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Thank you! Samples from the Oscars
Love Nordberg

In this video work you meet the artist all dressed up in a tuxedo, standing in what seems to be a ‘white nothing’. Over and over again he gives a thank you speech, without revealing whom he is thanking or why he is so thankful. The performance is without humor and the tone is personal but the speech itself is constructed by using bits and parts from various famous Oscar speeches. The whole speech, for instance, starts off with the sentence ‘It has been a long journey to this moment’ and ends with ‘Words seem so futile, so feeble. You are all such lovely, beautiful people. Thank you’. The first quote is from 1963 when Sidney Poitier won an Oscar as the first black male for best actor. The second one is from 1971 when Charlie Chaplin received an honorary Oscar for his lifetime achievement. In their original context they all express true feelings of gratitude and of love but put together the way they are in this work they become more like empty phrases and the speech becomes more like an generalized mantra, ready to be used for any event suitable.

Keywords Performance, Characters
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:02:30
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 2002
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About the artist

Love Nordberg lives and works in Stockholm. Education: 1997-2002 The National College of art and design, Stockholm (Konstfack) 1995-1997 Konstvetenskap och Praktisk filosofi, The University of Stockholm. 1994-1995 Nyckelviksskolan, Stockholm. Exhibitions and projects 2003 Nybakat – soloshow at Filmform with the work Trial and error – all you need is love. Högsta tillåtna upplevelse – group show at Häringe castle, organized by….Look of love – videoprogramme shown at Elverket in Stockholm and the Munch Museum in Oslo. Love is all you need (love, love, love…) – The Mini gallery at Modern Talking/ Gallery Enkehuset, Stockholm. 2002 Coming! – Swedish/Japanese exchangeproject with amongst others, Filmform and Hitomi Hasegawa. Dan Antonsson Ljuba Severovic – Exams show at Gallery Konstfack, Stockholm. The MTV – Videoinstallation / internetproject at Splintermind/Beeoff, Stockholm.