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.
The Collectors retells a story about the Collyer brothers, who lived as recluses in New York City during the first half of the 20th century. Newspaper clippings, archive photographs, text and animated reconstructions are kept in filing cabinets. All together they speak about solitude, collecting mania and a stubborn fight for acceptance.
The Collyer brothers collected almost anything. When they died a hole had to be made in the roof to get in and clean the place out. Fifteen pianos, three tailor’s dummies, the chassis of a T-ford, a dinosaur egg, an early x-ray equipment, the jawbones of a horse, five violins, Christmas trees, two organs, fifteen thousand books about medicine, pinup pictures, baby carriages and more than six tons of newspapers were among the things removed from the house.
Making the Immortal is a poetical/political non-fiction film and installation by Anna Viola Hallberg and Björn Perborg exploring man’s quest to be remembered. This is made via the life and work of a portrait painter who passed away half a decade ago, Bror Kronstrand. Once an acclaimed artist who travelled the world extensively, today he is almost completely forgotten.
Making the Immortal is a subjective work where two artists reflect upon the traces of a third. The project is predominantly built upon archive material that has been reformatted to the selected narrative(s). Private photographs, newspaper clippings, objects, 16 and 35 mm film are taken further through video, photography, slideshows, facsimiles and enlarged segments of letters.
Interactive video installation in the shape of an ordinary kitchen. As doors and drawers are being opened it is not cutlery, cups or gravy boats that are exposed but a selection from Cuisine Bizarre’s extensive production of cooking shows.
Collaboration with Frans Einarsson. Realised with the support of Konstnärsnämnden, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Year: 2014 Technique: Kitchen, monitors, magnet switches etc. Dimensions: 160 x 60 x 210 cm (63 in x 23.6 in x 82.7 in)
In Stories From the Suitcase a David Attenborough-like voice-over guides us through five such stories presented inside a blown-up sculptural scenography. The interest for meta-art and artists’ economic conditions is represented in Money And the Video Artist.
Finally, a couple of brand new works are also shown. The Cuisine Bizarre Kitchen is an interactive video installation made in collaboration with Frans Einarsson and with the support of Konstnärsnämnden, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Most of the works had never been shown in Sweden before.