Weightless by Erika Janunger

“Creating architecture and design, is like making music. By using three dimensions– three notes, you make a chord. By using many chords, shapes and spaces– you can create an entire world… I want to understand how all that works, I want to create surroundings and objects based upon peoples lives and feelings. I want to create worlds, I want to play God.” says the Swedish artist and designer Erika Janunger and it seems like there’s nothing she can’t do…

Swedish artist and designer Erika Janunger’s short film“Weightless” made in 2007 was Janunger’s masters project and is her way of exploring the intersection of architecture, choreography, and music. Feminine in tone, with an all-female cast, and a sultry female vocal score, it is a visual fusion of the organic (flesh and body) and the inorganic (furniture, fixtures and bedding). A play on the senses, the set is cleverly designed so that what appears to be vertical is actually horizontal. The viewer is baffled by the performers’ seemingly effortless defying of gravity. Filmed within the confines of four walls that alternately serve as living room and bedroom, everyday items like lamps, blankets and chairs are turned into a magician’s arsenal of props that, combined with skilful editing and brilliant movement, create a masterful illusion.

What makes this illusion so compelling is that is not an illusion at all but only a tilted camera, a carefully lit and designed set, along with divinely inspired movement– nothing short of real magic– that makes this film so special. Dancers Malin Stattin and Tula Lundkvist move with the skill of athletes and the buoyancy of astronauts. A tour de force for the talented Erika Janunger, who plays multiple roles as director, art director, songwriter and lyricist.


Directed byErika Janunger
Scenography Erika Janunger
Photography and lightDavid Grehn
Costume Johanna Adebäck
Hair and Makeup Klara Janunger
Editing Josefine Truedsson
Postproduction Gustaf Holmsten

Music/ Lyrics-
and Vocals Erika Janunger
PercussionPontus Langendorf
Keyharp Erik Rydvall
Saxophones Nis Bäckvall
Produced by Henrik Svensson

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