Pilot #8

Queer Bergman-cinemaoke

#queerbergman

What has historically been permissible to represent on film? What can we witness when we as viewers can step into a film sequence? In Cinemaoke, the audience can embody the experiences and feelings that appear on the screen. Film sequences are open to imitation and interpretation. And it is entirely up to each and every viewer how much they wish to interact.

During Almedalen Week 2018, and in connection with the Ingmar Bergman Centennial, a performance was held which uniquely reenacted the queer desire displayed in some of Bergman’s films. With the help of authentic movie sets and actors, what is created if not a playful means for an audience to experience film with all one’s senses. And perhaps even redefine it?

We followed a historic development, starting in 1944 when homosexuality is decriminalized while simultaneously being classified as a mental disorder; through the years when it was culturally censured, to 1979; when the stigma was finally expunged.

Time

During Almedalen Week 2018.

Place

Visby.

Queer Bergman

In this interactive performance, the audience was invited to join a reenactment of queer desire in some of Bergman’s films. At the same time, we followed a historic development, starting in 1944 when homosexuality was decriminalized while simultaneously being classified as a mental disorder; through the years when it was culturally censured; to 1979, when the stigma was finally expunged. Through Cinemaoke, an audience is given the chance to step right into the space where the film sequences are taking place. It then becomes a playful and pleasurable way of embodying the experiences and emotions that appear on the screen. Through film sequences that open doors to imitation and interpretation.

Objective

A Cinemaoke provides an audience a new and inclusive manner of experiencing film. Through film sequences, the history of sexual politics in Sweden was illuminated from a queer perspective. A performance sparks insights into just what is permissible and possible—in society, as well as on film—for each era.
Step right into a film sequence through the wonders of Cinemaoke! During Almedalen Week in the election year 2018, and in connection with the Bergman Centennial, we welcomed visitors to join a unique reenactment of queer desire in some of Bergman’s films. Films which in their historical perspective give us a perspective on history.

Artistic leadership

Ulrika Bandeira, Ingrid Ryberg, and Ongoing Evaluation Consultant Annika Wik.

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