2016-03-14 genderness ENGLISH

After the success of ”Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition”, Swedish artist Anders Ramsell is back with a new short film:


With his watercolor interpretation of the sci-fi classic ”Blade Runner”, Anders Ramsell gained fame both in his homeland as well as internationally. Now he presents the animated short ”genderness” which he has written, directed and animated in watercolor.

”genderness” will see its world premiere at the Beverly Hills Film Festival held in Los Angeles April 6 to 10. The film deals with thoughts about being what is sometimes referred to as intergender – an identity that is mixed between man and woman – a third gender.

From left to right: Artist Anders Ramsell, narrator Rutger Hauer and renowned Swedish guitarist Janne Schaffer who performs the soundtrack.

– My film is an exploration of a bee hive that doesn’t like bees, or even itself for that matter. It would rather be human and thus transformed. For me it’s a metaphor for choosing to be either man or woman ... just to realize that you don’t really have to make that choice, says Anders Ramsell.

Anders animates using watercolor which means he paints each image on paper with a brush, water and pigments. He then scans the images and digitally edits them into motion. It takes twelve images to make a second of moving film.

Janne Schaffer soundtrack musician – actor Rutger Hauer is the narrator
The half hour long ”Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition” was exhibited at The Nordic Watercolor Museum on the West coast of Sweden as well as at Stockholm’s Liljevalchs Spring Salon in 2012. The movie got international attention and became something of an internet phenomenon. Rutger Hauer, who played one of the leading roles in the original film, contacted Anders after he saw ”Blade Runner - The Aquarelle Edition”. This lead to Hauer doing the narration in ”genderness”.
The soundtrack is performed by renowned Swedish guitarist Janne Schaffer.

Running time: 7 minutes

Official teaser trailer:

Film clip can be downloaded here:
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Sound clip can be downloaded here:
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About Anders Ramsell:
– From the age of 15 I put all my energy into music – learning to play the guitar and write songs. At the same time, my lyrics became more evolved, and I don’t know how many novels I wrote that no one read, Anders says with a laugh.
– At that time, I was also attracted to art, but it all started with music and lyrics. Image creation came a few years later.

It was while working at the Färgfabriken Norr, an art gallery located in the north of Sweden, and being in the vicinity of art in a whole new way that music got less of Anders’ attention. Instead he began focusing on the art and image creation on a more serious level:
– I started experiencing art in the same way that I was once inspired to pick up my guitar. Thus I put more and more time into the image creation, Anders explains.

Some of the art Anders created after this discovery includes ink interpretations of some photos that appeared from the exhibition 'Not without cause' by Swedish artists Carl Johan De Geer and Marianne Lindberg De Geer. These ink paintings were exhibited at Stockholm’s Liljevalchs Spring Salon 2012.

After working approximately two years on ”Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition” music suddenly reappeared in Anders’ life. Music became as natural as creating text and image. For the first time these parts found a common place which made it possible for Anders to work on ”genderness”, which also took two years to complete.