The artist duo Karl & Carl (Karl Hedin and Björn Carl Perborg) offers a generous mix of animation, sculpture, video and photography. Bizarre and uncanny situations occur as the searchlight is directed towards human beings and their relationship to the planet, the universe, life and death.
”Still No Response From The Void” (”Ännu inget svar från tystnaden”) is the title of Karl & Carl’s sincere and surprisingly accessible exhibition. On a jumpy road from science fiction to broken hearts, the artists navigate through the wetlands of poetry in a dialogue, where misunderstandings bring about unexpected meanings and where new connections constantly appear.
– It’s important to stay close to the limits of your understanding of the existence. That’s where we try to go in all our works, Karl & Carl explains. The exhibition is a tribute to the pointless, the ridiculous, the pathetic and the ungraspable. It also pays tribute to the cosmic distances. Between people. (Before this distance was measured to 1,5 metres).
A cabinet of grief with a coffin (or is it a spaceship?), images from crematoria and a video where people queue to throw themselves off a balcony, is combined with a pulpit, where a curator recites empty phrases collected from the curatorial statements of international biennials.
During a compulsory information meeting for unemployed people, the friendly face of a ridiculous, Kafkaesque bureaucracy exposes the truth behind unemployment. (Unemployed people act as a deterrent to the rest of the population: to remain in their poorly paid jobs and to continue consuming).
The bored Job Centre coach explains the NAIRU model. NAIRU is the level of unemployment that is necessary in order to keep the inflation from rising. For this to be efficient, it is of uttermost importance for the unemployed people to feel bad.
Year: 2018 Genre: Drama, mockumentary Duration: 4.41 min Cast: Eric Rusch, Anders Almgren, Christina Nilsson, Frederikke Krogh, Jaqueline Chambel, Kico Madsen, Kristian Reuter Oliveberg, Minjeong Ko, Samira Motazedi, Tim Kristoffer Gunnarsson Cinematography: Victor Nyåker Sound: Ania Malgorzata Winiarska Sound mix: Anders Billing Vive Editing: Imad Abdalghani Make-up: Jaqueline Chambel Location assistant: Leia Sademyr Poster: Barthélémy García Consigliere: Nicolas Kolovos Distribution: Filmform With support from Konstnärsnämnden
If you are to do everything that is recommended, for example sleep eight hours every night, cook your own food and actively choose your funds, there is a deficit of 1 hour and 11 minutes every day. And this is even before you’ve started working 8 hours a day five days a week. This film explores why there is never enough time for those things most of us consider important, like work, school or love and family life.
Year: 2017 Duration: 3.03 min Cast: Björn Perborg The calculation that is the base for the film was done in collaboration with Frans Einarsson and has previously been published on the web site of Cuisine Bizarre: cuisinebizarre.se.
What makes the Canadian embassy sponsor a film festival in Hessen, Germany? After having encountered the same mystery year after year, Frans and Björn decides to investigate the case further. Behind the curtain, they find a chain of astonishing and farfetched conspiracies.
Collaboration with Frans Einarsson.
Year: 2019 Dialogue language: German and English Duration: 4.33 min Cast: Frans Einarsson & Björn Perborg
»Photos and films left behind by the now forgotten portrait artist Bror Kronstrand form the basis for a rumination on how posterity will remember us, and about the conditions of the artist then and now. Entertaining, well done and thought-provoking«. Sara Wadell, GIFF.
Collaboration with Anna Viola Hallberg.
Year: 2014 Genre: Documentary Duration: 9 min Camera: Bror Kronstrand et al Based on footage from the image archive in Mariestad, the Bror Kronstrand collection Scanning 16 and 35 mm: SVT Theatrical mix: Gustaf Berger, Auditory
Photographic images come into the field of vision with a typical mechanical »clack« of a slide projector. Soberly but with a touch of admiration, an off-camera voice explains what happened at the airport on the way from Copenhagen to America.
Long story short: a small package of laundry detergent, a three centimetre pocketknife and a book on Islam caused such an uproar with the airport security personnel that the trip could only be continued after a long inspection.
Year: 2008-2009 Technique: Animation SD PAL, English voice-overDuration: 2.05 min Voice: Dave Morris
A thorough reflection upon what it takes to survive as an artist in general and as a video artist in particular. In a very personal and pedagogical way this video sorts out once and for all how to make money as a video artist. It punctuates prejudices using calculation examples from the author’s own art practice.
Year: 2012 Technique: Animation HD, Swedish or English voice-over Duration: 14 min Voices: Björn Perborg, Dave Morris Voice recording: Alexander Ott Theatrical mix / Mastering: Ljudligan Translation: Bianca Marsden
Procrastination is a pretty universal phenomenon. The possibility of instant satisfaction often appears far more attractive than some vague reward in the future. That is why many of us suddenly start to do the dishes, vacuum clean or tidy up the flat when we really should be preparing for an approaching deadline. In this film the artist Björn Perborg reveals how his plans for a two month residency in Copenhagen turned into something else and how he, in the end, had produced nothing but a short film about procrastination.
Year: 2015 Duration: 6.10 min Narration: Andrew Mottershead Music: Astor Piazzolla: Nightclub 1960, performed and recorded by Björn Perborg Theatrical mix / Mastering: Niklas Skarp Distribution: Filmform
It is late on election night 2014. The Alliance, with the new Labour Party in the lead, has prevailed for the third time in a row. In an interview new Labour Party chairman, comrade Fredrik Reinfeldt, reveals why he wants to reinstate slavery in Sweden. The work-actual meanings are drawn to a head when the final solution for welfare dependency is launched.
Year: 2010 Technique: Animation HD PAL, Swedish dialogue Duration: 4.08 min Voices: Frans Einarsson, Björn Perborg
Hilo mental, or Mental Floss, is a short stop motion animation that shows a ritual for mental hygiene. As the tolerances for what is accepted within the term normality are shrinking Mental Floss proposes yet another ironical self-help cure, and as such, there is of course a product involved, that can be bought and sold. Hilo Mental relates to the absurd fact that psychic ill-health is increasing side by side with economical growth.
Year: 2011 Technique: Animation HD Duration: 0.30 min
Continuous camera movement circling a table. Gloved hands add round marks on aerial photographs and drawings. Maybe they are preparing a terrorist attack. All objects seen are high-end designer objects.
Year: 2005 Technique: Video SD PAL Duration: 3.25 min Cast: Johan Möller, Attila Urban, Kjell Vänerbo
Echoing through time the words from a speech originally held in 1775 with depth of panoptical dimensions. Barricades of artificial control mechanisms are installed to protect us from our selves – the ever expanding distance between us.Rancorous Call consists of imagery of surveillance cameras arranged in a symphony to Sir Patrick Henry’s words uttered at St John’s Church in Richmond, USA, and here interpreted by Richard Schumann.
Collaboration with Anna Viola Hallberg. Completely based on found footages and sound collected from the Internet.
Year: 2006 Technique: Animation SD, English voice-over Duration: 1 min Voice: Richard Schumann
Two channel animation. One monitor shows a man grating his genitals on a grater before eating them. He immediately grows new genitals that he grates and eats over and over again. The other monitor shows the tools that he has been using. They are washed and everything seems to be completely normal.
Year: 2007 Technique: Animation HD PAL Duration: 1.09 min loop
Based on a true story. Swedish Migration Board sends a letter to an individual asylum seeker, instructing him to meet with his case officer to discuss an apprenticeship. Actually it’s a trap and the police are waiting. The asylum seeker is arrested and deported from the country. He then »disappears«.
Year: 2001 Technique: Animation SD PAL, Swedish dialogue Duration: 2.10 min
Immigrant Song is a two-channel video installation. On the first screen a drummer unpacks a typical drummer’s stick bag, filled with firework rockets, and plays a variation of John Bonham’s drum groove from Led Zeppelin’s »Immigrant Song« using firework rockets as drumsticks. On the other screen fireworks over a night sky go off in synchronisation with the drumbeats from the first screen.
Year: 2009 Technique: Video installation with two synchronised images Duration: 1.51 min loop Drummer: Hannes Lingens Cinematography: Claudia del Fierro & Björn Perborg Immigrant Song is distributed by Filmform.
Semi-curved construction with theatrical props, light sign and velvet cloth. Inside visitors can see a video recording from theatre Boudoir Intime in Falkenberg. Actors use real newspaper and magazine articles for script. All articles have the same content: three men discussing male vanity, ideals and relations. The articles speak in a didactic tone. Target group is young women presumably wanting to know how men think and what makes them tick.
Year: 2000 Technique: installation with video, Swedish dialogue Dimensions: 230 x 122 x 250 cm (7.55 ft x 4.00 ft x 8.20 ft) Duration video: 11 min Cast: Martin Östh, Bo Andersson, Michael Paulsson, Elin Gradin
The most unpleasant PowerPoint presentation in the world. Microsoft Clipart images illustrate »the new thoughts«, outlining the transfer of social responsibilities from society to single individuals. We call it »blame shifting«. Concept developed in collaboration with Karin Fransson, Lina Gillefalk and Kjell Vänerbo.
Year: 2004 Technique: Video SD PAL Duration: 2.41 min Voice: Frans Einarsson
In the pilot, »Cross over«, television chefs Frans and Björn cook a three course dinner: shrimps, dill cooked in red wine and served with white beans in tomato sauce, Swedish Falukorv sausage baked with walnuts and eggs flambé in cognac served with whipped cream. The kitchen is very messy and unclean. All over the place you see cook books, tooth brushes, a human skull and artists material – adding character to the already fashionably grimy environment. As a viewer you see creative cooking in the act but can also recognise something of your own attempts at domestic gastronomy.
The nesting box is a slightly oversized wooden nesting box with a video monitor and a speaker inside. The video monitor shows a man crying. Already from a distance you can hear the soft sound of crying that might also resemble birds’ twittering. The man cries, apparently without ever stopping – even sadder than that Dutch guy who disappeared from a sailing boat.
Year: 2012 Technique: Wood, dvd-player, lcd-screen Dimensions: 69 x 39 x 39 cm (27,2 in x 15,4 in x 15,4 in)
An exhibition consisting of five oversized suitcases and a two channel video installation. In a personal way, all the works reflect upon places, travelling, origin and nostalgia. Every suitcase hosts a miniature art exhibition space inside. Suitcase 1 shows an installation with an animation, »The warmest winter in 250 years«.
Finally, a two channel video installation is completing the show. It is »Immigrant Song«, in which, on one screen, Berlin-based drummer Hannes Lingens plays a variation of the drum groove from Led Zeppelin’s »Immigrant Song« using firework rockets as drumsticks. On the other screen fireworks on a night sky go off in synchronization with the drumbeats from the first screen.