Drum Battle

 Installation view Fredrik Roos Art Grant 2017 Moderna Museet Malmö. Photo: Helene Toresdotter/Moderna Museet

 

This work is a drum battle, where visitors can choose to participate by betting money on one of the drummers. Östberg Olsson’s acts as a bookmaker, collecting bets and distributes wins.

The leftovers as the battle generates, such as trashed drum kit, sticks, patches, etc., later becomes an installation and contributes to the remaining part of the exhibition period.

The work is dealing with the relationship between gambling, ethics, social survival, and economic conditions. For the visitors, it became a situation where they have to make the decision to participate or not, put a stop to the dubious event or enter into a bet.