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Art talk: Oscar Furbacken

During March we will be screening Oscar Furbacken´s video Close Studies of Helsinki (2020) on the big screen in the atrium. The video is an art project proposing alternative perspectives upon the diversity of urban landscapes. 
Welcome to an art talk with Oscar Furbacken, March 9, 12-13 in the Jacob Dahlgren Room.


Furbackens project stretches over many years, methodically gathering video and photographic material of overseen organisms from well known urban areas of the planet.

Welcome to this art talk March 9, 12-13 in the Jacob Dahlgren Room. A wrap will be served. Sign up to artinitiative@hhs.se

Oscar describes the videoproject like this:

The various scenes of the video "Close Studies of Helsinki" are filmed in the Finnish capital over a period of several years. It is the fourth film within the ongoing art project Urban Microhabitats challenging our perception of everyday surroundings.
The often overlooked moss and lichen that slowly colonize our urban spaces are an important subject for Oscar Furbacken. The material is documentary, but the choice of view point, tweaking of scale and addition of light allow the viewer to discover a cascade of yet unseen urban microcosms. Some sceneries may seem familiar while others feel outer worldly.
A tiny insect is strolling across an undefined vastness and colorful organisms are populating the tree bark and street corners of this capital.
The meditative wandering of the camera is juxtaposed to the pulse of the city, flickering in the background as a parallel reality.

The soundtrack is made by Robin af Ekenstam and can by listened to via the app Listen Everywhere.

Oscar Furbacken was born in Göteborg in 1980. He has a master degree from The Royal Institute of Art, and he lives in Stockholm. He is represented by Susanne Pettersson Gallery.

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