A long intestine has invaded BO’s premises. As nutrition moving through our digestion system, we are lead from one room to the next, where we are met by a series of video and installation. Figuratively, the intestine takes on the role of a red thread, whilst simultaneously visualising a central element in William Reich’s psychoanalytical orgonic theory, where the primordial organism is understood as a tube with two points of entry: the mouth and the anus.
With this corporal allegory as his point of departure, Mattias Hellberg is guiding us through the absurd, but non the less completely true story of when Sean Connery went to see the Norwegian Reichian, Ola Raknes, to cure his sexual anxiety caused by him over-identifying with the James Bond character. For Hellberg Reich’s orgonic theories, Raknes’ execution of these, and Connery’s identity crisis, becomes stepping stones for the staging and exploration for more or less obvious connections between masculinity, sexuality, psyche, body, class, high and low culture. All this takes place within an artistic installation, that also takes on the role as the stage for a self-composed musical with the artist himself in the lead role.
Mattias Hellberg (b. 1991) has a MFA from the Norwegian National Academy of the Arts in Oslo (2022). Previously he has studied at the Malmö Academy of Music, and intermedial studies at Lund’s University. Hellberg has been part of several group exhibitions at institutions such as har Stockholm fringefestival, Norra tornen, Stockholm og Glada Sprutan, Stockholm. 007 & Dr. Organonis Hellberg’s first solo exhibition in Norway.