In this video we follow the everyday life of a woman. The point of view is the typical 'selfie' view, and the recording is done with fish-eye lens so the room she is in, and what she is doing, is clearly visible. The woman has a constant smile, while she is living a completely normal everyday-life; sometimes alone, sometimes with others around. My theme for this video is the modern portrait and self-representation in social media. I am also exploring the portrait function through video, and how we are orchestrating ourselves by these new ways of producing self-portraits. This opens the obvious questions around both the subject and object in the modern portrait. Who sees, and who being seen? Parallel points between the real live she is actually living, and the somewhat forced smile we are seeing, shows how the modern portrait have evolved into showing life as a surface, rather than one with meaning. Despite the static portrait we see in the video, the minimal action and long duration, there is a uncanny feeling with it which makes you keep watching. The same thing is happening when we are browsing the newsfeed in social media, being fed images from people's everyday-lives. The display-method I use for this work, is absolutely central to what I want to convey. In a black room, like a cube, the video is transferred directly onto the wall. The room will function as a black cyberspace, like the one we disappear into when we are scrolling through the updates of the social media.
THE CONTAMINTED PERFORMANCE
The focus in this project was aimed at polluted seabed as a result of current and historical activities , and the consequences this has for the environment when the sediments in the seabed is dredged. This is relevant in several places in Norway , but here specifically directed at Skrubodden in Kragerø. Where the artist conducted , in September 2013 , a performance as the modern man, installed herself on the seabed with a a table ,a chair, and improvised a meal of a dead environmental poisoned trout . The performance was documented / filmed by Per Erik Shulze from Norsk Naturvernforbund.
The raw material of the film was edited and forwarded to a site-specific video installation that she worked with directly in the wake of the first performance. This video was recorded from the projector onto a large white industrial building next to the appropriate place with public and the press present.The film was estimated at Jomfruland-exhibition in Telemark, Norway in 2014 .
Based on the work of still images and documentation that were made during the recordings of the performance , the artist completed the project within the modern discipline back in time to the classic painting and a representation in 2D. This painting was exhibited at Valdres Art Association in 2013 .
In November 2014, the painting behind this project ( "Who am I two break the water surface " oil . ) is a label-design on rakfisk-aquavit 2014, which was on sale at Vinmonopolet under the Norwegian rakfisk-festival at Fagernes in Valdres, Norway. The bottles were released in a numbered edition of 3000.
PRELUDE TO LIBERATION
SIT DOWN, PLEASE
Valdresflya (A chain of mountains in the foot of Jotunheimen, Norway)