OVER THE RAINBOW, 2012, 6:57 min
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 (SE); born 1983 in Vilhelmina; Master of Fine Arts 2012, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm; lives and works in Stockholm.
Over The Rainbow is a part of the Art Line project Space Matters.