Swedish Girls and Jennry Forsgren link their work to this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners Maria Resa and Dmitry Muratov. They received the award for their efforts to protect freedom of expression, which is a prerequisite for democracy and lasting peace. Through journalism and with lives at stake, they react to the present, search for and find new stories within stories.
“(REACTION VIDEO)” is a video work where the artists filmed and abstracted their own reacting faces. In the physical design, they have taken hold of the chain of reactions and translated it into the form in which the video work is projected. The work is built up through the technique “Mise En Abyme” which in film and literature theory refers to inserting a story into a story.
In effect, they visualize reactions of reactions. With the present as a starting point, they have been inspired by the YouTube phenomenon “Reaction Videos”, where people film themselves while they react to different things – everything from terrible news to newly released music.
This project has been developed within the framework of the Beckmans College of Design Alumni project in collaboration with Nobel Week Lights.