by Anders Paulin & Johan Forsman

Skogen, Gothenburg 29 October - 7 November 2015
Inkonst, Malmö 19 November 2015
Weld, Stockholm February 2016

The earth is the first economy
Connect with people
Keep doing what you´re doing
Think in patterns
Track the sky
Use aspects
to see how it unfolds
There is a 528 hz chime
that is pretty wonderful
It resonates with the note F in the heart
We could share that with you

THREE WHITE SOLDIERS || ROCK THIS WORLD is an archive of stories, collected by Anders Paulin and Johan Forsman through a series of pilgrimages following the material as well as virtual relations of symbolic orders and value production in contemporary economy. Neither a critique nor capitulation towards the networking super speed of neoliberal semio-capitalism, 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 performance starts in the server halls of contemporary stock markets, where robotized traders operate 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 this second part of a trilogy, 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. Following a protocol defined in co-operation with the shamans Åsa and Janne the duo has continued their journey, travelling along the Vittangi River on a quest for magical items, interviewed the mountain spirit in the mines of Kiruna and investigated paleolithic burial rites in the desert of Egypt.

THREE WHITE SOLDIERS || ROCK THIS WORLD is a travelogue through the human history of symbolic thinking. Join us for a story in which Economy, Language and Magic join forces as administration of Passage, and where fiction is not the opposite of knowledge but its fundamental condition.


March-April 2014
Research trip Los Angeles/Joshua Tree/New York

June 2014
Performance TEATER SORT/HVID, Copenhagen

November-December 2014
Performance Three White Soldiers, version 1 + Academy Platform SKOGEN, Gothenburg

February 2015
Performance Three White Soldiers, version 1 at WELD, Stockholm
Research trip Bitcoin Mine Boden/Iron Ore Mine Kiruna

March 2015
Academy Platform SKOGEN, Gothenburg
Guests: Annika Lundgren, Niklas Persson, Kanslibyrån, Leif Elggren, Marja-Leena Sillanpää, Chiara Giovando, Love Enqvist, Ewa Majewska

April 2015
Research trip Luxor, Egypt
Performance Three White Soldiers, part 1 at RAWABIT THEATRE, Cairo

August 2015
Research trip Kiruna, Sweden
3 weeks Research, Workshops and Performance Three White Soldiers II/Rock This World
Academy of Performing Arts, Copenhagen

November 2015
Performance Three White Soldiers II/Rock This World + Academy platform SKOGEN, Gothenburg
Performance Three White Soldiers, I & II INKONST, Malmö

December 2015
Publication co-operation with GLÄNTA, Gothenburg

February 2016
Performance Three White Soldiers II/Rock This World at WELD, Stockholm

October 2016
Performance Three White Soldiers II/Rock This World at FICTION/REALITY, a conference program at DANSEHALLERNE, Copenhagen