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Title: UTOPIE / UTOPIA
(How We Live Together), 2020-2021
Excerpt from How To Live Together - Novelistic Simulations of Some Everyday Spaces by Roland Barthes. Session of May 4, 1977. Pages 130-132.
HD Single Channel Video
Audio Management JG Thirlwell
Link to teaser 1 here
UTOPIE/UTOPIA is no. 1 of 4 short films created in 2020-21 in collaboration with acclaimed actor Bill Sage during the pandemic of 2020-21. Each chapter is a performative reading monologue from French philosopher Roland Barthes lecture series How To Live Together, published in 1977 on societal, historic and psychological ideorrythmic living formats in light of ethics and value systems. The collaborative film series is a method of responding to the human experience and the ethics of citizenry in states of isolation, disenfranchisement and societal upheaval experienced globally starting in 2020, an era of crisis.
Utopie/Utopia was first created for Senstad's solo exhibition How We Live Together at Yi Gallery in New York, July - Sept 2020 and in the group exhibiton Art's New Natures - Digital Dynamics in Nordic Art on Streamingmuseum.org Aug - Nov 2020.
Supported by Norske Billedkunstnere, Norway.
Webpage for the HOW WE LIVE TOGETHER Film series here
Bill Sage has appeared in over 120 films. TV and stage productions. Films include American Psycho, Orange is the New lack, Hap & Leonard, Precious, The Insider, Boardwalk Empire and numerous Hal Hartlet films who is a long time collaborator of Sage.