To Melt (Installation)

Långström Minna

Is it possible to not repeat history? Somewhere in time a person carries a package, then drops it to the ground with a crash. Someone else explores the content of the box. The story is repeated in what first appears to be an endless loop.

The four-channel video installation ‘To Melt’ is an audiovisual poem about intergenerational transmissions of memories. The fictional space in the film, as well as the installation itself, underlines a narrative structure built on repetition. The viewer is enticed to follow the characters walking away from the viewer, moving from screen to screen, counterclockwise, against history. 

The same story is repeated eight times in the film installation, with little variation. Two characters are played by seven actors in order to render descriptive notions such as gender irrelevant to the story. Subsequently the piece also explores the very concept of identification with characters in films.

Production Year
2014
Duration
00:08:00
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Att Smälta (Installaatio)
Finnish Title

Sulaminen (Installaatio)

English Title

To Melt (Installation)

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
No
Sound
Yes
Cast
Minna Långström (Author), Mikko Levoska (Cinematographer), Minna Långström (Director), Minna Långström (Editor), Elina Hyvärinen (Sound)
Press Photos
Minna Långström is a media artist who works with short film and installation. Through visual experimentation, her works often deal with screen based visual culture in relation to the subjective human experience. Some of her participatory installations focusses on social perspectives on technologically mediated narratives, while her more recent short films and immersive installations deal with certain political histories - and their influences on the present.