TIFF 2020: Hypnos by Ieva Balode and Maksims Šenteļevs

Venue: Stakkevollan Svømmehall, Utsikten 53B, 9018 Tromsø
Free Entrance / Unticketed
Doors open 19:00
As a part of TIFF, 2020, Kurant presents a new, collaborative work of expanded cinema 'Hypnos' by moving-image artist Ieva Balode and sound artist Maksims Šenteļevs. Developed specific to the site, this one-off performance of sound, analogue 16mm and 8mm film, and an exploration of dream states, will take place in the emptied and disused Stakkevollan swimming pool.


Any vision of shape, distance, scale or position in space, even when appearing solidified and fixed is nothing but illusion. It slips away as horizon when approaching, drips through fingers as water held in palms, dims as light at dusk. As a vision in dream, what is believed real appears to be a constant flow of transition from substance to substance and eventually beyound. Its property is neither appearance nor content but the endless mutation of possibilities - an unexpected flux of pulse, motion and transformation. As in sleep, Hypnos moves us with light, vision and sound through different stages of consciosness fluctuating recklessly in our senses in each ones very own special way that we share in common medium of subconscious fantasy.

Ieva Balode (b. 1987, Riga, Latvia) is an artist working with analogue image. She graduated from the Latvian Academy of Art, and studied film in Yrkeshögskolan Novia, Finland. In her artistic practice she is interested in human identity matters, which she explores through the language and philosophy of an image – both still and moving. Drawing inspiration from texts, archival materials and nature, the artist seeks to find the border between human consciousness and transcendence within it. Her interest in the analogue medium lies within the medium’s relation to nature and human perception.
Coming from a media and fine arts background, her works are met both in art galleries such as Den Frie, Copengahen, 2019, Villa Vassilieff . Paris, 2018; 1 st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga, 2018, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga,2018, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, 2018; Riga Photomonth, Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, 2018, Latvian Centre of Contemporary Art, Riga, 2016; Бükü, Leipzig, 2016, as well as international film festivals such as 65. Oberhausen International Short film festival. Germany, 2019; KRAAK, Belgium, 2019; Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, Russia, 2018; Counterpath. The Unseen Festival, United States 2018; Toronto International Film Festival. Canada, 2017; "Passing Through: We Are Not Done Yet;- film programme at Kinosaurus. Indonesia,2017; Belgrade International Experimental Film Festival, Serbia, 2017; Riga IFF, Latvia,2017; Experimental film
festival “Process”, Latvia. 2017,2018, 2019; Festival.
Apart from her artistic work she is also a co-founder of filmlab and education centre Baltic Analog Lab as well as director and curator of experimental film festival “Process” in Riga.
Maksims Šenteļevs (b. 1978) is an architect and sound artist from Riga, Latvia. In his works he researches motion and sound in certain spaces, as manifiestations of the present moment. He performs as a sound artist in theater as well as a lecturer and workshop conductor. Šenteļevs works with sound for films, animation, contemporary dance, theater, performing arts and installations. He is additionally the founder of the international sound art platform bernurits, which focuses on site-specific research and improvisations in-situ. His sound works have been realised internationally on labels: gruenrekorder [de]; universinternational [fr]; MYSTERY SEA [be]; MUU [fi]; sir-ecords [pt]; art magazines and radio stations: KUNST.EE [est]; SKAN [lv]; frameworkradio.net [uk]; Radio NABA [lv]; NTS [uk]. Collaborates with art and research centers: MOKS [est]; BINAURALMEDIA.ORG [pt]; Stazione di Topolò [it]; NCCA.RU [ru]; New Theatre Institute of Latvia [lv]; skanumezs [lv]; zemlika [lv]; RIXC [lv]; Ma Space [lv]; BAL [lv]. Šenteļevs is a lecturer in RISEBA University of Applied Sciences, department of media and comunication, and conducts workshops in collaboration with John Grzinich, Patrick McGinley, Ieva Balode.