Amalie Smith: Clay Theory

Photo: David Stjernholm

Amalie Smith’s (1985, DK) exhibition Clay Theory at Kunsthal Aarhus is a meditation on the link between life and clay. It takes the form of a 3D movie presented in Kunsthal Aarhus’ Gallery 1, transformed for the occasion into an entirely black room fitted with a soft carpet and meditation mats. In this setting, visitors view the work through active 3D glasses that are switched on and off 120 times per second, alternating between the right and left eye.

The focal point of the film is a group of terracotta figurines: small human figures from the Cypriot Bronze Age, shaped out of reddish-brown fired clay. They can be seen on display at the Cyprus Museum, an archaeological museum in Nicosia, Cyprus. In the film, the terracotta figurines become the centre of a speculative axis that dates all the way back to the origins of life on a barren planet and extends out into a posthuman future where man-made life is a reality. Along the axis between this speculative primordial time and an imagined future, we find clay-based myths of creation emerging in all parts of the world. We also find the story of the Cypriot king Pygmalion, who carved an ivory sculpture so lifelike that she actually came alive. We have golems, homunculi, Frankenstein’s monster, cyborgs and androids. It would seem as if humanity has long held a desire for – and fear of – creating life. Perhaps we will be able to do so in the near future. If so, will we look back on the terracotta figurines as precursors of artificial life?

Cinematography, interview, editing, grading: Amalie Smith
Music and sound: Simon Brinck
Camera assistant: Vasiliki Riala
Camera assistant 2: David Stjernholm

Voices:
Minik Rosing, professor in geology at Københavns Universitet
Jacob Wamberg, professor in History of Art at Aarhus Universitet
Jeanette Varberg, archeologist and Director of Nationalmuseet, Denmark.

Clay Theory is part of the EU-funded project Excavating Contemporary Archeology, created in collaboration between Point Centre for Contemporary Art (CY), MUCEM (FR) and Air Antwerpen (BE). The production is supported by Statens KunstfondKUNSTHAL AARHUS , Point Centre for Contemporary Art (CY) og Creative Europe.

More info:

https://www.kunsthalaarhus.dk/en/Exhibitions/Amalie-Smith

https://vimeo.com/367234572

 

Jeppe Lange: The Truth About Your Feet

It’s funny how everybody seems to sympathize with the string quartet that kept playing even though the ship was going down.

And afterwards, when their bodies were hanging weightlessly. Surrounded by water for thousands of miles.

This gradual revelation that what we call the ocean is actually just the surface. 

 

Director: Jeppe Lange

Cinematography: Phillip Jørgensen

Producer: Cornelia Hyrup

Music & sound design: Simon Brinck

Drums: Hasse Bruun

Viola: Mika Persdotter

Production company: Bacon Cph

 

Funded by
DANISH ARTS FOUNDATION

 

Patricia Bbaale Bandak: Villa Villekulla

Villa Villekulla er et familieportræt af Bbaale søskendeflokken fra Uganda. Gennem samtaler og barndomslege i deres hjemstavn på Falster, oplever vi dynamikken mellem de otte søskende, og får et blik ind i en unik familiehistorie, der har været præget af lige dele glæde og traumer -- og en barndom som Bbaale børnene aldrig helt er vokset fra.

Instruktør: Patricia Bbaale Bandak
Producer: Victor Cunha
Fotograf: Loui Ladegaard
Klipper: Louis Emil Ramm Seeberg
Tonemester: Mia Terry
Production Designer: Ronja Hage Tange
Komponist: Simon Brinck
Manuskriptkonsulent: Sara Isabella Jønsson

 

Jeppe Lange: Drawings

Photo: David Stjernholm

Shots of a hand on a green leaf, a glass of wine, a cigarette being lit, French fries falling down in slow motion and other seemingly unrelated yet familiar images are repeated throughout Jeppe Lange’s film.

These are images we somehow know as they form part of our popular culture image bank, having become recognisable forms we quickly decipher as signs for something we should desire. Inserted into and interrupting this flow is footage of three women who describe their memories of an event creating a sense of uncertainty and suspense to the entire piece.

The memories of the three women overlap, but only manage to unfold into broken narratives. Despite this enigmatic atmosphere what remains seems to be cinematic images comprising an alphabet or a language, that is, the tools for producing meaning. Lange explores how this imagery works on individual and collective memory, activating both in order to accomplish a sense of coherence or completion. The piece generates a sense of searching, as if trying to recreate something in your head that happened long ago.

 

Director: Jeppe Lange

Music: Ole Buck, Simon Brinck

Sound design: Jamie Louis Thurman

Cinematographer: Valdemar Leisner

Producer: Cornelia Hyrup

Post production: Bacon X

Production company: Bacon Cph

 

Gilbert Gordon: Champagne

Photo: David Stjernholm

Video installation

Group exhibition, Charlottenborg Art hall, Afgang 2019, MFA degree show. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art

Cast: Josephine Park, Ronni Morgenstjerne, Cassi Augusta Johnnysdóttir, Esra Shami, Esben Weile Kjær, Maji Claire, Helene Bette, Jacob Gordon

Cinematography: Mathias Døcker, Balthazar Hertel

B-photography: Sebastian Nieport, Kasper Weng & Jonathan Damborg

Editing: Laurits Flensted

Colorgrade: Mathias Døcker

Composer: Simon Brinck

Sound Design: Emil Woxen

Coreograf: Ronni Morgenstjerne

3D: Wang & Söderström,

Stylist: Sebastian Zal Filsoof

 

 

Jeppe Lange: Laws of Motion

Winner of Silver Screen Young Director Award in Cannes, 2018.

Director: Jeppe Lange
Production Company: Bacon A/S -- Bacon CPH on Vimeo.
Producer: Laura Valentiner-Bohse
Music: Simon Brinck and Adi Zukanovic.

Simon Brinck -- Klode

iTunes (Apple Music)
Spotify
Tidal

Composed, mixed and produced by Simon Brinck
Mastering: ET Mastering
Artwork: Jeppe Lange
Released with support from KODA

Soundcloud

Tonefald -- Music for media

As a sideman: Spillemændene -- Nationalsange

As a sideman: Blomqvist -- Paradisets Børn


Recorded, mixed and mastered: Brinicle -- First Frost


Recorded, mixed and mastered: Asger Thomsen -- Solo


Working with music

  • Composition for film, theater and media.
  • Performing my own music, both as a solo artist and with bands.
  • Producer and co-writer.
  • Session and band musician as a guitarist.
  • Transcription, music engraving, parts writing, arranging, etc., in Dorico and Sibelius.
  • Mentoring and teaching in creative composition, guitar and electronic setups.
  • Music councelling in artistic projects such as film and theatrical plays.
  • Recording and mix of sound and music.

Playing with the band I II III at Koncertkirken, Nørrebro.

Score for Hjerteskrig by Kirsten Astrup, made for the exibition Urolige Hjerte at Museet for Samtidskunst in Roskilde.

Gilbert Gordon: Biographies


Music by Simon Brinck and Oliver Laumann