Patrik Bengtsson

Collaborations:

Vidundret och porten mot väster / Doldrums

Two projects for the GIBCA, where a group of people (the fox, the owl and secret spy´s) worked with a gesamtkunstwerk containing live action, interactivity, performance and storytelling through moving images and role play.

Catalogue text for Vidundret och porten mot väster (The Monster and the gate towards the west)

–We must defend ourselves, against the flow, against the floating state, dark forces and objects coming at us. We create a net, a defence and a resistance, a weave of thin but sticky threads. We gather information, we show you the way.

Katarina Nitsch and Patrik Bengtsson create a web-based work with threads out into the city of Göteborg. Based on how the internet is used for activism, information sharing and surveillance, the artists have created two characters – Owl and Fox – who lead the fight against an evil monster threatening the city. Via a liaison office in central Göteborg, they collect data; video clips from mobiles, texts and image messages sent in from their investigators spread across the city. The liaison office controls the investigators and gives them new instructions. Follow the work online at www.goteborg.biennal.org/doorway

Venue: Follow this work online at www.goteborg.biennal.org/doorway

Time: Friday 17 June at 10am–5pm

Catalogue text for Doldrums

We must defend ourselves, against the flow, against the floating state, dark forces and objects coming at us. We create a net, a defence and a resistance, a weave of thin but sticky threads. We find the tracks, we gather information, we are everywhere and we are prepared.

Two characters, Owl and Fox, are determined to pursue the fight against the malicious monster threatening the city. Via a liaison office in the center of Gothenburg, they collect data; video clips, texts and image messages from mobile phones sent from their investigators.
From the liaison office they can govern and give their investigators new clues and directions. On the 17th of June 2011 the continuously submitted material was posted at www.goteborg.biennal.org/doorway as well as the image from a surveillance camera recording Fox and Owl while working. Then everything went dark and silent. A state of interregnum emerged, and we are still floating now visible at www.goteborg.biennal.org/doldrums