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.


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!


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.

We’re Back Online

kronartskocka 1Artichoke called Green Globe, technically not supposed to survive the Swedish winter, but now sprouting at the main facility of the Sunshine Socialist Cinema

After a lengthy winter break, we’re back in full force, both at the blog and in public space. Friday next week there’ll be a screening outside Kristianstad Konsthall, with three videos and a talk on the future flooded landscape of Scania. More info over the next few days, right here at the blog.

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Another artichoke sprouting. Technically, again, our part of the country went straight from what is termed meteorological autumn to meteorological spring (seven days straight with rising average temperatures between 0 and 10 degrees C), without any winter inbetween.

Coming up at the blog, finally, are the first three texts from various writers on the theme of what a socialist cinema could potentially be, and do, and mean. We’re very excited to launch this feature, which will reoccur periodically over the coming years. Our first three contributions come from John Jordan, Frida Sandström, and Lisa Rosendahl. It’s all part of our ongoing discussion on how to develop what we do here at the Sunshine Socialist Cinema. Check back shortly for the first entry!

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Artichokes are grown in the communist utopia of Marinaleda in Andalusia since the tending of them is quite labor-intensive, meaning that they create job opportunities – Marinaleda has virtually no unemployment, whereas the rest of Andalusia has an unemployment rate of 24 % (2018 Q1).



Recent articles on the activities of the Cinema:

Daily newspaper HD ran a piece in anticipation of the last screening, ‘Dags igen för solkraftsbio i Höja’, written by Henrik Berglind-Dehlin and found here

Elina Pahnke wrote a piece about the screening and the films shown, ‘Höjas soliga socialister konfronterar det radikalt annorlunda’, published on the ‘Culture’ page of local daily HD, here

Syndicalist weekly paper Arbetaren published an article about the cinema, ‘Skånsk utomhusbio på solceller femårsjubilerar’ (a follow-up piece to another article they ran about us five years ago), written by Andréa Hillgren and available here

Happy New Five Year Plan (IV)

As part of the re-structuring of our activities over the next five years, we’ll be discussing the question: what could a socialist cinema potentially be, and do, and mean? We’re looking for definitions and visions and plans for action, we’re aiming to better ourselves, and we’re asking you all for help to do this.

We’ve asked writers and thinkers to supply us with food for thought, to get the ball rolling. Meaning there will be some commissioned texts, which attempt to answer or go beyond the questions we’re posing. Coming shortly, right here on the blog, is an article by Frida Sandström (writer, producer, artist, and more), called Situated Images.

You are cordially invited to join the discussion!

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Confront etc.

publik 2.jpgSome images from the screening last week. Photos by Peter Nilsson who has been a regular visitor to the cinema since 2012.

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A great big thank you to the audience, which temporarily swelled the ranks of our study group, and contributed some great conversations about the films shown.


It was a beautiful night.


Chestnuts In The Library (Happy New Five Year Plan III)

The cinema has a library of reference books, which has been growing slowly over the years. All the books can be borrowed by the inhabitants of the village where we’re situated. We’ve discussed how to develop the library, and have looked at for example the work of seedbanks to come up with ideas (seedbanks lend you seeds, you plant them, grow something, then bring new seeds back to the bank the next year).

Some of our books, like Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard and The Resilient Farm And Homestead by Ben Falk, have discussed the replacement of annual crops with chestnut trees. Their arguments sound sensible, especially as trees are longterm traps for carbon dioxide.


From The Resilient Farm And Homestead by Ben Falk

Edible chestnuts have a hard time in most of Sweden, but here in the south there are many trees to be found – next to the entrance of Malmö Konsthall for example – and they also manage to produce nuts.

We found a tree just north of Höganäs which has survived for almost a century, and which also produces nuts of an OK size (most of the other trees we looked at had chestnuts the size of seeds). We left some of these chestnuts in a plastic bag in the fridge and forgot about them until springtime. By then they had all started sprouting.


We now have around fifty plants of edible-chestnut trees, to give away to visitors of the cinema. They’re on the shelves of the library, and if you take one home and plant it, you can bring us back a chestnut in five years time. We’ll be here, probably working on a new five year plan.


It’s A Date!

Screening coming up, on Wednesday July 19. It’ll be at our main facility in Höja. Facebook-page got details. We would love to have you all over for film and popcorn!

Local daily newspaper already ran an article in anticipation of the event. It’s illustrated with old photos from our premiere in 2012, when we was young an full of beans. Here, in Swedish.