Invisible Cities

  • Invisible Cities depicts a slow, almost weightless flight through what seems to be a deserted city where the only thing that reminds us of some life, are birds flying next to the central square. The sky is clear as the camera passes different archetypical aspects of any small northern European city: housing blocks, high rises, industrial areas, shopping streets and a railway station, leading to a central square.

    The work took its conceptual starting point in reflecting that we often speak of mega-cities that grow and generate new conditions and problems for urban living.

     

    Sometimes, we talk of rural  areas and their depopulation, their insufficient or excessive funding. But we rarely talk of the in-between cities. The ones that exist without much change and where a large part of the world’s population lives.

    In the film, the viewer is guided through one of these invisible cities. The Swedish bright summer night transforms the fully functioning city into a ghost town, as the filming of Invisible Cities was done in the middle of the night, while the residents were sleeping.

     

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SPECIFICATIONS (VIDEO)  

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS (BOOK)

 

 

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Video installation; Book; Research project

 

2004

 

Single channel installation. HD Video. Color. Silent. Duration 47:22 min (continuous loop). Projection dimension minimum 4,5 x 3,4 meter.

 

Dahlberg, Jonas, and Dahlberg, Göran. 2004. Invisible Cities. Stockholm, Moderna Museet. (catalogue number Moderna Museet 328), ISBN 91-7100-717-2BN

 

Kalle Boman (Producer, Hinden), István Borbás (Cinematographer), Camilla Carlberg (Curator, Moderna Museet), Mikael Höglund, Arnold Nilsson (Driver), Ingemar Reyler, Göran Dahlberg (Writer, Editor), Carl Fredrik Holtermann (Graphic Design), Åke Lindström (Statistics)

 

Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (Producer)

Press play for a 2:58 minute excerpt of the video