Johanna Billing

Johanna Billing (Jönköping, Sweden, 1973; lives and works in Stockholm) has been making video works since 1999 that weave together music, movement and rhythm. Merging the production modes of collective live events and workshops with a cinematic language, Billing in part directs the participants and in part activates a series of improvisations around the notion of performance and the possibility it holds to explore issues of the public and the private as well as the individual in the society as a whole. Billing often addresses political climates and cultural specificities, but more importantly she transforms, through a documentary method, her filmmaking in a fictive space to examine actual and contrived events and how that filmed compression illuminates their overlap. Billing’s films often involve music, which in her hands becomes a tool for communication, memory and reconstruction.
Recent major solo exhibitions include Keeping Time, Villa Croce, Genova, 2016, I’m Gonna Live Anyhow until I Die, the MAC, Belfast (2012); I’m Lost without Your Rhythm, Modern Art Oxford, Moving In, Five Films, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, (2010); Tiny Movements, ACCA, Melbourne, I’m Lost without Your Rhythm, Camden Art Centre (2009); Taking Turns, Kemper Museum, Kansas City; This Is How We Walk on the Moon, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (2008); Forever Changes, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Keep on Doing, DCA, Dundee (2007) and Magical World, PS. 1, New York (2006). She has participated in survey shows such as 4th Auckland Triennial, Last Ride in a Hot Balloon, Auckland (2010); Documenta 12, Kassel (2007); Belief, Singapore Biennale (2006); 9th Istanbul Biennial; 1st Moscow Biennale (2005); 50th Venice Biennale (2003). From 1998 until 2010 Johanna also ran the Make it Happen record label, publishing music and arranging live performances.

Each moment presents what happens

Each moment presents what happens, 2021

loop, HD
27‘ 25‘‘

Pulheim Jam Session

Pulheim Jam Session, 2015

22‘40‘‘ loop

Pulheim Jam Session

Pulheim Jam Session, 2015

Line Up, film poster, C-print
70 × 100 cm

I’m Gonna Live Anyhow Until I die

I’m Gonna Live Anyhow Until I die, 2012

16‘29‘‘ loop

I‘m Lost Without Your Rhythm

I‘m Lost Without Your Rhythm, 2009

13‘29‘‘ loop

Original Film Soundtracks

Original Film Soundtracks, 2007-2016

Vinyl LPs

This Is How We Walk on the Moon

This Is How We Walk on the Moon, 2007

27‘20‘‘ loop

Another Album

Another Album, 2006

28’12’’ loop

Magic & Loss

Magic & Loss, 2005

16 mm film transferred to DV
16‘52‘‘ loop

Magical World

Magical World, 2005

6‘12‘‘ loop

Look Out!

Look Out!, 2003

5'20'' loop

You Don’t Love Me Yet

You Don’t Love Me Yet, 2003


You Don’t Love Me Yet

You Don’t Love Me Yet, 2002

Documentation from live tour, DVD, Mixed Media (and institution, city)

Missing Out

Missing Out, 2001

4‘14" loop

Where She is at

Where She is at, 2001

07‘35‘‘ loop

Make It Happen, On Tour

Make It Happen, On Tour, 2000

51 × 36 cm

Project for a revolution

Project for a revolution, 2000

3‘14" loop

Graduate Show

Graduate Show, 1999


Make It Happen, Releases

Make It Happen, Releases, 1998-2010

Record label project