Two shortened versions of the pic will do best on TV after the present format travels the docu and gay fest circuit.

Artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, whose Danish and Nordic Pavilions show graced the 2009 Venice Biennale, are seen conceptualizing and creating their installations in Jannik Splidsboel’s light but enjoyable docu “How Are You.” Best known for works that force viewers to challenge their ideas of the status quo, the duo — a couple in art and life — come off as pleasantly irreverent if not exactly deep, enjoying their success while waiting for the next idea to materialize. Two shortened versions of the pic will do best on TV after the present format travels the docu and gay fest circuit.

The pair met in the ’90s and soon launched into collaborations heavily influenced by Jean Genet and body art. As their vision matured, they’ve sought ways to incorporate their ideas on society, life and politics into works celebrated for their wit and questioning of easy presumptions. The docu’s largest chunk is spent with the Venice show, “The Collectors,” in which they created two homes with obvious signs of family tension and hired actors to play realtors guiding visitors through. Scandinavian exactitude clashes with Italian vagueness, but kudos result. Visuals are problem-free.

How Are You

Denmark

Production

A Radiator Film presentation of a Radiator Film, Bullitt Film, Kong Gulerod Film production. Produced by Henrik Underbjerg, Stefan Frost. Co-producer, Vibeke Vogel. Directed, written by Jannik Splidsboel.

Crew

Camera (color, HD), Boje Lomholdt; editors, Mette Esmark, Thomas Papapetros; music, Frithjof Toksvig; sound (Dolby SR), Brian Dyrby. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama Dokumente), Feb. 15, 2011. Running time: 70 MIN.

With

Michael Elmgreen, Ingar Dragset, Helen Statman, Trevor Stuart, Sarah Thornton, Jani Leinonen. (Danish, English, German, Italian dialogue)

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