Liquid Crystal Effects

By Timo Menke

2021 • 40min • Sweden • Swedish

Liquid Crystals serve as both material, medium and method through which the film investigates the former Långban mines 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 transformed into a museum.

Production, Script, Image, Editing, Sound: Timo Menke
Narration: Magnus Torssell, Elin Höjd
Translation: Emily Berry Mennerdahl
Mineral voice: Emily Berry Mennerdal
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)
Supported by: Långban Gruv- och kulturby (Värmlands museum), Värmlandsarkivet, Kungliga Biblioteket / AVM, Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse


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Cite this film:

Menke, Timo. 2021. ‘Liquid Crystal Effects’ (40 minutes, HD). In Annals of Crosscuts: Films of Environmental Humanities 1 (1)CERN: Zenodo. DOI:10.5281/zenodo.4309125.