About

Crystal Beacon is a production collective that consists of the three Swedish artists Jennifer Rainsford, Lena Bergendahl and Rut Karin Zettergren. They met at the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm and started to make films and video installations together in 2008. Since then they have produced the short film and eight channel video installation Applied theories of Expanding Minds, the short film Mvua Farasi and shorter documentaries, art videos and performances. They also run and curate Crystal Beacon Art Space, a web based art platform.

 

Contact: cb@crystalbeacon.se

For further information about the artists behind Crystal Beacon:
www.jenniferrainsford.se
www.rutkarinzettergren.se
www.lenabergendahl.se

 
     

 

 

News

Applied Theories of Expanding Minds is shown in:
Video Power Film Night @L1
broadcast during the night of June 23-24
L1 live stream: http://l1-live.nl/live-l1-tv/
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/nl/app/l1/id523101249?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.l1.android

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Mvua Farasi is part of the group exhibition Like a Horse at Fotografiska in Stockholm 19 May — 3 September, 2017

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Applied Theories of Expanding minds is a part of the screening program curated by Laborneunzehn at Occulto Fest in Berlin nov 13-14. 2015

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Applied Theories of Expanding minds is a part of the screening program Beyond the surface at Laborneunzehn in Berlin from 19 to 24 Oct. 2015

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Mvua Farasi is nominated in the category Dokhopp on STOCKmotion film festival. STOCKmotion takes place during the weekend 2 to 3 October at the Filmhuset in Stockholm.

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Mvua Farasi is a part of the screening program The Return of Ghosts at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, July 17 to 19, 2015.

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Mvua Farasi will be shown in Filmform News at Bio Rio in Stockholm, june 8, 2015

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Mvua Farasi will be shown in the Filmform Program
at the 61 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
on 2 may 2015, 12.30 Kino Sunset

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Mvua Farasi and Applied theories of Expanding Minds is now in distribution at Filmform.

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Mvua Farasi will be part of The 4th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition 2014 - Return of Ghosts, curated by Jow-Jin Gong and Nobuo Takamori.

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Opening October 31, 2014
Hong-Gah Museum in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Oberhausen Tour, screening Applied Theories of Expanding Minds!

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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds is shown on Signes de Nuit, Paris, France

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Photos from Applied Theories of Expanding Minds,
M
akerere Art Gallery, 2011

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Our new film Woodland is shown in Vita Kuben, Norrlandsoperan in Umeå, Sweden. The exhibition is running 7-22 december 2012.

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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds is a part of Sino African Silk Road, No More Westerns at IMPAKT festival.

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Article about Applied Theories of Expanding Minds published at the Powermoneysex reader online publishing platform.


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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds will be exhibited at 2012 Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Melancholy in Progress, Hong-Gah Museum Taipei, Taiwan from 6 November to 30 december 2012

taiwan

 

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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds will be screened at World Movements Exhibition at the 14th Belo Horizonte International Film Festival In Brazill 14- 23 September 2012.

Brazil

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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds will be screened at FACT Center in Liverpool at the event "Artist Cine Club: Africa in Science Fiction " 22 August 18:30

FACT

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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds will be will be competing in the International Competition at Curtas Villa do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal 7-15 Juli 2012.curtas

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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds will be screened at Arnolfini on the event "The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions"

Thursday 14 June, 1830hrs Bristol, UK

Arnolfini

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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds will be screened at Greatmore Studios in South Africa 6 jun 2012

Greatmore

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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds was awarded at the the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
with a special mention:
the Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia
 
Special Mention
 
Applied Theories of Expanding Minds
Lena Bergendahl, Jennifer Rainsford, Rut Karin Zettergren
Sweden/Kenya 2011, 33 min, DV, colour
 
Statement:
We award a Special Mention to a film that takes cracking the Eurocentric point of view seriously and creates an equally bizarre and terrifyingly credible world in the process. Applied Theories of Expanding Minds by Lena Bergendahl, Jennifer Rainsford and Rut Karin Zettergren is the dystopia of a fictitious former colony whose social and religious life is ruled by geomagnetism. Creative courage and a love of directorial detail make this game of reality and fiction more than an end in itself; it triggers social and critical associations in a playful and natural way.

winner oberhausen


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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds will be competing in the International Competition on Oberhausen International Film Festival 29th of april 2012.


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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds will be shown as a seven channel video installation in the exhibition
So You Say, at West Space, Melbourne. The exhibition is curated by Annabelle La Croix and Dominique Redfern.

Opening 23th of march 2012

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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds
on Rotterdam Film Festival 2012

27 jan - 22:30 - Cinerama 6
28 jan - 17:45 - Cinerama 7
29 jan - 09:30 - Lataren Venster 1

 
     
   
Projects/films/works  
Mvua Farasi (Rain Horse)

Short film
(2013)

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Applied Theories of Expanding Minds

Short film 29 min
and multi channel videoinstallation (2011)

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You Look Like Milk

Artistic research project (2010)

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Crystal Beacon Art Space

Webbased platform for art on the internet

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Exhibitions, screenings and festivals
 
 

2017 Like a Horse, Fotografiska, Stockholm (ongoing)
2017 Video Power Film Night @L1, Limburg, Netherlands

2016 Applied Theories of Expanding Minds, Konstfrämjandet Västerbotten, Umeå

2015 Beyond the surface curated by Laborneunzehn at Occulto Fest , Berlin
2015 Beyond the surface, Laborneunzehn, Berlin
2015Mvua Farasi, STOCKmotion film festival, Stockholm
2015 Mvua Farasi, Filmform News, Bio Rio, Stockholm
2015 Mvua Farasi, Filmform Program at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

2014 The Return of Ghosts - Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, curated by Jow-Jin Gong and Nobuo Takamori.

2013 Oberhausen on Tour, Los Angeles Filmforum, Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, USA
2013 Oberhausen on Tour, Star and Shadow Cinema, Battlefield, Great Britain
2013 Oberhausen on Tour, Barbican Centre, London, Great Britain
2013 Woodland, Vita Kuben, Norrlandsoperan, Umeå, Sweden

2012 Sino African Silk Road, IMPAKT Festival, Netherlands
2012 Melancholy in Progress, Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taiwan
2012 Artists Cine Club: Africa in Science Fiction, screening at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, UK
2012 The Desire Called Utopia, Artist Film Screenings, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
2012 Applied Theories of Expanding Minds, Curtas Villa do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal
2012 Applied Theories of Expanding Minds, Greatmore Studios, South Africa
2012 Applied Theories of Expanding Minds , CitySCREEN at SCREEN’12, Spain
2012 Applied Theories of Expanding Minds, Oberhausen International Film Festival, Germany
2012Applied Theories of Expanding Minds, Westspace, Melbourne, Australia
2012 Applied Theories of Expanding Minds, Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands

2011 Applied Theories of Expanding Minds, Makerere Gallery, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
2011 Applied Theories of Expanding Minds at Kenya International Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya
2011 Locker Room Film festival, Moriya, Japan
2011 Full Pull Exhibition, Stpln, Malmö, Sweden

2010 Applied Theories of Expanding Minds, Master exhibition, Galleri Mejan, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 Applied Theories of Expanding Minds, installation at Doc Lounge, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 Crystal Beacon, Detroit at B-Galleria, Åbo, Finland

2009 Crystal Beacon, Full Pull, galleri Krets, Malmö, Sweden

 

Grants / Awards

2014 Iaspis grant for exhibition abroad, Taipei
2013 The Swedish Film Institute, Production funding for the short film Mvua Farasi
2012 Applied Theories of Expanding Minds was awarded at the the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen with a special mention
2012 Filmbasen, production support for the short film Mvua Farasi
2010 You Look Like Milk, Research and Development In the Arts, The Royal Institute of Art
2009 You Look Like Milk, Research and Development In the Arts, The Royal Institute of Art

 
     

 

 
Press
 
 

Experimenting with Moving Images, Interview by Radio Sweden, in connection to a screening at Bio Rio, 17th june, 2015

Wikipedia: Applied Theories of Expanding Minds

Interview by Acces Art Acess Life, UBC TV, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, 18th october, 2011

Konstnärligt utvecklingsprojekt prövar bilden av andra kulturer, Eva Gustin, Tidningen Kulturen, 6th march 2010.

ZBR+FFNRB, Mirjam Johansson, people, 14th march 2010.

 

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