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Summer Night on the Beach

Film cabaret and artist talk: Kirsten Astrup and Maria Bordorff
Wednesday 19.05.21
Astrup Bordorff 10 Foto Mads Hoppe

Social life in inter-war Oslo staged as a theatrical film cabaret about urban development - join us for this live broadcast of Summer Night by the Beach! The screening will be introduced by curator Tominga Hope O'Donnell and followed by a conversation with the filmmakers.

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Words of welcome by Kunstnernes Hus Cinema

Introduction by Tominga Hope O'Donnell (curator for Munchmuseet on the Move)

Screening: Summernight by the Beach (2020, 26 min)

Artist talk between Kirsten Astrup, Maria Bordorff and the LEO Youth Film Club members Naomi Svalastog and Cecilie Tronvoll

About the film

The artist duo Astrup & Bordorff has visited 1930s Oslo in a performative adaptation of a popular open-air bath with an accompanying cabaret stage by the fjord. Created as a theatrical backdrop in a film studio, Astrup & Bordorff have staged a series of stylised tableaux, which connect the popular with the more marginalised across past, present and future. From an opera performance on a cruise ship to a romantic encounter between two roller skiers in Oslo’s Ekebergskogen forest, the film includes drag artists, professional actors and amateurs performing side by side under a tropical, ominous, orange sky, which is otherwise foreign to Norway – and which is reminiscent of Fassbinder’s queer cinema monument Querelle. The place actually existed until 1946, when it burned down, and is today the subject of intense gentrification. The work was commissioned by the Munch Museum and is named after one of Munch’s paintings.

About the filmmakers

Kirsten Astrup & Maria Bordorff officially became a duo in 2018 after collaborating for several years. Working in an interdisciplinary field of film, music and performance, they have made film cabarets their primary form of expression. Currently, Astrup & Bordorff are working on the last chapter in a trilogy about the Danish welfare society and the loss of common values. Their works have been shown in various museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Munch Museum, ARKEN and Holstebro Art Museum. Together, they have received severe awards and scholarships, and in 2020 they were shortlisted to represent Denmark at the 59th Venice Biennial.

About Borgernes Bakgårdskino

Borgernes Bakgårdskino (The Citizen’s Backyard Cinema) is a collaboration between Kunstnernes Hus Kino and the graduation exhibition Til salgs (For sale) of the Art Academy's bachelor students, which currently takes place in the Art Academy's old premises in St. Olavs gate 32 in Oslo. This culturally important building has recently been sold to a family-owned investment company, which will turn the building into a hotel. Consequently, St. Olavs gate 32 joins a number of public cultural-historical buildings, originally built to develop cultural and knowledge production that benefits the public, which are now sold on the open market. The program, which is streamed directly from the backyard, questions the anti-social urban development through films, artist talks and a panel discussion.

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