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Katarina Löfström

Jan Winkelmann / Berlin

Katarina Löfström has stars in her eyes. Where others see city lights on the horizon, the Swedish artist discovers strange constellations, twinkling against a black and boundless outer space. Her computer-animated videos have created heavenly bodies from the night lights of Berlin (Tower, 2004, was filmed from the city’s iconic television tower) and Stockholm (An Island, 2004, captures the amusement park Gröna Lund from a distant shore). By slightly blurring each nocturnal cityscape, Löfström’s projections teeter between abstraction and figuration; illuminated streets and buildings structure these novel asterisms while traffic, ads, and carousels become falling stars, red dwarfs, and supernovas. To see the heavens on earth—to make what is close appear light-years away—places our fragile planet in a wider compass of time and space. Löfström’s point of view, however artificial, asks us to

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