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Look Out!
Johanna Billing

Look Out!, 2003 takes as its starting point the rapid transformation of East London as a result of gentrification. The film features a prominent film studio turned luxury apartment building—Gainsborough Studios—during the autumn of 2003. An estate agent shows an incongruous bunch of youngsters around a new luxury development, starkly contrasted by frames of old council housing and dilapidated public spaces which come into view.

Keywords Architecture
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format
Duration 00:05:20
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2003
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About the artist

Johanna Billing

Jönköping, Sweden, 1973; lives and works in Stockholm

Johanna Billing has been making video works since 1999 that weave together music, movement and rhythm. Merging the production modes of collective live events and workshops with a cinematic language, the films often focus on aspects of learning and how time plays a key role in that process. Billing in part directs the participants and in part activates a series of improvisations around the notion of performance and the possibility it holds to explore issues of the public and the private as well as the individual in the society as a whole. Billing often addresses political climates and cultural specificities. She transforms through a documentary method, her filmmaking in a fictive space to examine actual and contrived events and how that filmed compression illuminates their overlap. Billing’s videos often feature modified scores and music composed by the artist or in close dialogue with participants, using sound as an essential device for collaboration and communication.