From the series Urban Scene, all with a stationary camera. Nothing is directed but all sound reconstructed. 2011
“Urban Scene XIII:Entrance” is the 13th video in the series “Urban Scene”. The series (which originally was made as loops) are dealing with our perception of time in a certain place, strictly speaking, about timespace. All videos in the series are filmed with a fixed camera that captures everyday events in an urban space that in itself has the character of a movie set. None of the action is planned. These entirely commonplace images are carefully reworked but most effort focuses on composing the sounds in the scenes. The soundtrack is always entirely constructed afterward. In “Entrance” the place is the entrance to a cinema. But the name of the cinema is mirrored and you don´t know any longer if it is the entrance to the cinema or the entrance to the reality. At the scene the time is put out of logic.
Ninia Sverdrup (b.1971) is a Swedish artist working with video and drawing. She graduated from Umeå Art Academy 2004, and since then lives and works in Berlin.
Ninia Sverdrup’s work has long dealt with the concept of time. She has worked with a series of issues of time and its relationship to other concepts, such as rationality. Sometimes the artist begins with how “time” works, and its significance in everyday life, as in the expression “to have time for”. One of Sverdrup’s early pieces was Min att göra-lista (My To-Do List), in which she spent an entire day at the post office—from nine in the morning until six in the evening— just to buy three stamps. Sverdrup often makes reference to the Japanese concept of ma, the valuable emptiness in a non-rational way of perceiving time and space. Here time is part of our experience of space, emphasizing the experience of “time” (actually the entire situation) rather than its seconds, minutes, and hours.
The video is supposted to be seen in a loop, since the film is about a non linear time frame. Preferably projected.
Format: HD 16:9