Performance: December 1 & 2, 2007
Participants: Lisa Jeannin, Rolf Schuurmans, Morgan Schagerberg, Sofia Pontén, Nina Wickman, Karolina Bång, Nova Mård, Lo Pettersson-Lundgren, Mathias Kristersson, Seffira Luppichini, Karin Rydberg, Moa Fahlander & Andreas Nordström
Duration: 1 hour
A performance for those of you who believe that you too might be related to the goblins.
In between our world and the dream, there is an abandoned city that has been taken over by the goblins. There is also a green goddess, a confused gangster in a mirror cabinet, a short-sighted gorilla with a camera as one of her eyes and a big spider in a sleeping-bag. G G G & G – Gorilla Goddess Gangster and the Goblins (2007) is a video myth consisting of three animated movies, shown simultaneously. It revolves around parallel worlds and different ways of seeing: objectively, subjectively and something in between. The animations from the video G G G & G are spilled out in the room and new elements, characters and events are added: a checked floor, a bar with a ceiling of plastic bags, an old piano, a big industrial fan and a shadow theatre. The audience stands on a square surrounded by ten mummies who are busy with various duties. Some sit on the floor playing cards, one stands holding a life-size pen, another sleeps in a sleeping-bag and two are cooking. The light in the shadow theatre is switched on and a small character in a professor’s hat gives life to the trolls, swirling on floes of ice and fighting through a snowstorm. Through a camera in the hat, the little professor’s play is directly projected onto the walls. The images are suddenly halted. There is nothing but silence. Two mummies enter, playing a cheerful piano piece. They continue by turning on the big fan, blowing cards into air. A green goddess appears and invites everyone to dinner at the bar. After the meal, all mummies gather in the square and complete the evening with a dance.
The works of Lisa Jeannin and Rolf Schuurmans (born in 1972 in Sweden and Holland, respectively, live and work in Hakebo, Sweden) are often situated halfway between reality and fable, gravity and humour where seemingly disparate events are seamlessly conjoined. With play and games as key elements, dolls and everyday objects are endowed with magic life, living among the rest of us. In their video installations, there are often movies within the films. Sequences with live people and animals are mixed with stop-motion animations and super-8 takes.