On a wintery Sunday at dawn, snow still on the ground, we arranged an experimental evening with soundwalking, film screening on the snow, mixed media installations and storytelling by a warming fire. During seven months, we have returned to one and the same place, an urban allotment garden ("koloni" in Swedish), at various times and during different seasons. In February we staged a work-in-progress where people were invited to listen, look, walk and talk with us.
The public event grew out of the collaboration "Anthropomorfic Interfaces". We thought of the allotment as an interface, a medium that connects different users. Some of these users are Zea mays, the allotmenteers, Sentinel satellites, a large variety of birds and insects, and a plethora of plants, eartworms, microbes and unknown entities.
By paying close attention, observing, recording, working on site and with the site we have gathered material, ideas and insights. We then projected this material back onto the site, yet again observing and recording. Through this process we have developed our ability to think with and through a specific site, and to practice a place-based thinking and doing.
We let our individual and collective works merge on site and thought of the event as an "expanded cinema", where the visitors became an integral part of the composition, weaving together different parts and experiences.
Read more about various parts here:
24 hours at 59°17'10.4"N, 18°06'08.7"E, altitude: 43 meters
Tracking the Borders >>
Between Earthworms and Satellites >>
A Feeling for the Organism (or, I Call Them Barbara) >>
With support from Konstnärsnämnden (Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Visual Arts Fund)