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

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:


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 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