An Investigative Perspective

Margarida Paiva, Crispin Gurholt, Jan Freuchen, Ole Hagen, Jorunn Myklebust Syverse and Trine Lise Nedreaas. Production year 2014. Duration 1h 5m. Curated by ToftHonerud.

For the fifth year in a row, Atelier Nord presents Norwegian film and video art at the Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad. The title of this year’s program is An Investigative Perspective.

In this program we have selected film and video art that in different ways relate to cinematic narrative strategies or expressions. Some of them suggest alternative ways to use cinematic techniques; others use the narrative strategies to talk about the narrative in itself. Ole Hagen’s film, The Origin of the Universe, is a kind of scenographic spectacle where the narrative is constructed entirely without cuts, in one single long take – as opposed to the film PULSE by Trine Lise Nedreaas where cuts and rhythm are the main ingredients.

It appears that the institutional divide between visual art and the film field to some extent, is beginning to dissolve. Atelier Nord is dedicated to exploring and challenging this divide, and this program is part of that commitment. Margarida Paiva shows her video work in both art institutions and film festivals. She is the initiator and organizer of Oslo Screen Festival, an international cinema based festival of video art. In Jan Freuchen´s film Thetaville, the film’s set design and props at the same time constituted his exhibition at Fotogalleriet in Oslo. The Norwegian Short Film Festival offers a new context for this work.

There has been a tendency in recent years of visual artists specializing in film with the intention of producing films under similar conditions to filmmakers. Visual artists apply for funding from institutions both in the visual arts and film field and present their work in art institutions and film festivals alike. Jorunn Myklebust Syversen’s film Cyrk, which takes us through a day with Circus Arnardo, was premiered at the EURODOK Festival in Oslo. Cyrk will be shown in the competition program at the Norwegian Short Film Festival, as well as in this program.

Crispin Gurholt has worked on his extensive project Live Photo for many years, where he constructs a narrative, a potential story based on a single situation.. Gurholt stages this moment – like a tableaux vivant – that the audience is invited to observe. The camera rotates around this moment – not in time, which is frozen – but in the space.

The programme is part of the project Show Video Art! produced by Nina Toft, email: