Life Extended, 2009

Life Extended continues Bigert & Bergström's exploration of the human strife to control life and death. In this film we meet the gerontologist who believes we will be immortal in the near future, the architects who construct spaces to slow down the aging process, the monk who runs for a thousand days in order to strengthen his spirit for it's immortal journey, the street kids who live in the moment, and many others. Being opposed to the static image of the stairway of life, the film is constructed as a relay race where people are moving towards the viewer. “Today ageing is subject to control”, as put by a biochemist. The speed with which this biotechnological development is moving indicates that the coming generations will have very long lives indeed. 
Initiated as a work of art the film envisions a contemporary Memento Mori where death will soon be nothing but a memory.

Aubrey de Grey on punt in Cambridge
Film still, Life Extended
57 min. HD
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 2009

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Written and directed by
Bigert & Bergström 2008

Director of Photography 

Charlie Drevstam
Studio Camera Assistant

Björn Köling
High-Speed Camera

Per Olof Rosén, Prosolv
Sound

Felix Bigert-Mohr

Mattias Hambraeus

Jasper van den Brink

Cherag Cama
Studio Light Electrician

Stein-Olav Trones
Editing

Daniel Jonsäter
Assistant Editor

Thomas Lee
Graphic Design

Johan Hjerpe

Anders Jandér
Animations

Adam Stjärnljus, Kalle Sandzén
3D 

Bez Habibnia, Daniel Westlund
Digital Effects, On-Line

The Chimney Pot, Nicklas Holmgren, Guffe Funck
Grading

Jonas Jangvald

The Chimney Pot
Music

OCSID

Carl Michael von Hausswolff

Jean-Louis Huhta

Edvard Graham Lewis
Sound Design and Mix

Thomas Huhn

Ljudligan
Scenography Assistant

Anders Hellström
Technic Contructor

Lars Hässler
Man in Corridor

Lars Nilsen
People in Incubator

Elliot Guest

Alexander Lindefalk

Joel Kustus

Hektor Wedin

Stig Gustin

Gunnar Hellgren
Location Research

Junko Yoda, Japan

Dinaz Lynn, Indien

Mattias Hambraeus, USA
Translations

Dinaz Lynn

Naoko Kawano

Sina Najafi
Subtitels

Mediatext
Production Manager

Mattias Hambraeus
Special Thanks

Panasonic

La Specola, Florence

Musee Ville Laon

John-Cage-Kunst-Orgel-Projekt, Halberstadt

Dep. Materials Science KTH, Stockholm

Cykelringen

Active Kids

Stadsmissionen

Myrorna

PSI Antonsson

Martina Bigert

Erik Pauser

Thomas Nordanstad

Björn Watz
Produced by Bigert & Bergström and 

Jonas Kellagher, Eight Millimetres 

in collaboration with

SVT Stockholm, Arts & Culture,

comissioning editor Vera Bonnier.

And with support from:

DR, NRK, YLE. 

Nordiska TV-samarbetsfonden 

The Nordic Film and TV-fund.

The Swedish Film Institute,

film consultant Tove Torbjörnsson.

The Swedish Arts Grants Committee

Developed with the support of The MEDIA Programme of the European Community
All rights reserved

© Bigert & Bergström 2008
Cast/People appearing in the film:
Brian Manning, 

Philosopher and President 

Calorie Restriction Society 

Los Angeles, USA
Arakawa/Gins, 

Architects Against Death

New York/Tokyo
Cecilia Sjöholm

Associate Professor in Literature

Södertörns University

Sweden
Laureen Williams

100 m Sprinter

Miami, USA
Martha Pineda

Life Time Inmate 

Broward Prison

Florida, UMichael Doser

Particle Physicist

CERN, Switzerland
Gaby Wood

Writer

New York, USA
Aubrey De Grey

Gerontologist

Founder Methuselah Foundation

Cambridge, UK
Ray Kurzweil

Inventor

Boston, USA
Cynthia Kenyon

Molecular Biologist

UC San Francisco, USA
Jonathan Ames

Writer

Brooklyn, USA
Antoine Berner

Raëlian Guide

Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Fujinami Genshin Ajari

Marathon Monk

Mount Hiei, Japan
Khaja Anwar Sheikh

Yasin Kader Sheikh

Nasir Kader Sheikh

Rajar Ramzan Raute

Street Kids

Bombay, India

Film still, Life Extended
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 2009
Fujinami Genshin, "Marathon monk"
Mount Hiei, Kyoto
Film still, Life Extended
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 2009
Film still, Life Extended
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 2009
Lauryn Williams, 100 m sprinter
Film still, Life Extended
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 2009
Film still, Life Extended
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 2009
Street kids, Bombay
Film still, Life Extended
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 2009
Film still, Life Extended
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 2009
Film still, Life Extended
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 2009
Martha Pineda, Life time inmate, Miami
Film still, Life Extended
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 2009
Film still, Life Extended
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 2009

Contact

Studio Bigert & Bergström

Address:
Västmannagatan 73
113 26 Stockholm
Sweden

Email:
post@bigertbergstrom.com

Mats Bigert
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 52
Email:
bigert@bigertbergstrom.com

Lars Bergström
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 53
Email:
bergstrom@bigertbergstrom.com

Represented by:
Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Cis Art Lodgers, Barcelona

 

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