Ey Up Knut Åsdam
I was keen to speak with Knut because from what I had seen of his work it achieves quite a lot of the things I feel I am somewhat trying to move towards. He also seemed to share an interest in trying to engage non-professional-art audiences, or to place his work slightly outside the safety of the art context, such as his project Mobile Egress. So being able to get the chance to learn from him, and more about how he approaches making his films was really helpful – even if this did turn more into a tutorial than an interview.
It was also fascinating to hear about the cultural, military, and environmental concerns as a result of the wealth generated by Norway’s nationalised oil industry, and how these issues have been informing his more recent works. Plus his efforts to help support the future of artist produced films, and to build a more collective production model, that sits outside the limitations of traditional film funding.