Peter Geschwind / Gunilla Klingberg

Künstlerhaus Bethanien

It is a stock complaint that the aesthetic of MTV videos, with their quick cuts and random narrative jumps, may be robbing viewers of the last shreds of their attention span. While this adolescent-targeted format seems like eye torture to some, others find the techniques of pop-music videos instructive. Swedish artist Peter Geschwind, born in 1966, edited his one-minute video loop Sound Cut, 2002, to the beat of a Dead Kennedys song. He analyzed the angry, inflammatory punk rhythm, the shape of the melody, and the various articulations of the song (verse, refrain, bridge, solo) and used these elements as a blueprint for his video. The individual image sequences, filmed in Geschwind and fellow Swede Gunilla Klingberg's Berlin apartment, were thus edited according to the criteria of the music: For a fraction of a second, you might see a vacuum cleaner moving across the floor, or cupboard

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