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Lina Selander

To the vision machine

Film expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 28:48 | Suède | 2013

To the vision machine (2013) 28:45 min. HD-video, color, sound and silence. 16:9 To the vision machine is the beginning of a larger work on the visual inscription`s invisible centre, on the picture as an internal object and its relation to vision and different imaging technologies. The work initiates a search for a code that would make vision redundant, a promised land which it can not hope to enter. The starting point is the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, or more precisely: the detonation of the atomic bomb as a photographic event. The first atomic bomb created a flash that lasted one fifteenth of a millionth of a second. The light penetrated every building and shadows of objects and bodies were exposed and burned onto the city`s surfaces. When bodies and objects turned to ash, their traces were left as unintentional monuments. But the detonation itself can only be witnessed at the expense of one`s eyesight or life. The sound of the whistle and the scene at the end is from the film "The Children of Hiroshima" ("Genbaku no ko", 1952), which shows the Peace Memorial Museum while it is under construction after the U.S. occupation had ended and it was allowed to remember the disaster again.

LINA SELANDER (b. 1973) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
Lina Selander works mainly with moving images in film and video, but also with photography, text and sound. Her works are often installations where these different medias and components converge and interrelate to one another. She is interested in the image?s ability and lack of ability to reproduce time, experience and memories and she explores how different narrative forms and techniques transform and change a story. Her works investigate !lm as medium, examining its possibilities and limitations as form of expression, and they often raise questions about history, media archeology and authenticity. Selander?s work has been shown at Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Moderna Museet and in international group shows, biennales and festivals, for example in the Manifesta 9 in Genk, Bucharest Biennale 2010, Institute of Contemporary Art in London and The Netherlands Media Art Institute.