Ultra HD Video, 2021
10:43 min, 5 channel sound
Gutamål with English subtitles
Exhibited at Galleri Konstfack & SKF Konstnärshuset (Stockholm), Gotlands Konstmuseum (Visby). Screened at Bio Tellus (Stockholm) and Savannen - Gotlands Utomhusbiograf (Guldrupe).
“In the old days it was important to keep the fire in your fireplace burning. As the main light and heating source, it was also how you kept the (evil) spirits from entering your home and bringing misfortune. The fire signalled human presence.
Nowadays there are many newly built houses with cold fireplaces, homes that stand empty most of the year. I used to imagine living in one of those houses. At around 4 or 5pm everyday during wintertime, a lamp would be turned on in the summer houses. We who lived there all year round knew it was a lamp timer and that nobody was at home.”
In the video an empty designer house receives a visit from an ancient spirit, known as 'Di sma undar jårdi' (the little folk under the ground). From field research on northern Gotland (where the artist grew up), the video explores ideas of modern architecture/holiday homes, folklore and local heritage.
Camera, script, sound & editing: Nicola Godman
With support by Film Gotland.