Len Murusalu is an Estonian artist, filmmaker, artists’ film curator and researcher. Her interdisciplinary work explores questions around the interpretation of history, memory, language, and time perception – integral parts forming a sense of belonging – using moving image, video performance, photography, sound, text, installation and painting.
Her long-term research-focused projects concentrate on a specific segment of time while being inspired by the concept of chronesthesia – the brain’s ability to travel between past, present and future simultaneously.
Len graduated the Master´s studies at the Contemporary Art Practice: Moving Image pathway at the Royal College of Art in London. She has studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts and graduated from the University of East London with Shred of Dernier as her graduation work – a documentary about the vanishing Karelian villages in Tver Oblast in Russia.
Murusalu’s work has been exhibited and screened internationally since 2005. In 2018 Len established a production company ChronoLens dedicated to artists’ film and moving image. Currently, she is producing a collaborative artists’ film project, Time Quartet, for gallery and cinema contexts. Len has also organised several artists’ film workshops in cooperation with the Kai Art Center and the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and co-curated the artists’ film programme of the 2021 Tallinn Photomonth biennial.
In 2020, Len founded AmiLab – a non-profit in Estonia dedicated to artists’ moving image and expanded cinema research and development, focusing on sound- and video installation. She is a 2020/2021 Oberhausen Seminar Fellow, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany.
Awards, Grants and Residencies
- 2022 Silver Eye Award nomination, Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival. Czechia.
- 2021 Bergman Center Residency, Fårö, Sweden.
- 2021 MOKS Residency, Mooste, Estonia.
- 2020 Rucka Residency, Cēsis, Latvia.
- 2020 Production grant for the expanded cinema project Time Quartet. Estonian Film Institute.
- 2020 Development grant for Third Choice. Estonian Film Institute.
- 2018 The Cultural Scholarship of the Republic of Estonia Ministry of Culture.
- 2018 Study Grant of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
- 2017 The Cultural Scholarship of the Republic of Estonia Ministry of Culture.
- 2016 Gjutars Residency, Vantaa Artists’ Association, Vantaa, Finland.
- 2016 Permanente Residency, Bogota, Colombia.
Selected Group Exhibitions, Screenings and Festivals
- 2021 Swedenborg Film Festival, Official Selection, London, United Kingdom.
- 2021 Isolation Dialogues, Jaani Seek Gallery, Estonian Photomuseum.
- 2021 AFF Ars Filmfestival 2021, ARS Art Factory, Tallinn, Estonia.
- 2021 Teatepulk Kütiorust Kadriorgu. Vägi. Vaim. Võim, Võru museum, Estonia.
- 2020 Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Non-Fiction Program, Tokyo, Japan.
- 2020 Finno-Ugric Film Festival, Sänna, Estonia.
- 2020 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Open Screening Programme, Germany.
- 2019 Tallinn Black Night Film Festival, PÖFF Shorts Official Selection, Tallinn, Estonia.
- 2019 Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Artists’ Film Official Selection, York, United Kingdom.
- 2019 RCA Degree Show, Woo studio, London, United Kingdom.
- 2019 Togetherness. Assembly Point, London, United Kingdom.
- 2019 Whitechapel screening by Gareth Evans, Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom.