Everything Is Gonna Be

»Everything Is Gonna Be« (3’35”, 2008) alludes to the Beatles song ‘Revolution’, which the artist transfers to the Lofoten Islands in Norway, where it is sung by an amateur choir. Their lullaby-like way of singing the chorus forces the song to take a disturbingly uncritical tone. The work reveals both the critical distance to upheaval in the lyrics, which John Lennon wrote in 1968, and the ideological distance between the meaning of the song and the middle-aged people that appear in the work. Zdjelar’s interest with this work also lies in the process of physically manifesting uncertainties, in the attempts to perfect one’s performance as well as in the production of a collective out of singular voices. With a focus largely on the intimate presence of the individuals, the work is charged with an ambiguous sense of hesitation – a reserve that may suggest inability to let go and express oneself, or unwillingness to be either individual in all its imperfection or to merge into the communal voice and feeling. The singers-speakers give a sense of distance and coldness towards the song they sing, and even though they perform it, what they bring across seems more ominous than hopeful.