The Milky Way (Melkeveien) (2016)
The performance installation explores the many layers of control within the prison system and wider society through the coded exchange of consumables, which are suffused with propaganda and act as forms of soft control by prison officers. Using the form of a football match, the characters of Coffee and Milk, which are taken from a 1930’s propaganda campaign, confront each other on a constructed pitch. The movement of the players on the pitch is commentated on by a pair of opera singers, who relay the game based on a shifting vocal score. The sounds produced by the commentators flatten the hierarchy of language, taking away the power given to words that direct attention, agenda and action.
Ksenia Aksenova, Per Magnus Barlaug, Silje Johannessen, Don Lawrence, Eline Reve, Benjamin Lønne Røsler, Eirik Slyngstad and Espen Solsbak
Rena Li (Munch Museeum) and Roderick Hietbrink