Liquid Crystal Effects

Liquid Crystals serve as both material, medium and method – the critical lens through which I investigated the former Långban mining and cultural village in Eastern Värmland in Sweden. Liquid crystals (used in LCD TV, computer and mobile screens) are forming the symbolic and material base in our common digital Technosphere. The mine’s water-filled ores, emptied of minerals, are inaugurated as an underwater exhibition of Långban, literally enacting the unstable relations between form and formless, and back again to form.

Liquid Crystal Effects, 2019, 5 min excerpt from Timo Menke on Vimeo.

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Production, Script, Image, Editing, Sound: Timo Menke
Narration: Magnus Torssell, Elin Höjd
Translation Emily Berry Mennerdahl
Mineral voice: Emily Berry Mennerdahl
Drone Cinematography: Mattias Tancred
Underwater Cinematography: Mattias Tancred, Tomas Gustén
Research: Donald Eriksson, Jan Vennerström, Jan Kruse, Linnea Garli
Thanks to: Elisabet Yanagisawa, Daniel Olsson, Mats Holmstrand, Simon Torssell Lerin
Special Thanks: Mattias Tancred, Tomas Gustén, Andreas Gustavsson, P-G Persson, Linus Svensson, Mattias Jonsson (Långbans dyksällskap)

Four composite photographic prints on aluminium plates, originally mounted in the Långban mine as part of the film project
Dimensions: 1-3: 50 x 40 x 0,1 cm (H x W x D); 4: 40 x 50 x 0,1 cm (H x W x D)
Mounting: Four pre-drilled holes per print for bolted or similar mounting.
©2019 Timo Menke

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Supported by

Långban Gruv- och kulturby (Värmlands museum)
Kungliga Biblioteket/AVM
Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse

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Shows and Screenings

Title Venue Country From To
Solo show and site-specific AIR-project “link” Långban Gruv- och kulturby Sweden 2019-08-10 2019-08-25
Annals of CrossCuts “link” Bio Rio, Stockholm Sweden 2019-11-22 2019-11-24
Sights of Change “link” Alma Löv Museum of Exp. Art Sweden 2020-06-20 2020-08-30
Working Title Film Festival 5 “link” Working Title Film Festival, Vicenza Italy 2020-10-01 2020-10-15