Part of a project with Sam Samore, titled 11 films. The nature of these films are installational in theme, meant to go together in a room of 11 screens. This affects the tempo of the content. A single screen edit will come shortly.
This began as a performance by amazing artist Alfredo Jaar, that we together (2004) made in to a “montage” or “film” of sorts. It was made in conjunction with my large exhibition “Making Differences”, a show unfortunately most famous for an Israeli ambassador destroying the art work of Swedish artist Dror Feiler (see my other […]
The deserted island of Gunkanjima, as it is most often called, was a coal mining colony based on an island roughly the size of a football field. This was the most densely populated place on earth before Mitsubishi, the company who owned the island, closed the operation in 1974. More on page for this film.
Stockholm International Forum on Preventing Genocide, was a large government conference that took place in January of 2004. I was invited to curate and organize an extensive program of exhibitions, filmfestivals etc that could illustrate the subject for the conference.
Unfortunately, "Making Differences" was mostly remembered for an Israeli ambassador, Zvi Mazel, who took it upon himself to physically destroy one of the works in the show, right in front of our cameras, subsequently creating a media scandal all over the world.
But Making Differences was so much more, and these nine people in the film, all do an amazing job in their respective field, creatively and artistically raising awareness, with their stories, images or words, without ever being didactic or loosing the gripping dramatic narrative they all have great talent for.
Otsuka Art museum, built inside a mountain deep buried from nuclear wars or earthquakes, might be the only museum left if the world goes under. It hosts more than 400 perfect "copies" of the entire art history. When I came here I was going to make an ironic little film on copies and originals but was instead taken by what must be "the best museum of the world". Here you can be in a room with 9 Caravaggios and the same time for instance. And you are allowed (well maybe not but I did) to kiss Mona Lisa!