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Searching for the European Roller
Hillside Projects (Artist group)

Searching for the European Roller takes place in several public and private institutions across Sweden. It targets to mimic the purpose of educational videos and playfully applies an academic voice whilst exploring strategies of storytelling. The video weaves in and out of the history of a disappearing blue bird whilst re-tracing its memories and emotions. It excavates the many layers surrounding the birds’ need for departure and the strong national desire for its return. In doing so, concepts of migration and identity are connected to a larger political understanding of belonging.

Keywords Nature, Animal
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:16:36
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2017
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About the artist

Hillside Projects (Artist group)

Hillside Projects is an artistic collaboration between Emily Mennerdahl and Jonas Böttern. The two artists develop interdisciplinary projects that are manifested through video, lecture performances, artist books and text. With an interest in methods of storytelling, performative strategies and collaboration, they set out to explore and discover our relationship with the “natural” and aim to open up for conversations around utopia and dystopia, hope and hopelessness.