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Searching for the European Roller
Hillside Projects

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
Latest screening Apr 29, 2021
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About the artist

 Hillside Projects

Hillside Projects is an artist duo consisting of Emily Berry Mennerdahl & Jonas Böttern. Their multidisciplinary practice is manifested as installations and performances including video, text, drawing and artist publications. Prompted by current events in and around nature, they apply methods of storytelling and performative actions in a desire to talk about the stories of and between humans and non-humans, as well as notions of hope and despair, remorse and guilt. Living in the sixth mass extinction, the on-going extinction event of species, mainly as an event of human activity, Hillside Projects attempt to relay the tragedies, comedies and stories of the natural world and its inhabitants.

Single inquiries into the lives of disappearing birds, the re-introduction of species, commemorations to the lost and details from on-going extinctions are presented in a variety of formats and situations. Videos, lecture performances, public presentations and publications become intertwined and offer details from a larger story on ecological exploitation

Hillside Projects was formed in 2011, during a longer stay in India. Residing on the top of a hill in a small village in the south, conversations and daily excursions evolved into larger projects. Travel, movement and exchange have always been important elements for both artists and continues to be so within the collaboration. Music, alternative healing practices, writing, daily yoga practice and travel continue to inspire their work.