En våtmarkskrønike (A Wetland Chronicle)

En våtmarkskrønike (A Wetland Chronicle) is a video installation based on a small wetland area consisting of two ponds, a stream and bog, that lay in the immediate vicinity of the exhibition pavilion Jane (https://kosaoslo.com/, Oslo). It is a result of a poetic mapping of the wetland, using an underwater camera and hydrophones over several seasons, from February to November. The exhibition space is filled with under water footage that can only be viewed from the outside between dusk and dawn. The visual composition is accompanied by a continuous scrolling text on the floor of the pavilion and a soundtrack of life underwater, including movements of the camera, along with excerpts from music from historical underwater films.

This, in many ways modest biotope, reflects large and small narratives; both biological, historical and political processes. The area where the showroom is located has a long history, from housing among other things gunpowder production and a military compound, to being a popular hiking area.

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Photo © Vera Wyller, courtesy of K.O.S A

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Architecture and photo © Vera Wyller, courtesy of K.O.S A

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Architecture and photo © Vera Wyller, courtesy of K.O.S A

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