Performance: April 28, 2007
Duration: 40 minutes
On the evening of the 28th of April, all lamps are turned off outside Lilith Performance Studio. The premises seem closed. Only a feeble spotlight is seen inside, directed towards a huge, naturalistically sculpted human brain in wet clay. Behind the damp brain, Saralunden, dressed in a black suit, stands up playing a slow opening sequence on her electric guitar. The sound from the amplifier echoes in the naked space. When the audience is gathered around the brain, Saralunden starts singing her own melancholic songs in German, a language she has chosen because she does not fully master it. This gives the lyrics the same importance and meaning as the costume, the music and the brain. After two songs, she leaves the room with the words ’”Eine moment” (A moment). She soon re-enters again, this time wearing a cabaret-like dress and a big black plume on her head. A last song is performed, ending with: “Das was Alles!” (That´s all!).
Saralunden (born in 1970 in Gothenburg, Sweden, lives and works in Stockholm) is the stage name used by Sara Lundén in her music, film and performance works. Saralunden has developed a characteristic style where she, with a personal touch, mixes music genres such as disco, chanson, electronica and minimal wave. Saralunden often makes her performances in the form of music concerts, to which she adds elements to twist the experience further. In The Human Mke Stand (2007) she uses a man from the audience to hold her microphone during the whole performance. Another example is One hour sad songs from the mouth of a self-made woman (2008), a concert-like performance where the listeners only get to hear the song and speech of Saralunden through a contact microphone taped to her throat.