Records by Johanna Billing
01/09 – 31/12/2021

Hollybush Gardens is pleased to present Records by Johanna Billing, a project coinciding with the launch of BY ASSOCIATION.

Since 1999, Johanna Billing has produced videos that deftly absorb the viewer in music, movement and rhythm. Her works feature spliced records of choreographed, live events that foreground a cinematic language mastered through collective social engagement. Billing’s work is frequently open to and at times constituted by improvisation and contingency. In turn, her videos orchestrate an engagement with social dynamics to test the interaction between individual and society, performance and spontaneity. The videos often feature modified scores and music composed by the artist or in close dialogue with participants, using sound as an essential device for collaboration and communication. This project traces the development of Billing’s 12″ vinyl records, presented here together for the first time.

 

Pulheim Jam Session, 2016

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A side
Track 1. Pulheim Jam Session, Original Film Soundtrack – 21:47

B side
Track 1. Pulheim Jam Session, Piano (no cars version) – 21:22

Produced on the occasion of Johanna Billing’s solo exhibition Keeping Time at Villa Croce in Genova, 10 April – June 2016, this phonograph record captures sonic elements from the artist’s moving image work, Pulheim Jam Session (2015). Sounds of a piano improvisation by the Swedish musician Edda Magnason are punctured by infrequent ‘backstage’ noises, generating acoustic friction between informal performance and incidental dissonance. The record also features movie production stills and liner notes by Ilaria Bonacossa and James Merle Thomas. Mastering by Henrik Sunbring and Helter Skelter.

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I’m Gonna Live Anyhow Until I Die, 2012

Billing’s film I’m Gonna Live Anyhow Until I Die (2012) journeys along wanderings of a few unsupervised youngsters as they roam the streets of Ostia, a neighbourhood in Rome and home of the celebrated filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini. This phonograph record captures numerous sonic parallels: folk cover tunes of the infamous 1971 album Fetus by the experimental Italian musician, Franco Battiato, a sporadic sequence of acoustic outtakes and voices of the children in candid dialogue. I’m Gonna Live Anyhow Until I Die is presented by Apparent Extent, Cologne, Germany in collaboration with Laveronica Arte Contemporanea of Modica, Sicily, and the book collective Dent-De-Leone, London, UK. The record includes production stills, interview transcripts and text contributions by Billing and curators Cecilia Canziani and Lorenzo Bruni.

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A side
Track 1. I’m Gonna Live Anyhow Until I Die, Original Film Soundtrack, 2012 – 15:18

B side
Track 1. Let’s Take It From The Beginning, Session Outtake, Jonna Sandell, Andreas Söderström, Patric Thorman, Johanna Billing and Christian Gabel at Cobra Studio, Stockholm, 2012  – 2:38
Track 2. Cariocinesi — Instrumental, 2012 (Originally written by Franco Battiato, 1971) – 4:05
Track 3. Mechanics — Variation, 2012 (Originally written by Franco Battiato, 1971) – 5:30
Track 4. Two Birds Kissing And A Cow (Film Audio Outtake) Palma Biadene, Eufrasia De Mattia, Andrea Folchi, Rocco Ciardo and Leonardo Faiella at Scuola Carlo Urbani, Rome, 2011 – 5:50 

 

I’m Lost Without Your Rhythm, 2010

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A side
Track 1. My Heart – 7:32
Track 2. I’m Lost Without Your Rhythm, film soundtrack 2009 – 11:27

B side
Track 1. Up and Down the Stairs – 2:10
Track 2. A Choreography with Breaks – 1:07
Track 3. Descriptions – 1:13
Track 4. Listening to the Marimba – 1:49
Track 5. Typewriters and Percussion – 2:29
Track 6. Looking out of Windows – 6:27
Track 7. Heartbeats – 0:40
Track 8. Sound and Rhythm – 4:14

Conceived around ‘My Heart’, a composition by Swedish drum and voice duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Billing’s film project I’m Lost Without Your Rhythm (2009) captures a choreography workshop of amateur Romanian dancers and acting students at the Periferic 8 Biennial of Contemporary Art in Iasi, Romania in 2008. The film and soundtrack link several days of activity as a continuous process, one in which the dancers are watched by an audience, free to come and go as they please, without a final performance as such. The work itself is a result of a collaboration between the choreographer, musicians, dancers and the audience. The vinyl’s B side features live cuts and themes from the two-day workshop.

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This Is How We Walk on the Moon, 2008

This record features the original soundtrack to Billing’s film This Is How We Walk on the Moon (2007). The film follows a group of Scottish musicians as they board a sail boat and learn to navigate the ship. The title of the work references a song of the same name by Arthur Russell, the iconic cellist and composer associated with New York’s nascent underground disco scene. ‘This song has stayed with me for a number of years, and I’ve always been very fascinated by the sentence: “This Is How We Walk on the Moon”,’ says Billing. ‘That such a small word, “this”, can contain so much—it seems to me as if [Russell is] trying to describe “this is what we in particular do today, in this particular now.” History has described walking on the moon as man’s—or rather mankind’s—great step or leap. Today, forty years later, it’s interesting to think about what now constitutes a great step, or a step into new or unknown territory. And to consider the relationship between what is regarded as being a great step for people at the individual level and for the society we live in.’

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A side
Track 1. This Is How We Walk on the Moon, film soundtrack – 27:22

B side
Track 1. Tiny movements – 3:29
Track 2. Taking Turns – 4:06
Track 3. Turning, Turning, Turning – 0:49
Track 4. Knowing the Ropes – 0:53
Track 5. Leaving the Waterfront – 5:21
Track 6. The Romance of Water – 1:53
Track 7. This Is How We Walk on the Moon (It’s Clearing Up Again, radio edit) – 5:19

 

You Don’t Love Me Yet / Magical World, 2007

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A side
Track 1. You Don’t Love Me Yet – 07:43 

B side
Track 1. Magical World – 06:13 

This record features the soundtracks from Billing’s films Magical World (2005) and You Don’t Love Me Yet (2007). This is the first LP by Billing released on Apparent Extent, a label platform for artists’ records based in Cologne, Germany, founded by Volker Zander. Co-produced by DCA, Dundee, Kavi Gupta, Chicago and Apparent Extent. Graphic design by Åbäke, London.

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Another Album, 2007

This vinyl features the film score of Billing’s work Another Album (2006), additional recording session sounds and a selection of live improvisations of songs from the Novi Val (new wave) movement that blossomed around late 1970s and ’80s in the former Yugoslavia.

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A side
Track 1. TEŠKO OVOŽVOT
Track 2. KAO KAKAO
Track 3. DVA DINARA DRUŽE
Track 4. SVE ĆE TO, MILA MOJA, PREKRITI RUZMARIN, SNJEGOVI I ŠAŠ
Track 5. GRACIJA
Track 6. PIT… I TO JE AMERIKA
Track 7. GUZONJIN SIN
Track 8. RINGIŠPIL
Track 9. LUTKA SA NASLOVNE STRANE
Track 10. BALADA O PIŠONJI I ŽUGI
Track 11. SRCE NA CESTI
Track 12. NADALINA
Track 13. VJERUJ U LJUBAV
Track 14. RUZINAVI BROD
Track 15. SUNNY DAY
Track 16. MARIJANA
Track 17. HADŽIJA ILI BOS
Track 18. DJEVOJKO MALA
Track 19. IMA NESTO OD SRCA DO SRCA
Track 20. RUZE SU CRVENE
Track 21. SAMO JEDNOM SE LJUBI
Track 22. NA TVOJOJ LISTI JA SAM SAMO BROJ…
Track 23. TI SI RAJSKI CVIJET
Track 24. PROVEDIMO VIKEND
Track 25. FIKRETA
Track 26. HAJDE DA SE DROGIRAMO
Track 27. ZA LJUBAV TREBA IMAT DUŠU

 

B side
Track 1. KINO “PRVI MAJ”
Track 2. ‘80-E
Track 3. ODLAZAK U NOĆ
Track 4. GUZONJIN SIN
Track 5. VOLJELA ME NIJE NIJEDNA
Track 6. 14 PALMI
Track 7. ŠEKI IS ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Track 8. OSMIJEH
Track 9. NEK’ SE DIJETE ZOVE KAO JA
Track 10. TKO TO TAMO PJEVA
Track 11. BALKAN
Track 12. BALADA O PIŠONJI I ŽUGI
Track 13. STOJIM NA KANTUNU
Track 14. SA’ MI JE ŽA’

About the artist

Johanna Billing (b. Jönköping, 1973) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Solo exhibitions include In Purple, Stadsbiblioteket, Jönköping, Sweden, 2019; 15 Years of You Don’t Love Me Yet, Teatro Garibaldi/Galeria Laveronica, Modica, Italy, 2018; I’m Lost Without Your Rhythm, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norwary, 2017; Keeping Time, Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy, 2016; I’m Gonna Live Anyhow Until I Die, the MAC, Belfast, 2012; I’m Lost Without Your Rhythm, Modern Art Oxford, 2010; Moving In, Five Films, Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, 2010; Tiny Movements, ACCA, Melbourne, Australia, 2009; I’m Lost without Your Rhythm, Camden Art Centre, London, 2009; Taking Turns, Kemper Museum, Kansas City, USA, 2008; This Is How We Walk on the Moon, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, 2008; Forever Changes, Kunstmuseum Basel, 2007; Keep on Doing, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland, 2007; and Magical World, PS. 1, New York, 2006. She has participated in significant group exhibitions internationally, including MOMENTUM 10, 10th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway, 2019; It’s Time To Dance Now, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010; 4th Auckland Triennial, 2010; Documenta 12, Kassel, 2007; Singapore Biennale, 2006; 9th Istanbul Biennial, 2005; 1st Moscow Biennale, 2005; and 50th Venice Biennale, 2003.

Her work is held in numerous museum and public collections, including MOCA, Los Angeles; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain; Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden; Jönköpings Museum, Sweden; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; FRAC Bourgogne, France; SMAK, Ghent, Belgium; Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita,USA; Museum Sztuki, Łodz, Poland; and Museum Współczesne, Wrocław, Poland.