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Copenhagen Postmen’s Orchestra 1996
Annika Eriksson

This series of videos draws on a now defunct tradition of postmen meeting in their spare time and playing in bands. The activity, closely connected with the union, was a regular occurrence in Scandinavia, with annual conventions and large meetings of the postmen orchestras. In this work they were asked to interpret and perform a piece outside their regular repertoire, Sour Times by Portishead. In real time, and with a static camera, the members were filmed entering the space, performing, and thereafter, leaving the room. This work, which has affinities with other pieces of similar logic and method in my practice, works with the video medium as a form of time-capsule, with the group portrait as a mode of representation and categorisation, and a fascination with changing forms and conditions of identification, labour and class. 

Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:08:46
Color Color
Year 1996
Latest screening Nov 19, 2021
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About the artist

Annika Eriksson

Annika Eriksson is originally from Malmö and lives in Berlin since 2002. At the center of her artistic practice is an interest in social interaction: how do we live together, what kind of societies do we create, and what happens in the margins or in the transition from one social order to another? In her work, the social has always involved a key emphasis on the slippages between the one ME into others – with a return to questions of interaction and exchange, circular forms of communication, self-abnegation and empathy. Her project also engages with the relations between humans and animals; of our interdependence, slippages and connection, but also registers of violation, and the animal as a distinctively human projection surface. She has been exhibiting since the early 90s in various biennales and institutions, for example the biennales in Istanbul, Venice, Sao Paolo, Shanghai and Vienna; in institutions such as Bonner Kunstverein, Tate Liverpool, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Hayward Gallery, London and Moderna Museet, Malmö and Stockholm.