In the exhibition I participated with two works: The film Bee talks about the importance of bees, their complex and intelligent way of life, and the artificial duality between culture and nature.

The installation, Makkverk, comprises of a zinc bucket containing a population of at least 10.000 compost worms of the species Eisenia fetida. Throughout the exhibition period they transformed scraps of food and plant leftovers into soil, while singing their peculiar song. Through direct video and sound transmission from the process, the work gives us a singular perspective on the soil’s fascinating origins. In an age when nutritious topsoil disappears up to 40 times faster than it is replenished, the work becomes both an aesthetically and thought- provoking experience. And an important meeting between humans and the humus makers.

The show also included a public programme with a live jam session with the worms + clarinetist Håvard Lund and dancer Ellinor Staurbakk.


I am a multitude, Arctic Arts Festival FINN, June 19–July 25 2021, Galleri Nord-Norge, Harstad, Norway

As part of this year’s Arctic Arts Festival in Harstad, Northern Norway, the festival exhibition I am a Multitude presents different ways of being in the world, and the complex symbiotic relationship between all of us. From the microscopic, which can make quite a surprising difference, to the macroscopic that supposedly makes a bigger impact, we wish for the exhibition to, in an imaginative way, open up for the exploration of various types of existences and sensualities. In a time when the distant has slipped even further away, and the near has crept even nearer, we aim to build bridges and to inspire the exploration of less obvious connections.

Participating artists: Allora & Calzadilla, Annika Eriksson, Antti Tenetz, Atelier Éditions, Camilla Renate Nicolaisen, Daniel Slåttnes, Eva Bakkeslett, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Gerd Aurell, Inghild Karlsen, Iselin Linstad Hauge, Jean Painlevé, Jana Winderen, Jenna Sutela, John Cage with Lois Long & Alexander H. Smith, Matti Aikio, Mercedes Mühleisen, Michelle-Marie Letelier, Outi Pieski, Simon Daniel Tegnander Wenzel, Yngvild Færøy og Søssa Jørgensen, Viktor Pedersen, Åsa Sonjasdotter.

Curated by Karolin Tampere and Torill Østby Haaland from the North Norwegian Art Centre.

Public programme, June 19–26: The program includes presentations in the gallery by curators and artists, an interactive VR experience by Michelle-Marie Letelier, a performance-lecture by Simon Daniel Tegnander Wenzel, live radio by Søssa Jørgensen and Yngvild Færøy, a public discussion about co- existence with seagulls by Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen, a live concert with clarinetist Håvard Lund, dancer Ellinor Staurbakk and compost worms from Eva Bakkeslett’s installation and an evening in the gallery for youth to be in conversation with the artists.


Nordnorsk debatt

I am a Multitude – Announcements – e-flux

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