for the first time in Sweden.

Experimental film has a rich history in Sweden, in which Viking Eggeling’s film “Diagonalsymfonin” from 1924 is often seen as a starting point. These practices do not only exist in the past, however, experiments continue until today. The film programs highlight a number of Swedish filmmakers whose work hasn’t been absorbed by the mainstream film industries. The aim is to highlight filmmakers with a poetic or personal attitude to the moving image, often violating or lacking a narrative structure. The programs include examples of lesser-known or neglected filmmakers alongside more established practitioners who in various ways have been important in Swedish experimental film, including Claes Söderquist, Gunvor Nelson, Olle Hedman and Åke Karlung.

The international films are selected to compliment the Swedish aspects of the program. The selection specifically highlights the work of international female experimental filmmakers who have worked with structural and material aspects of film. This includes physical interventions directly onto the film strip, such as chemical interventions and decomposition processors, in which material and tactility are crucial. The film strips are scratched, engraved, painted. Emulsion is lifted and placed on a new transparent film strip. Presented filmmakers are Rose Lowder, Cécile Fontaine, Frédérique Devaux, Marcelle Thirache and Ute Aurand.

During the four evenings on 17, 18, 19 and 21 December, filmmakers, writers and curators will be present and introduce the films. Since many of the presented works reflect on material processes, and analogue material conditions are of central importance in many of the contributions in OEI #69-70: On film, films are shown as much as possible in their original format as 16mm projections.

Thu 17 December 2015, 19:00: Larry Gottheim, Claes Söderquist
A program with a focus on landscapes and objects, studied with visual accuracy.

Larry Gottheim, Barn Rushes, 1971, 16mm, 36 min
Claes Söderquist, Landskap, 1985–1987, 16mm 36 min

Fri 18 December 2015, 19:00: Åke Karlung, Olle Hedman
Åke Karlung and Olle Hedman are two distinctive Swedish experimental filmmakers whose films are characterized by an almost confrontational and aggressive language, both in terms of sound and image. Eastern mysticism, escapism and criticism of civilization are combined in an unexpected way. The program is implemented with the support of the Swedish Film Institute’s Kortfilmsdagen.

Åke Karlung, Rast–Vila, 1959, 16mm, 6 min
Åke Karlung, Generalrepetition för självmord, 1963, 16mm, 3 min
Åke Karlung, Homo Ludens, 1964, 16mm, 11 min
Åke Karlung, Det värdelösa leendet, 1965, 16mm, 6 min
Åke Karlung, Alina Kadabra, 1969, 16mm, 5 min
Olle Hedman, Coca Nr1, 1979, 35mm transferred to digital video, 1 min
Olle Hedman, Amazeing Maze, 1979, 35mm transferred to digital video, 5 min
Olle Hedman & Nina Jouchims, Film no 9, 1980, 35mm transferred to digital video, 1 min
Olle Hedman, En Semiotisk Studie av ickelogiska kodifieringar i bild, 1973, 16mm, 6 min
Olle Hedman, Aforism, 1974, 16mm 5 min
Olle Hedman, Dialogue, 1975, 16mm, 5 min
Olle Hedman, Oremus, 1976, 16mm, 4 min
Olle Hedman, Metro means of coveyance, 1977, 16mm, 7 min
Olle Hedman, Phantom conception, 1978, 16mm, 4 min
Olle Hedman, Instant movie, 1979, 16mm, 1 min
Olle Hedman, Glo-babel, 1979, 16mm, 4 min
Olle Hedman, Coca Strip, 1985, 16mm, 6 min

Sat 19 December 2015, 15:00: Ute Aurand
Ute Aurand’s films are poetic comments to the flows and glimpses of her everyday. She usually edits directly in-camera, which adds to the films’ specific rhythm and movement.

Ute Aurand, Junge Kiefern, 2011, 16mm, 42 min
Ute Aurand, To Be Here, 2011, 16mm, 38 min

Mon 21 December 2015, 19:00: Rose Lowder, Cecilie Fontaine, Marcelle Thirache, Frédérique Devaux, Gunvor Nelson
The program presents works that emphasize the film’s materiality and fragility by directly manipulating and processing the individual frame. Found footage, insertions of text or emphasis of the material’s gradual disintegration become important aspects. The program is supported by the Swedish Film Institute’s Kortfilmsdagen.

Rose Lowder, Parcelle, 1979, 16mm, 3 min
Rose Lowder, Champ Provençal, 1979, 16mm, 9 min
Rose Lowder & Carl Brown, Two Pictures, 1999, 16mm, 12 min
Cecile Fontaine, Home movie, 1986, 16mm, 5 min
Marcelle Thirache, Lande, 1991, 16mm, 6 min
Marcelle Thirache, Palme d’Or, 1993, 16mm, 4 min
Marcelle Thirache, Pigmentation Secrète, 1997, 16mm, 7 min
Marcelle Thirache, Étude pour arbre seul, 1999, 16mm, 6 min
Frédérique Devaux, Film avec pellicule, 1980, 16mm, 9 min
Frédérique Devaux, Altergraphies 1, 1981, 16mm, 6 min
Gunvor Nelson, Field Study #2, 1988, 16mm, 8 min

Ticket price: 100 SEK per evening, 150 SEK for a filmpass that grants entry to all nights.
Tickets can be purchased during Index office hours and on the door one hour before the start of each screening. We accept Swish, credit cards and cash payments.

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Film i samtidskonsten is a Sweden-based film organization showing Swedish and international artists’ films. The aim is to contextualize and show recent films, to highlight historical material and to add to the discourse of film.

Four Evenings on Film is produced with the generous support of the Swedish Filminstitute. Thanks to OEI, Turbidus film and Filmform.