No, I Am Not a Toad, I Am a Turtle

The publication No, I Am Not a Toad, I Am a Turtle goes back to a three year long research and a film project by Elke Marhöfer on the Korean song form of ‘pansori’ music. Confronted with an animist ontology, growing from the research, the publication revisits discredited philosophies based upon believes on souls and spirits, and questions how modernity designed and conceptualized the relationships and boundaries between ‘humans,’ ‘animals,’ ‘plants’ and ‘things.’

It contains the film 16mm transferred on DVD, 50′, 2012.

Published with the support of the University of Gothenborg.

No, I Am Not a Toad, I Am a Turtle

Contributions by Fredrick Svensk, Elke Marhöfer, Lee Bo Hyung Monika Fernandez and Maebelle Ruth Brines, Anselm Franke, Oh Eunja and Go Eulsaeng.



Elke Marhöfer is an artist living in Berlin. Via moving images and suppositious writing, Marhöfer works with notions of self-admitted foreignness and radical othering. She collaborates with dear friends and things, and revises notions of animal, vegetable and object relations. Marhöfer studied at the University of the Arts Berlin, the School of the Art Institute Chicago, the Whitney Independent Study Program New York, and is enrolled in a practice based PhD at the University of Gothenburg. She received fellowships from IASPIS Recidency Sweden, Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart and Cité des Arts Paris. Her films have been screened at the BFI – British Film Institute London, Berlinale – Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Courtisane Festival Ghent, Cinematek Brussels, Images Festival Toronto, and the Showroom London. Her art exhibitions includes Palais de Tokyo Paris, FCAC Shanghai, Manufactura’s Studio Wuhan, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Houston Museum of Fine Arts and NGBK Berlin.

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