To Live Outside the Law You Must be Honest

2007
three-channel video installation (total length 38 minutes)
single-channel video (24 minutes)

To Live Outside the Law You Must be Honest is comprised of 3 scripted video works, each performed by the same actor, Ian Burns, in different roles. The main video is recorded in Christiania, a free town in the centre of Copenhagen that was created in the early 1970’s. Under increasing outside pressure, it manages to operate without private ownership and 
through a system of consensus democracy, up to today. Informed by interviews with Christiania’s residents, the video addresses issues of self-government and self-policing. The other 2 videos were filmed in London, and are based on interviews with self-pronounced libertarians on the left and right in the political spectrum. In all 3 works the issues of 
freedom and participatory democracy are addresssed, but very different conclusions are drawn. This work was produced with the Christiania Researcher in Residence Program.

To Live Outside the Law You Must be Honest


Picture 4 of 4

2007, video still by Nicoline van Harskamp



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