An installation comprised of two hospital ventilators, running on compressed air, installed at Hordaland Kunstsenter, in May 2019. The work requires the presence of the subject’s body in the gallery, to complete it. The ventilators linked to motion sensors and software, respond to the presence and movement of visitors to the gallery space. Their movement within the space causing the ventilators to stop and start unpredictably, based on a set of always changing variables, creating passages of quiet between the machines’ operation.

 

 ‘As people enter, the ventilators (machines designed to breath on behalf of another body) begin to “breath”, the translucent “lungs” attached to them, inflating and collapsing rhythmically and the mechanical pumps powering them, sighing and sucking as they drive the machines. As people approach the ventilators, they may cease “breathing”, leaving the visitor - in the absence of the ventilators’ working rhythm - with the sudden intensity of the room’s ambience and an awareness of their own presence in the space. (excerpt from interview with Diku).

above: video documentation of gallery installation


 

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

all still-photographs courtesy of Jane Sverdrupsen 


 

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


above: video documentation of gallery installation

As it developed over many months, this work became something of an "outlier" in my practice, which continued to develop simultaneously along other trajectories. However, it's preoccupations with the body and with creating intervals or hiatus' - in this case that experientially manifest within the gaps between the machines' functioning, made it an intriguing complement to my work's other trajectories.


It was also the catalyst for my subsequent exploration of situated writing; that is writing in response to my activities within and around a given site of work-making. In this instance, the gallery installation you can see here, gave rise to a short piece of writing that was somewhat tentatively and hesitantly  made available at the gallery alongside the installation: with me remaining unclear whether it represented a part of the work or an adjunct to it.  

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