The Paradox of a Mayfly (Døgnfluens paradoks) is a video installation which takes as it’s starting point the architecture of a local cinema in Lofoten (Norway) in relation to people’s recollections of the cinema as a place and space. The cinema was built in 1938 and shares location with the town hall. It has served an important role in the lives of local youth for generations, but it is a marginalised part of local official history.
The architecture itself is to a large extent original and the filming of it investigates the layers of history visually present as well as the role of the spaces rarely seen to the average visitor such as the machine room and storage space. In-between shots of the architecture and interior spaces of the cinema are short clips from trailers of movies shown throughout the ages. It’s hard to identify the specific movies, the clips serve as stepping stones into imaginary spaces. In addition fleeting shadows, barely recognisable to the eye, moves across the screens from time to time.
The 3 screen (2-sided projections) video installation is accompanied by 4-channel audio through 4 different speakers. The audio consists of the voices of 25 locals between the age of 15 and 80 and their recollections from the local cinema.
The Paradox of a Mayfly is about what the space of the cinema, the contradictory presence of the ephemeral and the constant, reflects and produces.
The installation is part of exhibition “Homage and Diversion. Reimagining a movie theatre” which also includes the photographer Kjell Ove Storvik, curated by Torill Østby Haaland, at NNKS (North Norwegian Art Centre), 2019.