Fritt Ord hosts the Oslo premiere of Ane Hjort Guttu's film Time Passes on Monday the 25th of January 18.30-20.30
at Filmens hus (in Tancred). The screening is followed by a conversation between Guttu
and Mike Sperlinger
, professor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO). Welcome by Bente Roalsvig
at Fritt Ord. "Time Passes" explores the relationship between art and politics, and looks at the public attitude towards poverty.
The film is centered around art student Damla and her ongoing performance project, which consists in her begging on the streets every day, together with Romanian Bianca. "If she has to sit like that, then we must actually all do it. And in art, you can change on the small scale what you really want to change on the large scale," says Damla when explaining the project to her class at Bergen Academy of Art and Design.
Damla's work starts as an impulsive sympathy action, but recieves critique and opposing views from her teacher, class mates, and Bianca. "Time Passes" discusses in what ways art can absorb and problematize other people´s precarious lives. What is the value of political art, and how can one, as an individual, respond to injustice?
After the screening, Ane Hjort Guttu and Mike Sperlinger will discuss questions raised by the film: Is art a resource for political activism, or is it rather a kind of trap? How well does contemporary 'aesthetic education' prepare young artists for engaging critically in a broader public sphere? And why might fiction filmmaking offer possible lessons for contemporary art?
"Time Passes" was produced for the 2015 International Festival Exhibition in Bergen Kunsthall, and premiered at CPH:Dox film festival in November 2015. The film screens at Rotterdam International Film Festival and Gothenburg Filmfestival in the spring of 2016. The film will have its American premiere in February at Doc Fortnight 2016 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
Time Passes is co-produced by Bergen Kunsthall. Fritt Ord has supported the production.
The film's web site
The film's Facebook page