The video Pippi Examples consisted
of short sequences in slow motion from the Pippi Longstocking
films made around 1970.
Before Pippi Examples was "censored" the Swedish magazine
BON (nr 2. 2001) published a interview
with Palle Torsson were the video was discussed alongside stills
images from the video. The intention with the video was to show
how the common gaze had been sexualized since 1970.
A strong reaction from daily newspapers and
the people involved with Pippi Longstocking started a debate.
The issues were the moral implications of the video and the copyright.
Swedish Film Industry (SF) announced that they promised to stop
the video and the news spreed outside of sweden. SFs lawyers took
action to stop the video via the Swedish court of law. Based on
they copyright law they claimed the video was illegal. Palle Torsson
tried to pursue the case but took the decision not to fight SF
consider more then 1 million dollar in costs for the trial. In
the end a settlement was made and all the copy’s of Pippi
Examples were destroyed.
This does not mean that the project Pippi
Examples is over. A book about the process and/or other
material will available soon. The video, the debate and aftermath
in general of Pippi Examples will be analyzed to try to deepen
the understanding of what happen and why. Stay updated at palletorsson.com