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Notes From Underground
University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Fine Art.
2018 (English)Artistic output (Refereed)
Resource type
Moving image
Description [en]

Lisa Tan’s video is underpinned by American philosopher and activist Susan Sontag, who spent time in Stockholm in 1968 on the invitation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, after a series of articles criticising the Vietnam War. In ”Notes from Underground” (2013), taking its title from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, Sontag is engaged as a dialogue partner in the artistic process. But she also becomes support for the estrangement Tan experienced as a newcomer from the USA to Sweden at a time of growing polarisation, where an explicitly anti-immigrant party had been voted into parliament.

In the interview sampled in the film, Susan Sontag stresses our responsibility to highlight and offer other perspectives in the darkest times. The work references a scene from ”Duet for Cannibals” (1969), one of two films Sontag wrote and directed in Sweden. Existential questions are raised on how individuals choose their own actions, as actors Gösta Ekman and Adriana Asti walk among Siri Derkert’s concrete reliefs in Östermalmstorg Metro station. Other passages show Tan’s own editing and research, including on the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, which is near where she grew up. The cinematic narrative is shaped by vertical and horizontal movements – via rail tunnels and lift shafts, through cavern systems and the topographical sound graphs created by Sontag’s voice.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Stockholm, 2018.
Publication channel
Moderna Museet
National Category
Visual Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-8251OAI: oai:DiVA.org:konstfack-8251DiVA, id: diva2:1615992
Note

Verket visades i samband med Om Fotografi – ett symposium om arvet efter Susan Sontag

Fredag 20 april 2018, Moderna Museet

Available from: 2021-12-01 Created: 2021-12-01 Last updated: 2021-12-01

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