Photographs by David Stjernholm
Kunsthal 44 Møen, Askeby, Denmark
'BURNOUT is a newly commissioned installation by the Swedish artist Emilia Bergmark. The work, inspired by Bergmark’s interest in humans’ commodification of nature is conceived as an allegorical narrative in response to the landscapes around us, which are permeated, conceived and organised by human logic and production apparatuses.' Excerpt from curatorial text by Julia Rodrigues.
The exhibition was realised with the support of Statens Kunstfond and Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond.
Sound piece, duration 20 minutes, plinth, two microphones, speakers, a female Western Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera) and a male Large Earth Bumblebee (Bombus Terrestris). Burnout is an absurdist-comical sound installation, a duologue between a burnt-out worker bee from the Danish honey industry and a male bumblebee from Sweden. In a heated monologue, the worker bee describes the pressure involved in keeping up with a high-speed working life, which has resulted in burnout. After she is interrupted in her speech by a rowdy Swedish bumblebee, disagreements commence. The text touches on topics such as the industrialisation of agriculture and the mysterious bee death. Voice actors are Lisa Lind Dunbar and David Wiberg, recording by Andrea Novel.