Part of the Berwick New Cinema: Romanche Trench screening

Art director Naoki Hayakawa works 16 hours a day in a creative, neo-totalitarian advertisement company in Tokyo. The pressure of this situation causes him to regularly lapse into a twilight state between sleep and wakefulness, where he has strange and wonderful dreams. When he tells his superiors about his troubled state of mind, they ask that he exploit these dreams by using ideas from them in his work. This triggers a different sort of crisis as Naoki realises his whole self is being instrumentalised.

About Ane Hjort Guttu & Daisuke Kosugi

Ane Hjort Guttu (b. 1971) is an artist living in Oslo. She works in a variety of media, but has in recent years mainly concentrated on film and video works, ranging from investigative documentary to poetic fiction. Guttu´s most recent exhibitions and projects include the two solo exhibitions ‘eating or opening a window or just walking dully along’, Bergen International Festival Exhibition 2015, Bergen Kunsthall; and ‘Time Passes’, South London Gallery, UK, 2015. In 2016, her work has been included in the exhibitions Identity, National Art Museum of Ukraine (NAMU), Ukraine 2016; the 11th Gwangju biennale, South Korea; Back to the Sandbox, Reykjavik Art Museum; Playing By The Rules, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK, as well as in the film festivals Rotterdam Film Festival, The Netherlands; Images Festival, Toronto, Canada; Nordic Panorama, Sweden, Doc Fortnight, MoMA New York, Gothenburg Film Festival, Sweden and CPH:Dox; Denmark), Kasseler Dokfest and DocPoint Helsinki, among others.

Daisuke Kosugi (Tokyo, 1984) is an artist living and working in Oslo. He studied Law and Political science in Rikkyo University and worked as a risk consultant in an insurance company in Tokyo for several years. In 2009, he moved to Norway where he graduated from Oslo National Academy Arts in 2014. Since August 2016 he has been running the artist-run initiative Louise Dany together with Ina Hagen. His work was show in Lofoten International Art Festival 2017, Norwegian Sculpture Biennial 2017, Malmö Konsthall 2016, 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea 2016. Among other art institutions, his video was shown in the film festivals CPH:Dox 2017, Malmö Kunsthall under Nordisk Panorama 2016 among others. He has been shortlisted for DNB Savings Bank Foundation’s Grants for Emerging artist in 2016 and was nominated for the international award of the Spring Exhibition 2016, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen.

Selected filmography

Ane Hjort Guttu

Møbler er ikke bare møbler (2017), The Lost Dreams of Naoki Hayakawa (2016), Tiden går (Time Passes) (2015), The Adults (2014), Dette er alle steder (This Place is Every Place) (2014), Uten tittel (Byen om natta) (Untitled (The City at Night)) (2013), Fire studier av Oslo og New York (Four Studies of Oslo and New York) (2012), Frihet forutsetter at noen er fri (Freedom Requires Free People) (2011), Arket er strekens verden (The Paper is the Line´s World) (2009), How To Become A Non-Artist (2007)

Daisuke Kosugi

Sentient to sentient (2016), The Lost Dreams of Naoki Hayakawa (2016), #NewNationalCitizen2014 (2014), Meeting with Uncle Yuji (2014)