In this large-format video work, the viewer follows the camera’s journey through the confined space of a music box – a small mechanical toy which has been in my family’s possession for several generations. Under its lid, however, the choreography of rotating cogwheels run by the unwinding spring does not reveal any lost memories or personal nostalgia. Instead, the abstraction of automated movements creates a sensation of the scaleless space of machines, and the imaginary landscapes associated with them. The tiny mechanics of the box take on an industrial character, creating a magnified microcosm.
Through the extreme proximity of the camera, the intimacy of a personal object coexists with machine-age alienation.
Single channel installation, HD video, black and white, sound, 26:55 min (continuous loop). Projection dimension ~ 4 x 3 meters.
Jakob Oredsson (Assistant Jonas Dahlberg Studio), Rasmus Wimby (Editing)
Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna, and Göteborgs konstmuseum, Gothenburg. Thanks to Sten A Olssons Stiftelse för Forskning och Kultur (Producers)
Installation view Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna, 2015
Installation view, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, 2015
Press play for a 2:40 minute excerpt of the video