(2013)

THE HELLENIANS (A CAMERACOREOGRAPHICAL APPROPRIATION OF DER RECHTE WEG).
Taking into account that art and culture always have a latency for (and are about) manipulation and displacement of meaning, the film The Hellenians (A Camera-Choreographical Appropriation of Der Rechte Weg) is about two very different groups, both inspired by the German Lebensreform movement at the turn of the last century: proto-hippie ecologists and body oriented back-to-nature Nazis.
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From a more abstract point of view, the film is about displacement and repetition. Camera-choreographically the film repeats cutting, framing and timing from the film Der Rechte Weg (1983) by the Swiss artist duo Fischli & Weiss, while two filmic characters (actors) move through nature having a semi-philosophical dialog that thematically moves through transformation, appropriation, reproduction and exodus. Thus the camera focuses and moves independently of the two characters – or the other way around. But it is exactly this relationship – between camera, actors and dialog, and consequently the relationship between original film and appropriated film – that constitutes the film’s main focus of attention.
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That the two characters walk around dressed in grey woolen cloaks is supposed to refer to the Hellenians on Refsnæs – a group of Danish painters from the 1890’s that – inspired by the Lebensreform movement and, through them, ancient Greece – wanted to return to nature.
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That the two characters are art students placed in the present is given away by their dialog – in fact, they are more connected to the rat and bear, the two main characters of Der Rechte Weg (Fischli & Weiss in disguise) – and their footwear and the surrounding landscape also situate them in the present. In a way the two characters in The Hellenians (A Camera-Choreographical Appropriation of Der Rechte Weg) are pedagogical disguises putting into perspective the film’s theme about transformation and displacement.

Excerpt (2 min.), HD-video. Full length: 51:18 min.
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The video was originally comissioned for the Scandinavian exhibition project REFORM (2013), curated by Publik (DK), Bergen Kunsthal (NO) and Kunsthal C (SE), 2013. At that occasion the film was shown in an empty shop in the shopping center Field’s in Copenhagen.
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In 2014 the film was screened at Landmark, Bergen Kunsthal (NO) in relation to the book launch of the REFORM publication