Program 2018: We Just Do As We’re Told

The Swedish employment agency has registered 400 000 unemployed, and there are 40 000 jobs advertised – what then is the true function of the employment agency? And how do the people who work at the employment agency feel about the meaning of their work?

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Vi Bara Lyder, foto Fredrik Wenzel

In 2015 sociologist researcher Roland Paulsen published his study of the Swedish employment agency in the format of a reportage book, Vi bara lyder (We just do as we’re told). The book was turned into a script for Malmö Puppet Theatre, and the play Funktionell Dumhet (Functional stupidity) debuted the same year. In the play, the authentic lines from Paulsen’s study were voiced by cardboard puppets. Now the play has been filmed, and edited into a 30 minute documentary, by director Erik Holmström and filmmaker Fredrik Wenzel.

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Vi Bara Lyder, foto Fredrik Wenzel

What is the true function of the employment agency? Well for one thing, they have provided us with a number of statistics which we will go through in connection with the screening on Thursday!

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Vi Bara Lyder, foto Fredrik Wenzel

Program 2018: Are You Team Aniston Or Are You Team Jolie?

Screening in Höja on Thursday 19 July, and it’s an Election Special! Come by and help us make sense of this thing? We can talk about pizzas and personal voting, about hope found in demographics, about morality in the face of material reality.

Among the films shown will be Team Jolie by Hannah Black.

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Hannah Black, Team Jolie, 2014 (still). Courtesy the artist and Arcadia Missa.

In the video Team Jolie we get to consider a number of statements which at first seem like arguments pro and con the two actresses Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie – not just regarding which of the two is a better soul mate for Brad Pitt but also everything concerning what they mean and stand for as icons. Are you Team Aniston or are you Team Jolie?

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Hannah Black, Team Jolie, 2014 (still). Courtesy the artist and Arcadia Missa.

Rather than recounting a sexist media narrative, Team Jolie becomes both a poetic reflection and a theoretical analysis, point by point and line by line. Quoting from the script of the film:

Single bass beat. [Image of Jennifer Aniston’s left eye and text that reads “Team Aniston”]

I wanted to like her but I couldn’t. I could not stand her desire to be liked. I punished her minutely by withholding my affection as if this could do anything but affirm her power. Her achievement was the mirror of an indescribable failure. Even though when it became clear that although she was a machine for producing affection, she too had failed to be loved, I was not sure that I could forgive her the ease that she had previously been.

Single bass beat. [Image of Angelina Jolie’s lips and nose and text that reads “Team Jolie”]

Because pain is for everyone, she represented the fierce enjoyment of pain with whatever necessary emptiness in present social conditions. Someone who once really made me suffer or who was the premise for suffering I somehow may have wanted sent me some lines from Marx where Marx seems to suggest that in communism we might experience pain and pleasure differently. I was pleased to see a solution to the problem of who in communism would work in the sewers—perhaps even the smell of shit will be experienced differently then. Perhaps, like animals, we will no longer be alienated from what Benjamin calls “the most lost forgotten land of our own bodies.”

 

 

 

Screening: The Free Election

On Thursday July 19 we’ll be screening a micro-filmfestival at our main facility in Höja. Gates open at 21, screening begins at 21.30. Since this is an election year in Sweden, our screening has been themed and titled as Det Fria Valet – translated as The Free Election or The Free Choice.

We’ve got films and videos from Malmö Dockteater, Hannah Black, and David Blandy. Check back with us at the blog for more info on the films over the next few days. To figure out how they relate to the Swedish election, though, you’ll have to come on over to the screening on Thursday! It’s free.

Program 2018: Tutorial: How To Make A Short Video About Extinction, by David Blandy

As part of the program on May 18 in Kristianstad we’ll be screening Tutorial: How To Make A Short Video About Extinction, by David Blandy.

Extinction still 8David Blandy, Tutorial: How To Make A Short Video About Extinction. Courtesy the artist.

Tutorial: How to make a short video about Extinction” (2014) is a step by step tutorial showing you how to make a short video about extinction, using just the internet and video editing software.

David Blandy is an artist who works with the moving image in the digital world, from YouTube tutorials, music videos, television series, anime and the narrative sections of computer games; highlighting our relationship with popular culture and investigating what makes us who we are.

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David Blandy, Tutorial: How To Make A Short Video About Extinction. Courtesy the artist.

David Blandy (b. 1976) has exhibited at venues nationally and worldwide such as Bloomberg Space, London, UK; Art Tower Mito, Tokyo, Japan; Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland; Tate Modern, London; The Baltic, Gateshead; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Spike Island, Bristol; Random Acts on Channel Four; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; MoMA PS1, New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China. He co-wrote the graphic novel Out of Nothing, published by Nobrow Press. He is represented by Seventeen Gallery and his films are distributed by LUX.

www.davidblandy.co.uk

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David Blandy, Tutorial: How To Make A Short Video About Extinction. Courtesy the artist.

 

 

 

Program 2018: How To Civilize A Waterfall, By Hanna Ljungh

As part of the program on May 18 in Kristianstad we’ll be screening How to Civilize a Waterfall by Hanna Ljungh.

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Hanna Ljungh, How to Civilize a Waterfall, (still). Courtesy the artist.

“In the video How to Civilize a Waterfall, artist Hanna Ljungh performs an authoritative confrontation with nature, an indifferent and independent force. Inspired by the dramatic expressiveness of hard rock music, Ljungh challenges a waterfall and tries to persuade it to turn into a hydroelectric power plant. The text used in the video is based on the information about hydroelectric power distributed by one of Sweden’s largest power companies. The work reveals humanity’s comical and paradoxical relationship with nature.”  – more info over at the artist’s website

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Hanna Ljungh, How to Civilize a Waterfall, (still). Courtesy the artist.

 

 

Program 2018: The Fall Of Communism, By Hannah Black

As part of the program on May 18 in Kristianstad we’ll be screening The Fall Of Communism by Hannah Black.

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Hannah Black, Fall Of Communism, 2015 (still). Courtesy the artist and Arcadia Missa.

Quoting the Open Source website:

The Fall of Communism is a video initially made for the Whitney Independent Study Programme in New York. The work is a body falling into a hole into the ground and transforming into different people, expressed as remembered moments of different lives, as it falls deeper in towards the centre of the earth, but based very loosely on the life of Whitney Houston — her famous long notes become the cry of someone falling.”

Quoting Mousse Magazine:

“In The Fall of Communism (2015), the melismatic first syllables of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” chorus are aggressively chopped up as the camera plummets forever into a sinkhole that becomes a wet bodily passage that becomes a furry wormhole. We never get beyond that broken ‘and I’.”

Quoting Hannah Black from her Vimeo page:

“A person falling into the centre of the earth/of their body becomes another person and that person becomes another person and so on as they fall. Everyone becomes everyone else, it’s utopia or a disaster, or just everyday Life.”

We will be screening more works by Hannah Black this summer. Check the blog for more info!

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Hannah Black, Fall Of Communism, 2015 (still). Courtesy the artist and Arcadia Missa.

Hannah Black is an artist and writer from the UK, living and working in New York. Her work has been recently exhibited at Centre D’Art Contemporain (Geneva), mumok (Vienna) and Chisenhale (London) and in a number of galleries including Real Fine Arts (New York), Arcadia Missa (London), Château Shatto (Los Angeles) and W139 (Amsterdam). Readings and performances have taken place at the New Museum, Interstate Projects and Cage (New York) the Whitechapel, the Showroom, and Cafe Oto (London). Her writing has been published in Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, Harpers and frieze d/e, among other magazines. She is the author of two little books: Dark Pool Party (Dominica/Arcadia Missa, 2016) and Life (a collaboration with Juliana Huxtable (mumok, 2017).

 

 

First Screening Of The Year Of The Dog

Our first screening of the year takes place in the yard of the regional museum and konsthall of Kristianstad, on the night of May 18. The talk and the screening begins at 22.30 and lasts for about an hour.

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The screening follows a concert by Gaby and the Guns, and is part of an introduction to the project Man and Biosphere:

“Man and Biosphere, precarious situations, is an interdisciplinary, site specific project initiated by Caroline Mårtensson in cooperation with Kristianstads Konsthall and Naturum Vattenriket and together with a coregroup consisting of the artists Terje Östling, Nilsmagnus Sköld, Malin Lobell and the political scientist Johannes Stripple, as well as an external network of researchers and community workers. The project is based on the biosphere reserve of Kristianstad Vattenrike, -2.32 m below sea level, which means that the situation in relation to a changing climate is precarious. Part of climate psychology means that we need local examples to understand and take in what is happening globally.” – Quoted from the website of artist Caroline Mårtensson.

The regional authority Länsstyrelsen Skåne employs water strategists and have issued maps of the region of Skåne, showing what the waterlevels will be like in 100 years time. These maps are the basis for our introductory talk before the screening of the films in Kristianstad. Check out their work at link.

More info on the screening coming up shortly, including presentations of the videos in the program.