April 2017 recently vacated room, asylum hostel, Voss. Photograph

recently vacated room, asylum hostel, Voss, 2017 


 

Introduction

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Oct-Dec 2016, rolled bedding, recently vacated apartment room, Nygardsgaten, Bergen. Photograph 

 

Oct-Dec 2016, unoccupied rooms, forensic investigation training house, Nottingham. Photographs

 

Oct-Dec 2016, unoccupied room, forensic investigation training house. Video

 

Apr 2017 recently vacated room, asylum hostel, Voss. Photograph

 

Apr 2017 recently vacated room, asylum hostel, Voss. Video work

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Feb 2017, 'Birdsong'.

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Mar 2017 material from PKU Spring Forum, first presentation

 

Mar 2018 PKU Spring Forum, second presentation

 

Apr 2018 paper delivered to 2018 SAR conference, Plymouth

 

Mar 2019 PKU Spring Forum, third and final presentation

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May 2017 'A performance after a performance', Voksenåsen, Video work

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Aug - Oct 2017 video work: coats in corridor, chairs in gymnasium, nr. Helsinki; rolled-bedding, recently vacated apartment, Bergen

 

Nov 2017 the empty walls of DH's studio

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Oct 2017 'Between, Before, After, Elsewhere'. Exhibition at Kunstgarasjen, Bergen

 

Jan 2018 KMD, image and situatedness

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Feb 2018 'The objects perform themselves', Bergen. Photo & Video documentation of performance

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Mar 2018 CCFT fieldwork, Agios Sozomenos, Cyprus

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June 2018 initial tests with hospital ventilators. Video documentation

 

Apr-May 2019 'It's only when I rest that I sense your presence', installation, HKS, Bergen

 

Apr-May 2019 It's only when I rest that I sense your presence, text work, HKS, Bergen

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July 2018 'In silence', performance, Berlin. Audio realisation of performance and photo documentation

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Nov 2018 A Foreign Body: Absence, a denial of presence. Transplanting a Sitka spruce tree. Tælavåg. Video work

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Feb 2019 'Foreign Bodies, Empty Rooms', Bergen Natural History Museum. Audio-visual realisation of performance

 

Aug - Oct 2019 'The Wrong Bodies', installation, Bergen Natural History Museum

 

Aug - Oct 2019 'The Wrong Bodies', text work, Bergen Natural History Museum

 

Oct 2019 The Museum's Wrong Bodies, presentation at Bergen Natural History Museum

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July 2019 'Between our words, I will trace your presence' (1st iteration) performed at Cracking the Established order

 

Oct 2019 Between our Words... (2nd iteration), performed in UN Buffer Zone, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

Feb 2020 'Between our words, I will trace your presence' (3rd iteration) performance at Borealis Festival. Audio documentation

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Feb - Mar 2020 abortive (pre-Covid) plans for final artistic result at Bergen Natural History Museum.

 

May 2020 Lecture on revised work in progress toward final artistic result, to staff and students at KMD

 

October 2020 Artist's book, The Wrong Bodies, based on work on the body and institutional silence, at Bergen Natural History Museum

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Artistic Result

 

Reflection


Even as my ideas about how I might understand the objects of my work, began to evolve, tentatively and speculatively over the early months of my research and even as new themes and preoccupations began to emerge, all implicit in my work at the time, the form of that work continued largely unchanged, despite an increasing pressure from within my research, for such change.

 

Familiar motifs continued to recur and perhaps most significantly my work remained rooted in the creation of images; representations pointing at instances of what fascinated me, without offering new ways in which to engage with those phenomena. 

 

I think there's an aesthetic refinement and a poignancy to many of these images. I was thinking a lot at the time about displacement and having just uprooted myself and moved to Norway (a country with which I was unfamiliar) it's hard to contemplate these images without seeing them at some level as autobiographical.


Their power seems to rest at least in part, in the interplay between the banality and the pathos of the objects they depict and titles like this one, which root the scenes we see evidentially or fictively within human(ist) narratives.

 

In this image as in others from my work, there is the invocation of an absent body through the affordances of the objects depicted; chairs, beds, pillows and at the same time the sense of the actual stillness of the photograph itself seems to mirror a quality of stasis or hiatus, which characterises the scene it shows the sense of circumstances depicted during an interval between the room's occupants' departure and return. Though again, this reading is undercut by the image's title, which suggests metonymically a transient relationship between occupant and site.

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