The film shows musician Kim Gordon, former bassist in the legendary band Sonic Youth, in a landscape delineated by a long fence on the US/Mexico border. Gordon, donning a tutu and cowboy boots, runs a stick along the border fence, creating a rhythm in a childlike gesture, but one executed with intention. The wall, a symbol of division and divisive politics suddenly becomes a musical instrument.
In reassigning its meaning and transforming it into a productive object, capable of creation, the power structures between architecture, territory and function are rearranged. Rather than a border, the wall becomes a monument, stripped of its intended pragmatic function, linking the viewer through space and sound through a universal experience of sensation and impulse, not void of humor and defiance. Interested in how public and private spaces define and shape the nature and extent of human interactions, Jesper Just further plays with the notion of architecture performing in his films and installations to echo and expand his characters’ enigmatic journeys.
Internationally recognized artist Jesper Just (born in 1974, lives in New York) represented Denmark at the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in diverse and international institutions, among them The Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Performa 15, Times Square, New York, USA; The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea; Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal; Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA.Just’s work is included in public collections such as the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Tate Modern, London, UK; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, amongst others.