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Sharks in the Darkness
BY
Jon Brunberg

The Swedish rock band Revlon 9 performs the song ‘Sharks’ in complete darkness, while they’re being filmed with an infrared sensitive video camera. The setting is a small cabin in a remote part of the Stockholm Archipelago where the band has gathered to record some songs. The result is a music video with a prologue and an epilogue which is also filmed in darkness where the band members are discussing the their performance problems because of the darkness. This video is included in the bigger interactive video installation ‘Disjunction (and nowhere to turn to)’ where it appears mixed together with other documentary footage.

Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:08:00
Color Color
Year 2000
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About the artist

Jon Brunberg

Born 1964 in Stockholm. Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Using current issues on contemporary society and politics and conceptions about human organisation in general as his input, Jon Brunberg’s work deals with the possible in forms of transformations and visualizations of power and human activity. He often uses video as a part in bigger installations, where he includes documentary material that is sometimes mixed with live footage. One example is the installation ‘Disjunction (and nowhere to turn to)’, in which the visitor is lured into a pitch black room where his/hers movements are monitored by two infrared sensitive cameras. The images from the cameras are projected in an adjacent room and mixed with documentary footage, thus blurring the border between live and documentary. This installation has been shown in the group shows ‘CRAC’ at Liljevalchs Konsthall in Stockholm, and ‘5ive Projects’ at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Other projects where video is included are more long term and process based. One example is ‘The Utopian World Championship’, which is run by the artist group SOC.Stockholm of which he is a member, and recently ‘The Polynational War Memorial’. The former have been presented in various context but recent exhibitions includes Gallery Hlemmur in Reykjavik and Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin. For the latter project he has been awarded a production grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Jon Brunberg graduated with an MFA from Konstfack in Stockholm 1996. He is a member of the artist group SOC.Stockholm since 1999. Besides of his artistic practise he has worked at Konstfack (1996-1998) and CRAC (1998-2000) and operates as a freelance since 2000.

The Utopian World Championship: www.soc.nu/utopian
The Polynational War Memorial: www.war-memorial.net

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