All posts by Bjorn Perborg

Karl & Carl – Still No Response From The Void

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.

Exhibition view from Galleri Box, Gothenburg, Sweden. Karl & Carl – Ännu inget svar från tystnaden 28/8–27/9, 2020.
Photo: Hendrik Zeitler
Exhibition view from Galleri Box, Gothenburg, Sweden. Karl & Carl – Ännu inget svar från tystnaden 28/8–27/9, 2020. Pulpet with curator.
Photo: Hendrik Zeitler
Exhibition view from Galleri Box, Gothenburg, Sweden. Karl & Carl – Ännu inget svar från tystnaden 28/8–27/9, 2020. Beware Of The God, Doghouse.
Photo: Hendrik Zeitler
Exhibition view from Galleri Box, Gothenburg, Sweden. Karl & Carl – Ännu inget svar från tystnaden 28/8–27/9, 2020. Basketball lamp.
Photo: Hendrik Zeitler
Exhibition view from Galleri Box, Gothenburg, Sweden. Karl & Carl – Ännu inget svar från tystnaden 28/8–27/9, 2020. Voyager II, coffin and animation cabinets.
Photo: Hendrik Zeitler
Exhibition view from Galleri Box, Gothenburg, Sweden. Karl & Carl – Ännu inget svar från tystnaden 28/8–27/9, 2020. Props, bird mask.
Photo: Hendrik Zeitler
Exhibition view from Galleri Box, Gothenburg, Sweden. Karl & Carl – Ännu inget svar från tystnaden 28/8–27/9, 2020. Handwritten note in display case.
Photo: Hendrik Zeitler

Year: 2020
Dimensions: 50 m2

What’s Important Now Is To Feel Bad

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.

What’s Important Now Is To Feel Bad, film still, Eric Rusch as Job Centre manager.
Photo: Viktor Nyåker
What’s Important Now Is To Feel Bad, film still, extras, close-up.
Photo: Viktor Nyåker
What’s Important Now Is To Feel Bad, film still, information meeting for unemployed people.
Photo: Viktor Nyåker
What’s Important Now Is To Feel Bad, film still, Eric Rusch as Job Centre manager in front of a whiteboard.
Photo: Viktor Nyåker

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

Eight-hour Day

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.

Eight-hour Day, film still, Björn Perborg with shopping cart.
Photo: Björn Perborg

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.

Blackmail

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.

Blackmail, film still, Frans Einarsson and Björn Perborg in white robes.
Photo: Björn Perborg
Blackmail, film still, wall with text Invasion.
Photo: Björn Perborg
Blackmail, film still, paper cuts for the words Botschaft von Kanada.
Photo: Björn Perborg

Year: 2019
Dialogue language: German and English
Duration: 4.33 min
Cast: Frans Einarsson & Björn Perborg

Making the Immortal

»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.

Making The Immortal, film still, Bror Kronstrand and woman in his studio.

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

The Trip to America

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.

The Trip To America, film still, paper box covered in tape labelled Checked Bagage is being opened by a knife.
Photo: Magnus Petersson
The Trip To America, film still, paper box covered in tape labelled Checked Bagage is being opened by a knife.
Photo: Magnus Petersson

Year: 2008-2009
Technique: Animation SD PAL, English voice-overDuration: 2.05 min
Voice: Dave Morris

Money and the Video Artist

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.

Money And The Video Artist, film still from animation, money and piano sculpture.
Photo: Björn Perborg

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

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.

Procrastination, film still by Björn Perborg, time clock and books.
Photo: Björn Perborg

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

Four More Years With the Alliance

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.

Four More Years With The Alliance, film still from animation, Fredrik Reinfeldt, ballons and journalist.
Photo: Björn Perborg

Year: 2010
Technique: Animation HD PAL, Swedish dialogue
Duration: 4.08 min
Voices: Frans Einarsson, Björn Perborg

Hilo Mental / Mental Floss

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.

Mental Floss, film still from animation by Björn Perborg. Mental Floss, detail.
Photo: Björn Perborg & Claudia del Fierro
Mental Floss, film still from animation by Björn Perborg.
Photo: Björn Perborg & Claudia del Fierro

Year: 2011
Technique: Animation HD
Duration: 0.30 min

Design & Terrorism

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.

Design & Terrorism, still from video, toast with whiskey glasses and cigar.
Photo: Björn Perborg

Year: 2005
Technique: Video SD PAL
Duration: 3.25 min
Cast: Johan Möller, Attila Urban, Kjell Vänerbo

RANCOROUS CALL

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.

Rancorous Call, film still from animation by Anna Viola Hallberg & Björn Perborg, surveillance cameras.
Photo: Anna Viola Hallberg & Björn Perborg

Year: 2006
Technique: Animation SD, English voice-over
Duration: 1 min
Voice: Richard Schumann

Rivjärn [Grater]

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.

Grater, video installation, animation, at Konsthallen JR, two TV-sets in shopping window.
Photo: Björn Perborg

Year: 2007
Technique: Animation HD PAL
Duration: 1.09 min loop

Swedish Migration Board 14.40

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«.

Swedish Migration Board 14.40, film still from animation, office worker at his desk with computer.
Photo: Björn Perborg
Swedish Migration Board 14.40, film still from animation, policemen hiding in armchairs.
Photo: Björn Perborg
Swedish Migration Board 14.40, film still from animation, airplane leaves the country.
Photo: Björn Perborg
Swedish Migration Board 14.40, film still from animation, speaking planet Earth in space.
Photo: Björn Perborg

Year: 2001
Technique: Animation SD PAL, Swedish dialogue
Duration: 2.10 min

Perfume Factory

n the style of a children’s television program, the making of the world’s most expensive perfume, Carambole, with the irresistible fragrance of a new born babies, is revealed.

Perfume Factory, film still from animation, infants approaching mincer.
Photo: Björn Perborg

Year: 2000
Technique: Animation PAL, French dialogue, English or Swedish subtitles
Duration: 2.12 min
Voices: Michel Droetto, Irene Elmerot

Immigrant Song

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.

Immigrant Song, video installation, fireworks, projection on a wall.
Photo: David Brandt
Immigrant Song, video installation, wall with video monitors showing a drummer.
Photo: David Brandt

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.

Of course I shave my balls

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.

Of Course You Shave Your Balls, video installation with light sign.
Photo: Zsuzsanna Gilice
Of Course You Shave Your Balls, research material, article, three men discussing.

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

Blame it on yourself school

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.

Blame It Yourself-school, video still, powerpoint.

Year: 2004
Technique: Video SD PAL
Duration: 2.41 min
Voice: Frans Einarsson

Cuisine Bizarre

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.

Collaboration with Frans Einarsson.
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Cuisine Bizarre on YouTube.

Cuisine Bizarre, video still, Frans Einarsson and Björn Perborg with sandwiches and cigarette.
Photo: Leia Sademyr

Year: 2004-2014
Technique: Video SD PAL (TV), Swedish dialogue
Duration: Varying (up to 28 min per episode)
Cast: Frans Einarsson, Björn Perborg
Cinematography: Virgil Dejarv

Piano

Narrow piano with three white and two black keys.

Piano, narrow piano with three white and two black keys, sculpture by Björn Perborg, bird’s eya view.
Photo: Björn Perborg
Piano, narrow piano with three white and two black keys, sculpture by
Photo: Björn Perborg

Year: 2007
Technique: Wood, metal, felt, ivory
Dimensions: 26 x 49 x 116 cm (10.14 in x 19.11 in x 44.24 in)
Courtesy of the municipality of Gothenburg, Sweden

Nesting Box

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.

Nesting Box, video sculpture by Björn Perborg with crying man inside.
Photo: Björn Perborg

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)

Stories From the Suitcase

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«.

Suitcase 2 shows another animation, »The tallest mountain in Europe«. Suitcase 3 shows another animation, »The city I live in«. Suitcase 4 shows yet another animation, »All the dead I’ve seen«. Suitcase 5 shows a photo exhibition entitled »Airport chapels«. It is a series of architecture documentation, documenting airport chapels – the prayer or meditation rooms that are to be found in most international airports. Also included is »The trip to America«, a slideshow with narration.

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.

Stories From The Suitcase, video installation with suitcases at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Geschichten aus dem Koffer, videoinstallation med resväskor på Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.
Photo: David Brandt
Stories From The Suitcase, video installation with suitcases at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, interior from one of the suitcases, miniature exhibition. Geschichten aus dem Koffer, videoinstallation med resväskor på Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, interiör från en av väskorna, miniatyrutställning.
Photo: David Brandt
Stories From The Suitcase, video installation with suitcases at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, suitcase on podium. Geschichten aus dem Koffer, videoinstallation med resväskor på Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, resväska på podium.
Photo: David Brandt

Year: 2009
Technique: Plywood, fittings, cloth, paint, LCD-screens, media players, photo, LED-light, video, animation
Dimensions: 150 m2 (179.4 yd2)