Over the Rainbow, 2012, video, 6:52 min
Full video, information and stills here: anti-utopias.com/nicola-bergstrom-hansen-over-the-rainbow
In the classic film The Wizard of Oz, the main character Dorothy is asked to go someplace where she cannot cause any problems. Dorothy wonders if there is such a place and bursts into one of the world’s most famous film songs: Over the Rainbow. In Nicola Bergström Hansen’s video, the same song is performed by the BAE Systems Brass Band – the partly Swedish-owned arms industry giant BAE Systems own orchestra. The video contains a storm of news images from distant lands, where fighter jets and blue skies are not always associated with festivals. Campaign texts taken from the arms manufacturers Saab AB’s and BAE Systems’ marketing, are integrated into the composition. The texts convey the weapons industry’s views on their own contribution to a safe and protected environment.
© Nicola Bergström Hansen. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.