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.
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
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