August - October 2017 video work: coats in corridor, chairs in gymnasium, nr. Helsinki;

rolled bedding, recently vacated apartment room, Nygardsgaten, Bergen,


 

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


In August 2017, I attended a summer school near Helsinki and while there, made two short videos, working with both found and deliberately staged settings. The chairs in the gymnasium were found. In the case of the coats, I asked people to enter the corridor-space, hang-up their coats and then leave; filming the whole process, but only using that part of the footage which showed the scene after they had departed and before they returned to collect their garments. Returning to Bergen, I then recapitulated my previous (still photographic) recording of rolled bedding in a recently vacated apartment.

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By summer 2017, in the wake of my work at Voksenåsen and in the Voss and Bergen apartments, I’d understood that it was not the material properties of a given physical locale itself which my work was interrogating, so much as an ephemeral confluence of circumstances therein, temporarily obtaining at the time of my encounter with a given site; circumstances repeatedly characterised in my work by some pause or hiatus in a site’s use or occupancy; a hiatus typified by the presence of material traces or portents of past or future human presence in the absence of the human body itself, as can be seen from the three videos archived, here.[1]

 

I’d attempted to describe scenes like those depicted in these videos in terms of an ‘interval’ or a ‘gap’, in activity; in the habitation of a space. This notion later connected in my imagination with the activities of Heinrich Böll’s fictional radio producer, Murke and his obsessive habit of collecting the pauses and hesitations cut-out from the radio broadcasts he edited. Those quiet, yet far from empty pauses seemed to echo the sense I had of scenes like those in these videos, as being characterised both by absence (most literally that of human occupancy), but also being replete with presence; materially implied by the form of some or other everyday anthropomorphic artefact (e.g. rolled bedding); through the affordances of such objects as unoccupied chairs; even through such phenomenal features as falling-light or audibly implied by noises-off.

 

The notion that a spectator’s patient contemplation of scenes such as those shown here; devoid of “actors”, mediated by the fixed gaze of a video camera reminiscent of Yasujirō Ozo’s cinematography, would create encounters in which the significance of otherwise easily overlooked presences might become more than ordinarily apparent to the spectator, had also begun to establish itself in my thinking as I created these works.

 

 


[1] This notion of the importance of such temporarily prevailing circumstances led me to a diverse range of different writers’ work, including Erika Fischer-Lichte, on the notion of ‘Performative Space’; Gernot Böhme on the idea of ‘atmospheres’ and Dorothea von Hantelmann on ‘experiential’ art.

 

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