THREE WHITE SOLDIERS

THE TRILOGY:
THREE WHITE SOLDIERS // ROCK THIS WORLD // THE LYRE

JOHAN FORSMAN & ANDERS PAULIN

THREE WHITE SOLDIERS – THE TRILOGY

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Three White Soldiers is an archive of stories, collected by Anders Paulin and Johan Forsman through a series of pilgrimages following the material as well as virtual landscape of contemporary economy.

The trilogy starts at Wall Street and at the server co-locations hosting todays robotized traders; computers trading at the stock markets in velocities challenging our concepts of time and space. From here Anders and Johan departs on a journey studying the relations between material and immaterial values, various ”time-spaces” operating beyond the human perception, and the use of patterns and images to visualize worlds and events impenetrable to the human horizon. As they go, they collect stories and respond to associations. To avoid already known financial narratives, they start to follow the directions given by shamans and spiritual guides they meet along the way.

In the second part of the trilogy – Rock this World – they turn their focus from the surreal speeds of high frequency trading to the extreme gravity of mining. The work begins to challenge the borders between fiction and facts and the process starts to intervene in their personal life. Simultaneously, notions of contemporary economy return in new shapes and forms as they travel up through Lapland, only to suddenly find themselves walking barefoot amongst ancient temples in Egypt.

Three White Soldiers is neither a critique nor capitulation towards the networking super speed of contemporary economy, rather an attempt to travel along its patterns and linguistic figures: A journey accompanied by the fetishes of the financial market, algo-spoofers, astronauts, bitcoin miners, ancient gods and japanese rice traders.

The first part of the performance premiered in 2014, and the second part – Rock this World – in the autumn 2015. Part three, yet untitled, is sceduled to premiere in March 2017.

GLOSSARIES

PART I

HFT (High Frequency Trading)
Dematerialization of Art & Money
Arpanet/Internet
Cybernetics
California
The Desert
Buckminster Fuller
Space Program
Algorithms
Language/Thing
The Gold Standard
Patterns
Cymatics
528 hz
Shamanism
Pilgrimage
Sonic Fiction
Land art/Minimalism,
Whole Earth Catalogue & Stewart Brand
Cowboys
Hippies
Hackers
Spoofers
Snipers
Sniffers
The Fountain of Gold – The Three Monkey Record of Money

PART II – ROCK THIS WORLD

Mining
Bit-coins
The white reindeer
Monuments
Graves
Ochra
Magic/Economy/Language
Magic Sticks
Vittangi river
Luxor
Thot & The book of the Dead
Mushrooms
Cave paintings
Spacing out
Santa Claus and the cave of prosperity
“I don’t want this anymore”

TOURING DATES

2014

Sort/Hvid (Cphgn Stage festival), Copenhagen
12/6, 13/6

Skogen
20/11, 21/11, 27/11, 29/11, 4/12, 5/12, 6/12

2015

Weld (Stockholm)
26/2, 28/1, 1/3

Missing Rooms (Festival), Cairo (Egypt)
23/4

Skogen
29/10, 30/10, 31/10, 4/11, 5/11, 6/11

Inkonst (Malmö)
19/11

2016

Weld (Stockholm)
29/2, 1/3, 2/3

Dansehallerne (Copenhagen)
5/10 + 7/10

2017

Skogen

24/3, 25/3 ,30/3, 31/3, 1/4

Full trilogy: 6/5

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