Igjen, gjennom hjertet (Again, through the Heart)

Video HD 30 min, stereo. 2-channel video installation/1-channel version. 2015-2018
Igjen, gjennom hjertet”, 75 pages (publication Norwegian/English).

“Igjen, gjennom hjertet” (Again through the Heart) is based on an extensive archive of film, video, photos and sound from my Uncle Steinar (1922-2018). The project takes as a starting point his persistent documentation of life and considers how this affected his biography, memory and ways of seeing.
Steinar begun to photograph and film in the 1940s and continued ceaselessly until a couple of years before he passed away. The archive (16mm, 8mm, super 8, VHS, Hi8, SD, HD) documents both daily life as well as important occasions. Steinar’s recordings are accompanied by conversations between Steinar and myself about his impuls and drive to document and reveals pivotal and tragic events that has influenced both his need to document as well as how he looks upon the material he has collected. Steinar sees his eagerness to document as a neurosis and feels naked without a camera.
                  

The project’s title is derived from the etymological origin of the word record. The Latin word recordari means to tell and to remember. Re means to return to the origin and to repeat. Core means heart.

 

helene-sommer-igjen-gjennom-hjertet-again-through-the-heart-3v6a6611-igjen-gjennom-hjertet-again-through-the-heart

Installation view

helene-sommer-igjen-gjennom-hjertet-again-through-the-heart-rapportogbudsjetthsommer-igjen-gjennom-hjertet-again-through-the-heart

Publication

helene-sommer-igjen-gjennom-hjertet-again-through-the-heart-dslr42-igjen-gjennom-hjertet-again-through-the-heart

Video still

helene-sommer-igjen-gjennom-hjertet-again-through-the-heart-4a-igjen-gjennom-hjertet-again-through-the-heart

Video still