Soren Thilo Funder


Soren Thilo Funder’s works are carefully crafted cinematic mash-ups of diverse cultural fields and social histories. They serve as formal investigations into the power relations of modern day society and the truisms of written and unwritten history. Proposing new connections between historical, cultural and political matter they open up new potential spaces, third places, for political contemplation and counter-memory. Previous exhibitions include ‘Strange Ecologies’ at X AND BEYOND, Copenhagen, ‘Little Lies’ at Yarat Art Center, Baku, The 19th Biennale of Sydney, 12th Istanbul Biennial and 6th International Liverpool Biennial and solo presentations at Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb and Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen.

Swerve (You’re Gonna Die Up There)

HD Video, 10’ 00”, with sound

It’s only moments since the girl Regan Theresa MacNeil interrupted the party, addressing Captain Billy Cutshaw with the eerie forewarning: ‘You’re gonna die up there’. Now the Astronaut Billy Cutshaw – who first appeared in ‘The Exorcist’ (1973) prior to a space mission, and later as mental patient in ‘The Ninth Configuration’ (1980) – is driving through the dark streets of Washington DC. During this drive he will meet his future self whom will convince him not to go to the moon. Against the background of this meeting, the work reflects on the psychological but also social and societal implications of space travel. Swerve (You’re Gonna Die Up There) sets out to reconstruct the illusion and history of cinema with an undertow of Cold War symbolism.