The location of the exhibition was in a place that in the common tongue used to be called «kållabåtn» which translates to «kullbunn» or «coal-bottom», reflecting the use of this location in earlier times as a place for loading the coal on the boats on the nearby river.
By changing the importance of oppressed (read subjective) parameters in the making of maps, here the place itself and elements from it´s history are given the determinative position.
The changing winds and climate affects the pattern in the coal placed between the two glassplates, and creates a continuously transforming image of its own.
approximately 110 x 42 x 60 cm
Wood, glass, coal
22 x 34 cm
18 x 19 cm
Void 1 & 2
Drawing on paper
33 x 65 cm
8 x 12 cm
Site specific work made for an exhibition in Kalfarlien 18. The house, now owned by two brothers, functions both as their part-time home, and a location for cultural events such as art exhibitions and concerts.
The photograph shows the mother of the two brothers, sitting by the piano giving instructions to one of her pupils. The photograph is now 30 years old and the mother is no longer alive. Still, nothing has changed in the room from when the photograph was taken.
While the experience of music can give a sensation of freedom or floating, learning and practicing to play instruments often cause the very opposite sensation, of focused concentration or staggering.
The piece «Etude» reflects this polarity; it is soothing to listen to but very strenuous to play, even though it is made in a way so that the scores are possible to read even without knowledge of notes.
Photograph, 10 x 10 cm
Shelf with scores, flickering in blowing air
Piano with the scores of Etude, a piece written specifically for this event
Hellebu is a traditional log cabin, located in the outskirts of Notodden, Telemark. The cabin functions as an artist residency, publishing house, and as a venue for exhibitions and live events.
Founded in 2009 by Johanne Birkeland and Ellen Henriette Suhrke, Hellebou came about after a weekend spent together in the cabin. At that time, the cabin was mainly used for storage space.
With a desire to revive and make use of the surroundings, we turned Hellebu into an artist residency. We organized it´s interiors, and made room for studios in a neighboring woodshed and and a playhouse. The studios were provided with electricity and simple tools. We coated the cabins lumber walls with tar, and cleared the forest trail. Since our initiative began, more than 50 artists have lived and worked at Hellebu, for a stay of their own chosen duration. Our guests are encouraged to bring along a companion and explore the the surrounding fishing lakes, forests and mountain trails. Each artist should produce a work that is somehow related to the site, and the works are later presented in exhibitions or publications.
Hellebou has produced three magazines, three 7» vinyl records, postcards and an artist book. Other activities include presentations in book fairs and exhbitions.
From Here To There
"From Here To There" is a composition written and performed by Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Eva Pfitzenmaier and Johanne Birkeland.
The piece is made for the specific location of Bontelabo, an old freezing building with several hundred square meters of empty space. The industrial building makes up a very special acoustic and the aim of the composition is to explore this, by both imitating and challenge the acoustics of the architecture and the industrial aesthetics.
The duration of the piece is approximately 25 minutes.
A place by the river
Sound and collage
A subjective map, made from recordings my of movements in Rotterdam, the winter of 2012. The pattern reflects the perceived surroundings of an unknown territory and the attempt to make a map based on alternative map-making parameters.
If it were not for the dutch dikes, Rotterdam would be flooded by water.