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Magdalena von Rudy

Persona Syndrom

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Artist
Magdalena von Rudy
Title
Persona Syndrom
Year
2005
Duration
7 min
Format & Technical

Single channel, SD video, Colour, Sound

LOOP Edition
Ed. 2008
Presented in LOOP by
William Morris Gallery

Persona Syndrom draws on a powerful scene from Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona, portraying a special relationship between two women. While one of the women remains silent throughout the entire film, the other begins to reveal her innermost self. In a key moment in the film, the protagonist tells of one of her most intimate experiences – an erotic encounter with a stranger. Magdalena von Rudy  (*1973, Poland) mirrors this highly emotional scene in her video work, in a medial setting in which the boundaries between the protagonist and the viewer increasingly merge. The characters in the video – who indeed seem to personify the two women in the Bergman film – are later revealed as being viewers of the film themselves. The spoken German text is in fact a moving simultaneous translation of the Swedish original.

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