“Sons of bitches” | Video Projection (02:15)

Art by luck, might be a good description of this work. The video material is from a dance performance with boys aged 6-9, I was present as a proud father. Under this act I was filming and focusing through a camera lens, I was suddenly aware of the song lyrics. No one around me noticed this. Everyone’s focus was on the children and the visual experience.

How much around us, are we involuntary exposed to as an audience? What are the cultural references we have as Norwegians and what does a subconscious experience served in English packaging do to us. How does this affect children, is it harmless because it is a different language? Those responsible for the dance show is, of course, had not noticed the text, I suggested that they should replace it for next time…

Sound and footage has NOT been edited, originally filmed in DV format, text added in AAE.

Derimot hintes det politisk til temaet i videoverket «Sons of Bitches» av Hans Gerhard Meier. Obskøne hiphop-tekster projiseres på veggen, avløst av barn som danser i en gymsal og foreldre som ser på dem, naivt uvitende om det støtende innholdet.

Oda Bhar


Other screenings:

• Høstutstillingen 123
• KINOKINO
• Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum
• Landmark, Bergen
• Gråmølna, Trondheim Kunstmuseum

Video Art in primary schools
Early 2013 a video program which focuses on the relation between body and identity will be launched at Hokksund Ungdomsskole. The video artists Jumana Manna, Charlotte Thiis Evensen, Mattias Härenstam, Kristine Øksendal and Hans Gerhard Meier are participating with video works containing subjects like physical strain, doubt concerning the choice of wearing the hijab, ”customizing” and controlled use of the body. The program is curated by Susanne Ø. Sæther and is a cooperation between KORO, Atelier Nord, Hokksund ungdomsskole and Øvre Eiker Municipality. [more…]



Press


Oda Bhar: Politisk eller bare pen?
(Høstutstillinga 2010)

Grimstad Short Film Festival 2011