Arc-en-ciel

Marika Orenius

Video installation ‘ARC-EN-CIEL’ consists of fragments; notes from diaries and extracts from books. Thoughts about pregnancy and birth are intercut with statements and farewell letters from women who have committed suicide or participated in suicide attacks. The name is modified from a 19th-centurymedical term to describe the alleged arch shape a hysterical woman’s body makes. Two stories about life’s opposites: one dealing with birth, the other with loss. In spite of their contrast they have one important common denominator; both describe the mysterious fortune/misfortune of having to choose one’s own life. The work is a 2-channel installation with an interior wall and wallpaper, it is also available in Swedish.

 

 

 

 

Production Year
2007
Duration
00:11:01
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Arc-en-ciel
Production Countries
Sweden
Dialogue
Yes
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound
Yes
Cast
Jesper Toss (Cinematographer), Marika Orenius (Cinematographer), Marika Orenius (Author), TImo Muurinen (Composer), Marika Orenius (Director), Marika Orenius (Producer), Johanna Storm (Sound Design), Liisa Valkeanpää (Translator), Marjut Orenius (Translator), Liisa Valkeanpää (Voice Over), Nina Lassila (Voice Over), Marika Orenius (Voice Over)
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Marika Orenius is a PhD from the Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture. Orenius graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, with additional studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Valand School of Fine Arts at the University of Gothenburg. She works with moving image, photography, drawing, performance art and installation art. She has participated in exhibitions, festivals and screenings in Finland and internationally since the mid-1990s.