25.—28.11.2021

Swedish Experi–Mentalities 2

SU 28.11. 14:00

The combined screening and installation program Experi–Mentalities for Pori film festival 2021 is proposing an intersectional mix of circus, hideout and laboratory as a hybrid cinematic space for experimentation and experimentality. Rather than a black box, Experi-Mentalities stages closed and open spaces with a diversity of moving image works from the Swedish film region featuring illusions, prototypes and stunts, as well as failures, mishaps and dysfunctions. The experi-mental approach brings together elements of experiment and mentality in the sense of cinema as an ongoing trial and error, hypothesis and proof – from experimental procedures adopted from the natural sciences, exploratory approaches in filmmaking, and the testing of new forms of social organisation, while playing with the “experimental” as historical genre of art and film. The rationale of the institutionally controlled experiment is set against or within retinal experiments and mental explorations, confronting the all-too-known and unknown, searching for new realities, truths and futures leading to different or enigmatic forms of knowledge.

—Timo Menke

SWEDISH EXPERI-MENTALITIES AT LARGE / SVENSKA EXPERI-MENTALITETER I STORA DRAG

FRAME LINE / GUNVOR NELSON / RUOTSI / 1983 / 22:00

Frame Line is Nelson’s first collage film. The film that inaugurated her remarkable series of animated films, all made at the Filmworkshop in Stockholm. Frame Line is a reflection on Stockholm and Sweden, on Nelson’s return to her native country and a place that is both familiar and distant, both beautiful and ugly at the same time. Frame Line begins with images and glimpses of Stockholm that Nelson has collected, this audio-visual material develops into new image work in which animation becomes a way of discovering, alternating between randomness and structure.

NOTHING IS LEFT TO TELL / EMANUEL ALMBORG / RUOTSI / 2011 / 28:00

Nothing is Left to Tell is the title of both a film and social experiment. In the summer of 2010, Almborg and a group of eleven strangers of varying ages and backgrounds traveled to a small, uninhabited island off the coast of Sweden. Their mission was to collaboratively build a wooden structure without plans or blueprints and while on the island they would not communicate using spoken or written language. Three individuals in the group were responsible for documenting the process, however, their task was similarly governed by rules: they could film no more than 30 minutes of activity per day. The resulting film explores the limits of language and the relationship between communication and community.