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Annika Larsson – Installation View BLUE at Andréhn Schiptjenko, Stockholm 2015
 
We’re looking forward to Annika Larsson’s contribution BLUE.
 

Annika Larsson’s fascination for the protagonist of a Bataille novel – the sick and evil yet common coward from his 1935 story Blue of Noon – and the manifold parallels to contemporary society she saw in this story inspired her to center her film BLUE (2014) around it. Set against the backdrop of Europe’s slide into Fascism, the novel traces its narrator’s lurch from city to city in a surreal nightmare of depravity and excess. A four year internet-based image research of isolated key words from the novel resulted in the extensive archive of video footage that Larsson used for BLUE. While the sequence of pictures follows the storyline of Bataille, the scenes amount to a distinct stream of thought: BLUE explores the medical condition of Western society in our days. Like Blue of Noon, Larsson’s film is direct and physical: Excerpts from disturbing private videos and medical footage result in a trip through tears and tremors throughout Europe that absorbs the viewer for 54,47 minutes. The underlying question on our freedom of bodily expression and the potential of transgressive gestures when faced with the growing popularity of extreme right ideas could not be more acute.
 
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Annika Larsson – Installation View BLUE at Andréhn Schiptjenko, Stockholm 2015
 
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Annika Larsson – Installation View BLUE at Andréhn Schiptjenko, Stockholm 2015
 
 
Additionally,NICHE Berlin is organising guided tours through the halls of abc Sunday at 1, 3 and 5 pm.