Björn Perborg & Anna Viola Hallberg


Title: Rancorous Call
Production Year: 2006
Format: DVD, NTSC or PAL, region free
Run time: 60 sec
Language: English
Subtitles: Non
Genre: Found footage/animation/surveillance

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.

Voice over segment from Patrick Henrys speech in 1775:
“Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable – and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Björn Perborg (SE), artist/curator
With a MFA in Fine Art from Valand School of Fine Arts, Gothenburg 1998-2003, Örebro, Moscow and Gothenburg Schools of Music 1993-1997. Recent solo shows include Geschichten aus dem Koffer at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and DinA4 Projekte in Munich, Germany.

Anna Viola Hallberg (SE) curator/artist
With a background as Sr Creative Producer at an independent advertising/pr agency in New Yorks Hallberg returned to the visual arts field, as practitioner and lecturer. Hallberg has a curatorial degree from Stockholm University as well as a BA in cinema studies. Master of Arts in International Museum Studies, University of Gothenburg, with a thesis on contemporary art in museum exhibitions outside the paradigm of the art institution. Hallberg is frequently collaborating with Annica Karlsson Rixon with works such as Resonance and State of Mind.
See also: www.annaviolahallberg.com

Hallberg & Perborg
Gård 655

SE-473 94 Henån

Website: www.bjornperborg.com/rancorouscall.html

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