There is a gun in the exoskeleton of the car
Video installation, 2021

A singing waiter, a beekeeper, and a bookmaker in a car chase. In the video installation, we encounter a scattered gallery of characters - a series of times and places. They all had a connection to an incident at a racetrack and were mourning the loss of ‘the strawberry tiger’ who passed away in an accident during the previous race. Since then, activities were resumed, but something had been lost in the direction of the race.

The exhibition was created in close collaboration with several musicians. The racetrack was conceptually built on the metronome, where the rhythmic became a bodily apparatus as a counter. The result is an animated narrative that works within the intersection between film and musical composition.

With the racetrack as a musical figure, the exhibition revolved around notions of collective bodies, disorientation, dishwashing and death. A racetrack is a circuit that constantly lists who is leading, who is lagging behind and who is last. The racetrack points towards somersaults without bodies, or bodies passing by.




Installation view. Ok Corral, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.


Installation view. Ok Corral, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.


Installation view. Ok Corral, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.


Film still.


Film still.


Film still.


Installation view. Ok Corral, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.

Installation views. Ok Corral, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.

Installation views. Ok Corral, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Mikkel Kaldal.







Credits:

Script, animation and composition:
Mark Tholander

Voices:
Tamara Farris (The bookmaker)
John Bates (The colleague)
Jay Maksenuk (Dishwasher 1)
Trevor Forest (Dishwasher 2)
Adam Weaver (The waiter)
Kevin J. Bond (The pianist)

Filming of characters/suits, chromakey and rotoscoping:
Mark Tholander

CGI, car chase scenes:
Mikkel Battefeld

Assisting CGI and animation, car chase scenes:
Mark Tholander

Animation, tiger, vector:
Sophia Ioannou Gjerding

Animation, tiger, håndtegnet:
Mark Tholander

Piano:
Johan Feierskov
Anastasia Nastya Bragina

Drums:
Søren Høi
Victor A. Carracedo
Bernardo Yacono

Bass:
Ailén Antú
Lole Dovo
Mitch Cockman

Guitar:
Zek Starosky

Saxophone:
Jon Sensmeier

Mixing and mastering:
Johan Feierskov
William Kudahl
Tafadzwa Chingono
Paulo Germano

Bike 3D model:
Semyon Filippov

Thanks to Københavns Biavlerforening for letting me borrow the suit for the film recordings.

The exhibition was supported by Statens Kunstfond.








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