Film screening and artist talk with Marte Aas


13.10.19

We proudly present three different films of Norwegian artist Marte Aas, which investigate in different ways ideas about the future, how technology influences our self-perception, and what it means to be human. The screening is followed by an artist talk between Aas and Susanne Østby Sæther (Curator for photography and new media at Henie Onstad Art Centre).

Program

We will be screening the following three films:

Francine was a Machine (2019, 13 min)

The film takes the myth of the philosopher René Descartes and his mechanical daughter as a point of departure to examine what happens with our self-understanding and worldview when technology makes it possible or necessary to erase the division between man and machine.

I am the Weather (2018, 12 min)

The film investigates the connections between the weather, metaphors taken from the natural world and our digital reality. With Munch´s iconic painting The Scream as a starting point, the film takes us on a speculative journey through the infrastructure we take most for granted; the weather.

What I Miss About People, and What I Don't Miss About People (2017, 10 min)

This film depicts a future world where people are gone and where a lone dog describes what she misses and what she does not miss with people. The dog moves around in a deserted rock landscape where she has settled for unknown reasons. This landscape, with small traces of human activity, suggests a disaster that has wiped out all of civilization, while hinting at human exploitation of natural resources as a possible cause of the disaster. However, the dog does not appear to be affected, it talks about extremely prosaic things as it traverses around the quarry.

About the artist

Marte Aas (born in 1966) is a Norwegian photographer and artist. Aas' main area of interest is the intersection between contemporary image culture, technology and landscape. Her work attempts to address underlying structures and gestures that form political and ideological narratives.