Tinne Zenner is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Copenhagen. She holds an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Working with analogue film and digital animation, her work explores the physical structures, in which layers of history, politics and collective memory are embedded. With a point of departure in modern and global landscape, the films utilise cultural narratives, abstract information and analogue materiality in an ongoing portrayal of the world in circular transformation.
Her work has been shown at a number of international film festivals including Ann Arbor Film Festival, Projections at New York Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Courtisane, Image Forum Tokyo and EXiS in South Korea, and exhibited internationally at Reykjavik Art Museum, Nuuk Art Museum, Gothenburg Kunsthal, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts Brussels as well as at Overgaden - Institute of Contemporary Art, Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen.
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Programme : 50min
- Sleeping District (16mm, Silent, 12min, 2014)
Shot on 16mm film in the outskirts of Moscow, Sleeping District is a document of the residential, concrete structures built during the Soviet Era. Static shots of massive apartment blocks and interior views of private apartments forms the visual side, which is intercut with a textual side constructed of observations and memories of the residents, translated from Russian into a broken English. Entering private homes built on tangible experiences, memories and imagination, the film questions how we think of collective memory and how the present may hold traces of history, family relations and a fallen political ideology in the shapes of physical objects and structures.
Countries of production: Russia, Denmark
- Porosité (16mm, Silent, 1min, 2015)
With a starting point in the architectural facades of Brussels, the postcards become a filter through which to view the city as a facade. Whereas the front of the postcard is a construction of the identity of the city, the back is a singular personal reference. In architecture façadism is when the building is demolished leaving only the façade. In a porous grid system of lines, layers and time, the facade becomes our shared reference to read the temporal space of the city. A spatial (de)construction of a city, 3D animation on 16mm.
Country of production: Belgium
- Arrábida (16mm, Optical sound, 16min, 2017)
A film centred on the production of landscape and concrete in the Arrábida Natural Park, Portugal. Covering a vast area of coast, caves, mountains and forest, the park is inhabited by a massive concrete factory that branches through the landscape. Documenting the various layers of the sourced material, the factory body and the constructed landscape, the film looks at how time is physically embedded in the matter and how the molecular particles act in a circular re-shaping of the whole. The film merges 16mm footage shot in the area of Arrábida with 3D animation of the topographic landscape as an equal analogue layer.
Sound: Maile Colbert
Countries of production: Portugal, Denmark
- Nutsigassat (Translations) (HD, Stereo sound, 21min, 2018)
Nutsigassat reflects on the power of language as a colonizer of foreign landscapes. The Danish names imposed on Greenland's spaces and landscapes have historically been a part of Denmark's engagement in the vast country in the North. A process, through which the mountains of Sermitsiaq and Kingittorsuaq that surround Nuuk were detached from both their semantic and geographical meaning. But also the physical signs of the fatal interventions of the past are legible in the concrete high-rises that replaced the small communities of the bygds along the coasts which were closed down by the Danish government in the 1960s and 70s. Even the manual mass production of tupilaks (sacred amulets made of bones and horns) describes a cultural mutation of the mythical figure into a tourist object. Through a complex juxtaposition of text, voice and her beautiful 16mm film imagery, Zenner has created a critical work in which the majestic and vast vistas of Greenland defy the history imposed on them. (CPH:DOX 2018)
Music: Wieland Rambke
Voiceover: Maria Motzfeldt
Countries of production: Greenland, Canada, Denmark
The Rendered Earth - Films by Tinne Zenner
Danish Arts Foundation