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Lines Describing a Circle
Lines Describing a Circle
Lines Describing a Circle

Circles and the meditative concept of the void are present in the video work where Antas has filmed close-ups of his parents’ hands repeatedly drawing these forms in pencil and ink, often with less-than-perfect results. Based upon the Zen Buddhist ensō tradition where a circle is drawn every day, one or two uninhibited brushstrokes express a moment when the mind is enlightened and free to let the body create. The circles created by Antas’ parents are symbolic in their imperfection and fragility, poetically expressing the process of our life cycles, joining together the beginning and the end with a playful and light tone.

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English title / Lines Describing a Circle
Original title / Lines Describing a Circle
Keywords / portraits (works of art ), family members, symbolism, hands, rituals, geometry, meditation, zen buddhism
Type / Single channel
Genre / experimental
Country / Finland
Picture ratio / 16:9
Duration / 00:03:16
Language / No dialogue
Sound format / Silent
Year / 2016
Cast / Axel Antas (Cinematographer), Axel Antas (Director), Axel Antas (Editor), Gunilla Antas (Actor), Bengt Antas (Actor), Axel Antas (Author)
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