HYTTELIV (CABIN LIFE)

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Hytteliv (Cabin life) (2011) was an installation consisting of a 7m2 cabin built with found material gathered around the campuses of the University of Oslo. Inside the cabin, its story is narrated in the form of a video. The project was commissioned as part of a festival and an exhibition (‘History Forms my Revolution’) in connection with the 200 years …

VARIATIONS OF MAX

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Variations of Max (2010) is a video montage narrating and intertwining the artist’s family history with the universal history book “Syncronoptische Weltgeschichte” (Syncronoptical World history) and the biography of its author Arno Peters. The “Syncronoptische Weltgeschichte”* is used as a time-map to contextualize the family history, with imagery sampled from a range of places, all referenced in the book. Through …

SYNCHRONOPTISCHE WELTGESCHICHTE

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The artist book Synchronoptische Weltgeschichte (2010) is part of the same project as ‘Variations of Max.’ The book takes the form of a scrap-book of collected material where documents, images, newspaper clippings and excerpts from books are cut and paste into collages telling different intermingled and juxtaposed stories. The original book ‘Synchronoptische Weltgeschichte’ (synchronoptical world history) is consistently used as …

I WAS (T)HERE.

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The artist book I was (t)here. is a collection of stories compiled over a few years. The sources are newspapers, books, magazines, TV, Internet, museums, rumors and encounters. Both texts and images. The book consists of re-narrations of collected stories, frequently taken out of context, highlighted or twisted according to memory and perception. It is all so-called nonfiction and second …

A TALE OF STONE AND WOOD

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A Tale of Stone and Wood (2009) explores cinema with regard to constructions of history, national identity and collective memory. It takes its starting point in a small village in the Rhodopi Mountains (Bulgaria), which after it was deserted due to restructuring during the Communist regime, was rediscovered by the film industry in the 1970s. Numerous films have been shot …

VIEWFINDER

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Viewfinder (2007-2008) is a video montage based upon an amateur film/video archive from a person (b.1920) from 1950 to present day. By deconstructing and reassembling the material the video jumps in time and space and investigates phenomenology and the materializing of memory in regards to image production and documentation. The identity of the geographies as well as the biography of …

TRAVELOGUE OF AN UNKNOWN CITY

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Travelogue of an Unknown City (2007/09) takes its starting point in a compilation of material from a wide range of different geographies. The material consists of video, audio, photos and narratives about the respective places derived from a variety of sources. The exact identity of location is not in focus. Dispersed are short excerpts from guidebooks taken out of context, …

THE STORY OF AUTOMATIKA

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The Story of Automatika (w/Vahram Aghasyan) is the fictional story of a factory. A factory established in 1929, which through internal and external changes- change of ownership, shift of power, inflation, natural catastrophes and post-colonialism – today is a factory trying to reestablish itself through, among other strategies, the revival of a prototype from the 70s, discovered in a former …

DAS GELÄNDE

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Das Gelände (2004-05) follows the construction of an indoor tropical amusement park in a former airship hangar, localized on what was previously a Soviet military base. In the video the history of the landscape is being uncovered simultaneously with the construction of an artificial indoor landscape being observed. As facilities change functions, the layers of history become evident. The visible …

CABIN ECOLOGY

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The poster Cabin Ecology (2006) deals with the rhetoric of labeling and classification systems within natural science as well as popular science, including its political interactions. Specifically the idea of invasive species, which is the defined terminology used for alien species considered a threat to the environment. There is an international organ with selected members whom decides what species are …