Smike Käszner Film

  1. The last of the quiet spaces. The last of the truly local constructions. The last place for us all. The cemetery.

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  2. Winner (shared) of the ‘Open Call FOKUS 2012 video art festival’ (Copenhagen).

    Above all, sport allows for a “we and them” situation (basic territories). If you add to this, already established territories based on faith, you have the fuel to create tremendous excitement, loyalty and dedication. Nothing compares to the Inter College Sports day in Tonga.

    There is no narrator, no explanation, no soundtrack… just a pure socio-anthropological document about excitement.

    If you wonder about the colour of the uniforms in the film, just about every school in Tonga is a religious based school. Hence the green uniform are the Mormons, the light blue the catholic, dark blue Wesleyan and so forth. Tonga is often referred to as the most Christian country in the world, next to the Vatican State.

    14.44 min.

    copyright 2011 ©

    Thanks to Deel for help with equipment. And thanks to Lars Kristensen from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts for his long distance advice.

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  3. Between 2007 and 2011 I did 11 world maps that measured 280 cm x 140 cm. They were all mixed media on canvas (print, acrylic, spray, oil etc.). And they all had their own theme.

    Here I am talking about a few of them. Filmed in different years by different people. Hence the mixture of English and Danish.

    I won't credit the camera men, because I know the professional ones, would be sad if they were mistakenly thought to have done the amateur filming.

    Sorry if I don't speak so clearly - I got braces during the period (my chewing was all fucked so I really did need braces despite being middle aged!).

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  4. A catholic funeral in the village of Lapaha in Tongatapu, Tonga. It’s a lengthy event that involves many people. As always in Tonga, no large event without a brass band.

    This film about the rituals that surround the transition from the known territory (life) to the unknown territory (death) is without narrator or any other explanation. It is simple documentation.

    Intention, camera and editing:
    Smike Käszner

    Music: "Cherry Blossom"
    excerpt from "The Blind Tape Third Ape Abjection Session" composed by Jan Krogsgaard.

    Huge thanks to the people of Lapaha village

    Thanks to Sakopo (Television Tonga) and Lars Kristensen (Royal Danish academy of fine arts) for long distance advice.

    7.17 min.

    2012 ©

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  5. Yet another classic Krogsgaard/Käszner production - this one from 2001.

    It's Otto Bob aged 2... getting fueled.

    duration: 1.00 min.

    Copyright 2001 ©

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Smike Käszner Film

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Collection of art videos, experimental documentaries, artvertising from the past 10 years... will be continuously be adding new works every week...

A number of them done together with film artist and director Jan Krogsgaard.

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