Video “Our desires and the dirty work” by Helena Norell
A meditativ reflektion over the circumstanses of contempory life.
Where an abundance of some persons, their desires and greed requires dirty low paid sometimes dangerous work of others.
Will mankind ruin the world?
Video “Towards The Sun” by Mats Landström
min. Full film 4:20
A video from the exhibition Juxtapose Art Fair
August 20-22, 2021, Aarhus, Denmark
Cast: Helena Norell, Mats Landström
Video and Sound Design by Mats Landström.
An installation and collaborative work by
Christina Göthesson, Helena Norell, Katarzyna Piorek, Mariana Ekner and Nina Wedberg Thulin.
In ATTENTION ATTENTION different voices form a choir approaching the subject of abundance in our time of
overconsumption. We want to stop time and preserve our existence on earth. Just one minute left – a pivotal
moment!? The clock strikes with the same firmness as the rhythm of the metronome. A mirror reflecting our
faces and silhouettes trapped in the cages of our needs and consumption.
Another voice reflects on the origin of life as we know based on Carbo number 6 in cages with wooden
objects and carbon powder. A bird rising, made in copper, one of the so-called coin-metals, and podium
wood. A silhouette of a man in one of the cages, burnt newspaper based on firewood from Nov.9th, 1989
during the fall of the Berlin Wall. In clear contrast to the elements of life come golden chains, shoes,
champagne, and fur in cages for mink and other animals used in the fur industry.
Our desires and the dirty work a four-minute video and a meditative reflection on abundance for some, desires
and greed requires dirty low paid and sometimes dangerous work for others.
Shut-in, shut out. Cages with barbed wire. The wire creates sharp fencing or protection from what comes from
outside. Cages that capture and conserve. Thoughts about breeding, confinement, exclusion, control,
transparency. ATTENTION can be written with the help of wire or in sugar cubes as the words HERE AND
NOW. ATTENTION ATTENTION HERE AND NOW repeated by the Mynahbirds on the fictive island of Pala – a
land far far away. A utopia, reality, or dream? Something we all long for. From the book Island by Aldous
The idea of using cages as an element for the installation came from learning about mink farming in Jylland,
and what happened in connection with the pandemic 2020/2021.
Christina Göthesson: initiator, barbed wire firstname.lastname@example.org
Helena Norell: video, gold, champagne email@example.com
Katarzyna Piorek: mirrors, clocks, metronome firstname.lastname@example.org
Mariana Ekner: bird sculpture, wood, burnt paper email@example.com
Nina Wedberg Thulin: title, letters in sugarcubes firstname.lastname@example.org