Both Four Seasons (2009), a spoof of a thriller, and the metanarrative Something Happened (2007) incorporate jump cuts and repetition instead of proceeding sequentially. In the latter video, characters recite stage directions, drawing attention to themselves as actors rather than as sympathetic characters. In Siren (2014), a dark tale of romance, the looping, disjointed action confuses our sense of time, and Cytter’s use of screenshots and YouTube clips accents the influence of the Internet on the contemporary language of cinema and how viewers consume film.
Other stories are suggested by the back and forth between the videos and Cytter’s drawings, whose images and ideas are influenced by the artist’s domestic surroundings. While in her films Cytter subverts the conventions of narrative cinema and exposes the techniques of filmmaking, in the drawings, too, she challenges us to bring a critical awareness to what we see.
A version of this story originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of ARTnews on page 90.