In a hyper connected world we are living between various places. To escape reality, we travel into transnational dream-world spaces. Caged in square concrete blocks, we are yearning for romantic landscapes and augment our world to improve our sad big city life. We search the exit for our inner nature and we hope, some day, the separating screen will turn into a door opening us a new way.

Michael Szpakowski: Stavanger Street View 05’00 min

Nuno Rodrigues de Sousa: Intermediate Space 04’35 min

Anders Elsrud Hultgreen: Evighetens Avkom (The Perpetual Progeny) 14’00 min

Michael Szpakowski (UK): Stavanger Street View | Video| 5’00 min | 2013

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Google Street View can conjure a strange but vivid sense of presence in a distant, unknown place. In Stavanger’s twin-town Harlow, Michael Szpakowski created remotely a scrolling descriptive poetry about the city of Stavanger: an outsider giving an account of the town gleaned from online tools but with the peculiar intimacy afforded by those tools. It is moving image, albeit minimal, but it also recalls the case of the child who said it preferred radio to television because ‘the pictures are better’.
http://www.michaelszpakowski.org/stavanger_street_view_preview.mov

Nuno Rodrigues de Sousa (PT): Intermediate Space | animation| 4’35 min | 2009/2013

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“Intermediate Space” addresses the frustration caused by the absence of a view and its accompanying luminosity. The installation of a slide projector allows for the creation of a series of optic landscape fictions illuminating the window rectangle. The presentation of these images implies an action by the viewer who is off-screen and operates the slide projector. The viewpoint is that of someone placed at the exact point in space at which the window neatly frames the projected images.
https://vimeo.com/60599865

Anders Elsrud Hultgreen (NO) | Evighetens Avkom (The Perpetual Progeny) | 14’00 min| 2013

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Evighetens Avkom (The Perpetual Progeny) is a circular film, a description of two parallel landscapes. A being`s journey through a landscape beyond nature; a landscape parallel to the visible world. The video is part of a project to explore the concept of landscape and the narrative. By juxtaposing and re-contextualizing the film material of a landscape, footage from different geographic places, the artist aims to achieve an abstract dimension, reaching an experience of a universal geological landscape. The film material is collected through his fieldwork and various research trips.

‘Evighetens Avkom’ is a project commissioned by BEK – Bergen centre for electronic arts, in collaboration with the Screen City Festival.

Here an interview by Piya Wanthiang with Anders Elsrud Hultgreen during the working process:
http://www.bek.no/projects

Pedersgata street and Nytorget is an important focus of the urban development being a ”bridge” between Stavanger City Center and the growing east side. It is still consisting of several empty spaces facing future transformations. The Screen Passage project aims to explore the area, presenting video art in shop windows along this route. Through several screenings and installations, following different themes, we hope to highlight a sensitive approach of revitalizing this area.