Geska Helena Andersson & Robert Brečević (Performing Pictures - Interactive Institute): Extra, Extra Fantastique

Wednesday 14th May 2008 at 8 pm Kibela - the opening of the exhibition

Extra, Extra Fantastique
Geska Helena Andersson & Robert Brečević (Performing Pictures
- Interactive Institute)

The artistic duo Robert Brečević and Geska Helena Andresson, working within the formal framework of Interactive institute, flirt with intermedia based on digital video. They use performing techniques that invite the visitors to participate. Yet the intervention in the work causes an unexpected reaction and our entering the area of the work of art results in a humorous response.
They use as their starting point the historic understanding of film as a set of gags and comic elements, actually as the suspense of the unexpected. They translate the film as was created in the 1920's and 1930's, not only in comedies, but also in dramas, into new media. The comic element is present in their installations, reacting to the observer in an interactive way. They like to mount such interactive boxes with projections of previously filmed actors in populated areas where the installation acts as a perfect surprise for those passing by.

Awards and grants

NADINE, Brussels - One-month residency, 2008
Nordic Culture Point - Grant, 2008
The Swedish Science Council - Research grant for artistic research, 2006-2008
EU Culture 2000 programme - Grant, 2007-2009
EU Culture 2000 programme - Grant, 2006-07
The Swedish Institute - Travel grant St Petersburg, Russia, 2007
The Swedish Institute - Travel grant Tirana, Albania, 2007
EU Culture 2000 - Programme grant, 2003
SACD / The French Screenwriter’s Association - Project grant, 2001
Framtidens Kultur - Project grant, 1999

Permanent representation

Verket, Avesta, Sweden
Stockholm City Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

Solo exhibitions
meanwhile-ondertussen-entre temps, public installation, L’Épicerie, Brussels, Belgium 
Extra, Extra Fantastique, KIBELA, Maribor, Slovenia
Overklighetinstallation, Candyland/Hammarby Art Port, Stockholm, Sweden
Kids on the Slide, Habiliteringen, Rosenlunds sjukhus, Stockholm, Sweden
Men That Fall & Women That Turn, Balta Nakts, Galerija Centrs, Riga, Latvia (commissioned by Riga City Council)
Familjen, ID:I galleri, Stockholm, Sweden
Konstvideo på blixtvisit, Stockholm, Sweden (public installations at various places in the city)
Män som faller och kvinnor som vänder i Hökarängen, Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden (site-specific public installation)

Selected group exhibitions and performances 2008
Illuminator, Koltsovo Airport, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Konstnärshuset's Showroom, Stockholm, Sweden
B.A.N.G Universal Forum of the Cultures, Monterrey, Mexico
Interactive Salon, Brighton, UK
Interactive Salon, Paestum, Italy
Interactive Salon, Prague, Czech Republic
The Body Navigation Festival, St Petersburg, Russia
Crossroads, Espira, Borås, Sweden
10th Videomedeja festival, Museum of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
Generative Art conference, Milan, Italy
LA Freewaves, Los Angeles, USA
CanariasMediafest, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (finalist)
The Bargate Monument Gallery, Southampton UK.
PUB, Stockholm, Sweden
Close Encounters III, Alkantara Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
Video Lounge, Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, Sweden
Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
FutureDesignDays, Stockholm, Sweden
Navinkifestival, Minsk, Belarus
Arvika music festival, Arvika, Sweden
Tid och Rum, Verket, Avesta, Sweden
Kiasma – PixelAche festival, Helsinki, Finland
Finland, Museum of contemporary art in Minsk, Belarus
Prix Möbius Nordica, Helsinki, Finland (finalist)
Bergvik’s galleria, Karlstad, Sweden (public installation)
The Culture House, Stockholm, Sweden (part 2 + 3, Don’t Pee on My Sneakers - commissioned work)
Arvika music festival, Arvika, Sweden

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The exhibition will be on view until  03/06/2008.

Kibela, space for art, is open every day 9.00 am to 10.00 pm, Saturdays 4.00 pm to 10.00 pm, and closed Sundays.

The exhibition is part of the gRIG project (Guild for Reality integrators and generators), supported by the EU education and culture programme.Within the exhibition the catalogue Performing Pictures: Geska Helena Andersson & Robert Brečević was published.


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