Rancorous Call (2006) (video still)

Rancorous Call

Title: Rancorous Call
Artists: Anna Viola Hallberg & Björn Perborg
Production Year: 2006
Format: Single Channel, Color, Stereo, HD Video or DVD, NTSC or PAL, region free
Duration: 60 sec
Language: English
Subtitles: Non
Genre: Found footage/animation/surveillance

Echoing through time the words from a speech originally held in 1775 with depth of panoptical dimensions. Barricades of artificial control mechanisms are installed to protect us from our selves – the ever expanding distance between us.

Voice over segment from Patrick Henrys speech in 1775:
“Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable – and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come. It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Rancorous Call consists of imagery of surveillance cameras arranged in a symphony to Sir Patrick Henry’s words uttered at St John’s Church in Richmond, USA, and here interpreted by Richard Shumann. Completely based on found footages and sound collected from the Internet.

Rancorous Call Screened at:
::: Malmo Sommarscen 2010. 28 July, 10pm, Slottstradgarden, Malmo, Sweden.

::: The International video and contemporary arts festival Waterpieces 2009, Riga, Latvia, 4-6 September.
The programme will consist of works from Art Video Screenings archive. >>>

:::Urban Jealousy, The 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Belgrad, April 2009 >>>

::: Art Video Screening, Curators Jonas Nilsson & Eva Olsson at LOOP Videoart, International Festival & Fair for Videoart, Barcelona, Spain, 2009

::: Urban Jealousy, The 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Berlin 20 Nov. 2008 – 7 Dec. 2008, >>>

::: Urban Jealousy, The 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Curated by Serhat Koksal and Amirali Ghasemi, Istanbul, Turkey, 2008

::: Art Video Screening, Örebro, Sweden, April 2008

::: Art Outside ~ Making the revolution happen, Austin TX USA, March 2008

::: Galleri 54, Göteborg, December 2006

::: One Minute Film Festival, Toronto, CA, November 2006

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