”The Vacuum Cleaner Act” by Interlude Art Lab (Lotte Slotterøy, Benjamin Slotterøy and Jose Calvente/Soundtrack) at Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen

5 februari, 2015 11:08


The largest festival for video art in Denmark is back with FOKUS 2015.


FOKUS is Denmark’s largest video art festival, taking place at Nikolaj Kunsthal and selected venues in Copenhagen and arranged by Nikolaj Kunsthal in co-operation with a number of artists, organisations and other festivals.

Nikolaj Kunsthal presents a curated programme of video works by notable international names as well as by up-and-coming budding talents, along with the works submitted for the popular and prestigious open call competition. To supplement this, there is a programme of events and talks, and the Festival tries out new technological platforms. In co-operation with various external partners, FOKUS also features video art events in many parts of Copenhagen.

FOKUS Video Art Festival furthermore has an online platform, functioning in interplay with Nikolaj Kunsthal and the various events.

All entries will be shown in a ”jukebox” programme (large flatscreen monitors and an Apple TV platform). In addtiion, the 10 nominated vidoes may be presented separately in a looped, large-format projected video programme. All videos will be shown in a minimum resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

The Vacuum Cleaner Act is a performance filmed in the magnificent scenery of northern Norway. The film weaves together images from the Solvaer Islands (Solværøyene) where I and my sister, the artist Lotte Slotterøy, had our childhood.

The project presents the rather impossible task: to erase the invisible. Is it possible to remove impressions, memories and thoughts from our inner landscape – that is removing the unwanted things our eyes cannot see? The idea may seem as absurd as the act of hovering Mother Nature.

The meaning of removing things from the environment may be left to the viewer’s imagination. However, observing this from a basic level I want to ask whether it is possible to erase scenes already occurred in our past. How can our stored and maybe unpleasant experiences become less visible to us, and if so, what are the implications? Is vacuuming nature more effective than sweeping stuff under the carpet? And which imprinted traces and train of thoughts do we pass on to our descendants?

I see nature and the human behavior as contrasts in themselves. The act of vacuum cleaning becomes a sort of purification process that can be considered as a testimony to human ignorance. This performance may be perceived both as a protest and a pendant to many absurd human actions in modern society.