18 October 2017, 8:00pm
MARTE EKNÆS & MICHAEL AMSTAD — PREMIERE OF PEOPLE MOVER
VENUE: UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, 0165 Oslo
Wednesday 18 October
Doors open at 19:30, screening starts at 20:00 sharp
Please join us for an evening screening, talk, and drinks premiering People Mover, a new, collaborative video piece—and its accompanying pamphlet-poster including an interview with German philosopher Joseph Vogl—by Marte Eknæs (NO) and Michael Amstad (CH). The screening will be followed by the artists in conversation with Mike Sperlinger, Professor at the Oslo Academy of Fine Arts and co-founder of LUX—an agency for artists working with the moving image.
Combining documentary material, found footage, and 2D/3D animation, People Mover shows the construction and daily life of an imaginary city founded on unstable ground. In a circle of service, maintenance, and destruction, the city caters to the consumption of its population of short-term visitors, weekenders, and start-uppers.
A ‘people mover’ is a type of public transport system that serves airports, downtown districts, or theme parks. In People Mover such systems drive the narrative through an urban landscape shaped by fast development, pop-up architecture, mega-events, food delivery services, surface maintenance, cruise tourism, and trade fairs. Mixing fiction and reality, Eknæs’ drawings and sculptures are brought to life in these surroundings, surrealistically woven together with existing street furniture and public surfaces.
This event is supported by Arts Council Norway.
The MINIBAR is a returning feature in the UKS program, occasionally occupying a tiny nook in its storefront space. Inviting guests to a night hosted by rotating local and international artists, the MINIBAR offers mini-prices in a city where bibulous sociability normally comes at a mega-cost.