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March 17-25, 2012

Bike and Bolex

Mai Hofstad Gunnes

Exhibition, invited by Elke Giffeler

Opening hours: 3-6 pm
Opening reception: Friday, March 16, 6-9 pm

The 16mm film Bike and Bolex echoes Mai Hofstad Gunnes’ ongoing reflection on the construction of identity. A group of five women bycicle in circular paths while filming each other with Bolex cameras. The revolving movements captured by the five subjective cameras draws a molecular structure without a fixed center and conveys an idea of a non-hierarchical multiple subjectivity. Bolex cameras were particularly important for early television news, nature films, documentaries and avantgarde films. The 16 mm spring-wound Bolex is still a popular introductory camera in film schools.

Bike and Bolex is currently on view at WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels.


Mai Hofstad Gunnes (*1977, Norway) works with film, collage, and installation. She lives in Brussels since 2011, when she came to WIELS as artist-in-residency. Recent exhibitions include Oh how time flies, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2011); Le choix du titre est un faux problème, Cneai de Paris, Paris (2011); Goddesses, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2010); Pyrrhic Fortune, Sils, Rotterdam (2010); A shape of love you can never imagine, Oslo Fine Art Society, Oslo (2009).


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