Thin Membrane (Installation)

Minna Långström

'Thin Membrane' is a video installation with an immersive five-channel soundtrack. The installation consists of a built-in structure representing a part of a wall of a residential house. On the wall there is a window. The window acts as a frame for the video. The video shows what would be seen through the window; a group of friends having a nice dinner together. However, the dinner is occasionally interrupted by electric cuts, darkening the window. When the glass is darkened, a reflection of the viewer is seen on the window's glass surface, the thin film or membrane that separates the viewer from the people inside. The film is inspired by a short story about the theatrical rituals of an early 20th-century aristocratic family, from the book 'Berättelser om Natten' by Peter Høeg. 'Thin Membrane' transfers this setting to a contemporary petite bourgeois version, reducing the narrative to that of witnessing the ceremonies of creating togetherness, and perhaps otherness as a negative side effect of a 'positive' project.

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Original Title
Ohut kalvo / Den Tunna Hinnan (Installaatio)
Finnish Title

Ohut Kalvo / Den Tunna Hinnan (Installaatio)

English Title

Thin Membrane (Installation)

Minna Långström (Author), Ville Tanttu (Cinematographer), Minna Långström (Director), Minna Långström (Editor), Minna Långström (Script), AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Funder), Arts Council of Finland (Funder), Kimmo Vänttinen (Sound)
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Långström is a media artist and filmmaker. Her artistic work consists of films – short fiction and documentary – as well as cinematic installations, combining moving images with spatial elements. Her work processes tend to be extensive, well researched and interdisciplinary. Her work focuses on social perspectives on technologically mediated narratives and visual technologies, as well as certain political histories and their cinematic influences on the present. The intuitive experience and role of the viewer is a central aspect of her installations.