Digital animation by the artist duo Margit Lukács & Persijn Broersen built on the past and future ruins of the Danish City Viborg

All or Nothing At All

Expanded Animation / All or Nothing At All

Choreography, motion capture, photogrammetry, and music come together to create an otherworldy version of a small yet historic town in Denmark. Meant as a meditation on decay with hints of potential redemption, this piece explores frameworks in life and what happens when they fail.

All or Nothing At All

  • About

    Using the figure of the digital ruin in a game-like environment, the artists show the glitches and hollowness behind and between the sequential images. The artists, in between the striking beauty of the images and sound, show the viewer how photographs no longer count as documentation of the past but are an overpowering part of everyday reality, something to touch and interact with, but also something fluid, like water, mirroring something like a reality that we never seem to be able to grasp, to penetrate or hold on to.

    The film ‘All, or Nothing at All’ starts with an aerial view of Viborg, Denmark, one of the oldest Viking settlements that grew into a medieval city. Viborg looks like an idyllic city, with brick buildings surrounded by water and redtiled roofs. This soon falls apart into an uncanny, post-apocalyptic diorama in which the urban landscape has been shredded. Seven avatars sing and dance the viewer through the abandoned shopping streets, garages, the old crusader paths and centuries old alleys of Viborg while they sing ‘All, or Nothing at All’, originally sung by Frank Sinatra and re-interpreted by Danish singer Nina Vadshølt. Composed by Arthur Altman and Jack Lawrence in 1939, ‘All, or Nothing at All’ became Frank Sinatra’s first hitsong in the same year. While Sinatra interpreted it from an utterly male perspective, Nina Vadshølt transformed the song into an angelic, rebellious chant in which many voices converge and dispute each other.

    The choreography is based on the musical West Side Story (1961), the adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in New York, in which Polish/American and Puerto Rican street gangs fight each other. This choreography was performed in the flesh by dancer Daniel Cilea, motion-captured and then grafted onto the avatar-singers. As everything that seems feasible that appears on our screens, the ancient town of Viborg appears as a phantom vision. It is a polarized world in which there is no middle ground; it is everything or nothing.
  • Partners

    Viborg Kunsthal

    Viborg Kunsthal

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    Since 1994, Viborg Kunsthal has shown exhibitions with renowned Danish and international visual artists. The Kunsthal has a special focus on the vibrant and contemporary arts and runs parallel activities in connection with the exhibitions; lectures, concerts and creative workshops for the audience.

    Plastic Art Collective

    Plastic Art Collective

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    PLASTIC Art Collective F.M.B.A. is a business association based in Viborg, founded by a group of professional artists with different backgrounds, aiming at strengthening their work through cooperation, a joint profile and shared facilities.

    Broersen and Lucaks

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    Margit Lukács & Persijn Broersen are arƟsts living and working in Amsterdam. They work in a wide variety of media — most notably video, animaƟon and graphics — producing a myriad of works that reflect on the depicƟon of nature in our increasingly virtual society. With intricate layers of (filmed) footage, digital animaƟon and images appropriated from the media they demonstrate how reality, (mass) media and ficƟon are strongly intertwined in contemporary culture.

  • Contact

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    Kirk Johnson

    Kirk Johnson

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