Video Artist: Lida Rikker
Country: Year: Duration: 6 min 55 sec


“Who do children’s dolls smile at innocently? What do their older versions, the mannequins in shop windows, keep silent about? Using found footage of a study of Freud’s “The Uncanny” (Unheimlichkeit), the director peers into the depths of childhood fears. For almost 7 minutes, together with the author we try to understand what it means to be a toy, what it means to be an owner, and how people differ from their plastic doubles”.

Lida Rikker

Lida Rikker, director, media artist.

Born in 1982 in Chelyabinsk. Education:

South Urals State University (Chelyabinsk), psychology faculty.

St. Petersburg New Cinema School, Experimental Film Laboratory.

Works, achievements:

-  The film “Chestnut”, which won a prize at the TYPOMANIA-2014 festival in Moscow and LOOK Up Clipfest in Yekaterinburg in 2014.

- The film “The Swan of Tuonela”, in co-authorship with Alexei Serebryakov, short-film program, “Complete Arthouse” festival, Chelyabinsk, 2015

- The film “The Angry Citizen” at the Experimental program TO STAGE PER FORMA (BDT, St. Petersburg, 2019).

- The “Dolls”, winner of SmallShorts 2019 (St. Petersburg), Best International Student Experimental Short film, Festival Universitario de Cine y Audiovisuales Equinoxio Bogotá (Colombia), participant of the festivals Biofiction, Vienna (Austria) and FIVA Festival Internacional de Videoarte, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Bethlehem Student Film Festival (Palestine)

- the project “Long-term Connection” (performance, photogram, video) together with the Andreev Twins. The “Impulse” exhibition project, Sergei Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Center, 2019