Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation
This conversation is done in connection to the screening program with films by the artists at 11.00
ESTER MARTIN BERGSMARK is an artist, filmmaker and PhD candidate in artistic research at Stockholm university of the arts. Bergsmark works with different genres and formats (with a passion for seeing their interdependent relationships and manifestations) and in close collaboration with other artists. Films include the feature film Something must break (2014, IFFR Tiger Award) and She male snails (2012), both in collaboration with Eli Levén. In 2009, Bergsmark made Fruitcake (with Sara Kaaman) as part of the experimental feminist porn suite Dirty Diaries. The short film Instinct (2019), directed with Mad Kate, Marit Östberg and Adrienne Teicher, premiered at the Berlin Porn Film Festival. The doctoral project Voice under explores how desire, joy, liberation, movement are generating principles – in terms of inner, outer and collective change– as opposed to trauma, fear, frozenness, immobility.
Adina Pintilie is a filmmaker, visual artist and curator.
On the fluid border between reality, fiction and visual art, Pintilie's works emerge from decade-spanning, innovative artistic research processes, centered around intimacy, contemporary body politics and participative practices of in-depth community impact. Spanning cinema, installation, performance and virtual reality, and nurtured by trans-disciplinary inquiries, her works stand out through cutting-edge aesthetics, a bold, uncompromising exploration of the human psyche and an ongoing questioning of film language conventions. Her feature film Touch Me Not won the Golden Bear at the 2018 Berlinale and was nominated for the European Film Academy Awards, receiving critical acclaim in publications such as The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, Die Welt, Die Zeit, Sight & Sound, Télérama, Les Inrockuptibles, Indiewire and many others. It has been theatrically released internationally in over 40 countries, and screened at festivals and cultural institutions such as MoMA Museum of Modern Art New York, Toronto Film Festival, British Film Institute, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art London, BOZAR Bruxelles, Viennale etc. Pintilie's visual art project You Are Another Me – A Cathedral of the Body is currently selected at the 2022 Venice Art Biennial. Her film Don’t Get Me Wrong premiered in Locarno 2007 competition and won the Golden Dove for Best Documentary at Dok Leipzig 2007. She is a member of the European Film Academy.
Pintilie held masterclasses and lectures at institutions such as KHM Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Stockholm University of Arts, York University Toronto, National University of Drama and Film Bucharest. She also served as a jury member among others at Berlinale, Locarno, IDFA Amsterdam, Karlovy Vary, Goteborg aso.
Vika Kirchenbauer is an artist, writer and music producer based in Berlin. With particular focus on affective subject formation, she examines violence as it attaches to different forms of visibility and invisibility, and considers the ways in which subjects are implicated in and situated within institutional power structures. Most recently, comprehensive solo exhibitions of Kirchenbauer’s work have been presented at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf; and at Kunstverein Kevin Space, Vienna. Her films and installations have been exhibited in group shows and screenings at, among others, the Tainan Art Museum, Taiwan; the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; the Berlin International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Since 2022 she is Professor of Fine Art / Foundation Class ‘Film/Video’ at the Braunschweig University of Art.
Annika Larsson is an artist and is professor of time-based media at the HFBK Hamburg. Her work examines the entangled relationship between power, knowledge, embodiment, affect, and visuality within our digital and physical worlds. It looks into conventions and affects that structure the way we perceive, experience, and understand the relationship between images, matter, bodies, systems, and the social world. Engaged with the potential of (human and nonhuman) queer performativity, her work is interested in gestures, affects, rituals, and actions, in patterns of behavior that obscure or challenge power structures. Her works have been widely shown internationally at institutions including Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel; Fundacion la Caixa, Barcelona; Le Magasin, Grenoble; Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg; ICA-Institute of Contemporary Art, London; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; S.M.A.K., Ghent; and Musac, Lyon. She has participated in biennials such as the 49th Venice Biennial, the 8th Istanbul Biennial, and the 6th Shanghai Biennial, among others. Larsson lives and works in Berlin. Since 2018 she has led the artistic research project “Non-knowledge, Laughter and the Moving Image,” funded by the Swedish Research Council and done in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and the HFBK Hamburg.