The Case

Thursday 26th September / 11AM @ The Maltings Theatre & Cinema

Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th September | 11:00 - 18:00

Cecilia Stenbom
New Commission
UK | 2013 | 9 min, looped

The Case investigates how crime fiction preys on and perpetuates anxiety in a culture of fear, whilst being a constant source of entertainment within popular culture. It examines the fine line between justified security measures and peoples’ irrational fears for personal safety, whilst exploring the boundaries between narrative fiction and experimental media.

This new work takes its starting point from the opposing genres of Nordic Noir and British TV crime drama - moving the action to Berwick-upon-Tweed. The Case returns to the well-worn characters of the male and female detective, whose conversations take place in a series of extracted scenarios within a fictitious crime investigation. The dialogue and voiceovers in the film meanwhile are reenactments from a series of transcribed recordings in which members of the general public in Berwick were invited to talk about their perception of crime, potential for violence and popular crime drama.

The Case was shot entirely in and around Berwick, building on a cliche´d tradition of setting crime drama in small respectable towns - towns which in reality are generally safe places where few actual acts of random crime ever take place.  Commissioned in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts residency programme.

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Artist Cecilia Stenbom Country UK Year 2013 Duration 9 minutes