Bánffy Castle in Bonțida is the perfect backdrop for a concert by Swedish-British artist Jay-Jay Johanson on Saturday 10 June. Known for his melancholic voice and hits such as On the Radio, She Doesn't Live Here Anymore and You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, Johanson is acclaimed as one of the most influential electro artists of his generation. His latest album, Rorschach Test, was released in 2021.
Johanson's concert will be followed by a screening of And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine (d. Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck, Sweden, 2023), the documentary which won the Jury Prize at Sundance. An impressive and wildly inventive collage, the film brings two centuries of imagery to the screen, from the first photograph in history to the emergence of cinema and the meteoric evolution of television, to today's technology, where everyone is a potential 'content creator' and there are 45 billion video cameras on the planet. The two Swedish filmmakers' debut feature thus explores the eternal fascination of humans to watch themselves and the means they have invented to do so, fundamentally changing history and society. The film's unusually long title, And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine, paraphrases a line from King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, who was impressed by Georges Méliès' filming of his 1902 coronation ceremony.