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Anna Ådahl
The Power of Flow. The Flow of Power
Experimental video | hdv | color and b&w | 18'0'' | Sweden | 2020
Through an immersive experience, the film addresses how the notion and term of flow and ‘flow states’ have been monetised by our current economy and accelerated society of 24/7 consumption, production, and performance. The film navigates through the various flows from its origin in the Buddhist and Taoist traditions of inclusiveness and nature, through computerised blood vessels, fractal deepdream dogs, outer space, further into the charts of human flows of migrants to today’s online mindfulness of digital relaxation clips and ‘sleeptubes’, with their ongoing chat forums. These new modes of relaxation and mindfulness are an instrumental part in enabling the continuous flow linked to our current economic systems and accelerated production modes, acting as artificial breathing pauses for better corporal endurance and performativity. The notion of flow inherent to our bodily survival system of circulation of blood, oxygen, and nutrients are now hi-jacked by our current economic system. Ultimately, the notion of flow has been turned into a bio-political tool which intent is to optimise the efficiency and performativity of our individual and collective behavior.
Anna Ådahl is a visual artist and researcher working in various mediums such as film, installations and performance. She uses the editing tools of assemblage and montage where found footage meets newly produced images, where ready-mades are used as props in spatial narratives and the body is used as an investigative tool in staged performances. Over more than a decade the notion and politics of crowds has been central in her artistic practice. Her fine art practice-based research, Inside the Postdigital Crowds, at the Royal College of Art in London addresses the aesthetics and politics of the digital conditions in which contemporary crowds are operated and governed.