Spooky Campfire Stories, 2020
part of Trøndelagsutstillingen, August 2020
TSSK, Trondheim
video 11:11m

A video installation work confronting the reality
of neo-liberal political and economic structures
and policies over the first decades of our century
via a single violent act, the burning of my
Australian passport.

 

As a stand in for the burning plant and animal
life, this implant starts to burn slowly and
subsequently engulfs in flames before our
eyes. As a not-so-subtle metaphor for bushfire
catastrophe it also stands as a direct political
pushback, soundtracked by recordings of the
actual bushfire played in reverse, trying, while
futile, to reverse time itself.

 

The film is further scored with a bizzare reading
of Alan Greenspan’s ‘The Age of Turbulence,’
the book being read by Ingvar Kamprad, founder of Ikea, at his time of death. The story this financial icon and follower/lover of Ayn Rand tells is of his personal importance in the preservation, at all cost, of the financial status quo.

 

Documentation Photos: Susann Jamtøy/ Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst 2020

©2020 Anton Benois