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“The conversation starts: I identify with many persons, like Valeska Gert and Édith Piaf and Patti Smith and Ariana Foster and Rosa Luxemburg… … I think she was a freedom fighter. She was singing love songs and, eh, true life reports.” (from the video transcript)

The video montage A WORLD OF OUR OWN weaves together stories of various Cosmo-figures, female explorers of worlds known and unknown, actual and fictional freedom fighters across different times and places, who assemble for a future mission in the world’s largest financial centre. They are linked through time and space through a montage of various elements, such as drawn animation, video footage shot by the artist, and found footage, combined with sound snippets from different sources, interview excerpts, radio transmission, music, written text, again animated. Both elusive and concrete, A WORLD OF OUR OWN addresses current political struggles and feminist legacies, the past seeping into the present and enabling a different future, one in the here and now, a constant loop, just like the video montage itself forms a continuously playing sequence. The accompanying book A-W-O-R-L-D-O-F-O-U-R-O-W-N contains a transcript that uses a narrative to expand on the references in the video, inciting the visual elements of the abstract animated parts. The book contains collages that draw on these references. It is printed on paper made from recycled GBP notes, and the incompatibility between different paper formats (A4 and US letter) gives the book its shape.

Eline McGeorge is a Norwegian artist living and working in London. Her work incites theoretical, political, and visual engagements through work processes combining materials and references in collage, montage, drawing, sculpture, animation, text and publications, prints, video and more, most often put together in installation.

Format: video montage/animation
Running time: 4 min

artist book

Published in the UK in 2012 by Dent-De-Leone
Edited by Malin Ståhl
Designed by åbäke
Printed by Aldgate Press (500 copies)
Funded by Norwegian Arts Council
With the kind support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Berlin

Funded by:

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