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Oblique

Oblique
Director: Knut Åsdam

Norway, 2008, 13 min, english with lithuanian subtitles, V
“Obliqueˮ is a hybrid narrative of cinema and architecture which quotes public or semi-public spaces within a city. The film is an articulation of identity in transition: Knut Åsdam invites to a journey through a continuous “city” built up from cities and regions of diverse political, economic, cultural and social landscapes. The characters are traveling in a suspended generic space in-between the realities of various places. The artist narrates areas of intense psychological charge: newly built outer areas around the cities, construction sites, institutional and office buildings, transitory places, between growth and collapse, marked by quasi-contradictory processes of economic progress and development of slums, but at the same time, he constructs an objective critical space of political urgency.
 
About the director:
 
Knut Åsdam was born in 1968 in Trondheim, Norway, and lives in Oslo. He has been active internationally for more than 10 years with exhibitions, publications and broadcasts. He has exhibited widely at the Tate Britain (United Kingdom), Venice Biennale (Italy), Kunsthalle Bern (Switzerland), Istanbul Biennial (Turkey), New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (USA)and Stockholm Museum of Modern Art (Sweden) amongst others. His films were screened at the major international film festivals (Rotterdam, Locarno). In a strongly visual and spatial manner, Åsdam utilizes sound, film, video, photography and architecture to work with the politics of space and the boundaries of subjectivity. Often these concerns are related to the analysis of space in terms of desire, usage and history. 
Section: Identity

Screenplay: Knut Åsdam

Dir. of Photography: Martin Testar

Cast: Okwui Okpokwasili, Maria Medori, Ryan Hamilton, Alexandru Mihaescu, genadij Paškevič, Martin Testar