In Character, Role Control

Saskia Holmkvist

2008, 17:00 minutes, colour


In Character (9:00) and Role Control (8:00) are complementary inasmuch as they reciprocally develop a narrative that explores ideas of credibility and social strategies.

The two works originate in four kinds of ‘conversation situations’ with diametrically opposite aims, dealing with interpersonal and political positions: the job interview, the interrogation, couple's therapy and political arbitration. These situations where relationships are worked on and negotiated and which require strategies for productive dialogue and conflict management are woven together in Saskia Holmkvist’s work into an investigation of the factors that define and control power relations and how these relations can be negotiated.

In the films Saskia Holmkvist has made use of staged situations and actors who, in the course of the films, gradually swap positions and force the conversation over a boundary where the dialogue changes meaning and forces the viewer towards a new interpretation of the situation.

Note: These related works can be shown separately in screening contexts.

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