Autonomy in Constructed Space, 2021
HD video projection, Kunsthal Nord, Aalborg DK
Organized by f.eks.
The video takes its starting point in the Danish city of Aalborg and its concrete industry. The 20th century modernization process is utilized as a point of departure to unfold discussions about capitalist production, ideology, and growth. Using “the concrete city” as a framing device, the film collates Overgaard’s own imagery of the cityscape with archival footage of Aalborg’s “constructed spaces”. Accompanied by animated text and interviews from historians and philosophers, a new visual and dialogical narrative about Scandinavian capitalism begins to emerge. How have human rights, sustainability, and care values been intertwined with destructive capitalist principles in the development of modern democracy? The film itself exposes considerations on action, privilege, and power - particularly in a society dominated by growth paradigms.