The Making of FQ, or How to Pick up Pellets of Information in the Clouds of Fantasy


  • Kristin Bergaust Oslo University College of Applied Sciences



In an attempt to look at how content could be developed in dialogue with the use of visual documentary material, this article traces key ideas and references that were important to the making of an animation “FQ”. A research blog, personal notes and references are used to reflect on the work. The animation was based on historical portraits of the Norwegian political pioneer, Fredrikke Marie Qvam (1843-1938), and created for outdoor screening in the main square in her home town. Research and documentary material formed a base for an animation that was conceptually inspired by photo theories from diverse sources as well as feminist film theories of the gaze. In the process, imagination and fantasy plays into the treatment of the documentary material while the local viewing situation anchors the work in a biographical context.

Author Biography

Kristin Bergaust, Oslo University College of Applied Sciences

Kristin Bergaust graduated from the University of Oslo, Norway in 1983 and The National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo 1991. She was the director of Atelier Nord medialab for artists 1997-2001 and an active artist, curator and organizer in the field of socially conscious media, technology and art in Norway and elsewhere in Europe. From 2001 she was Associate Professor at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, NTNU Norwegian University of Technology and Science, she held a full professorship in fine arts with a responsibility in Intermedia from 2003. In 2008 she became professor at the the Department of Art, Design and Drama at Oslo University College (now Faculty of Art, Design and Technology at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences) Her artistic practice spans from individual gallery presentations to collaborative projects.




How to Cite

Bergaust, K. (2013). The Making of FQ, or How to Pick up Pellets of Information in the Clouds of Fantasy. Nordic Journal of Art & Research, 2(2).



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