Children’s paintings, the sound from a grasshopper,
low pressure sodium light and IR controlled strobes.
Exhibit: In the group exhibition: ‘Kaduns’
coordinated by Malmö Art Academy, Malmö Music Academy and Artist Doug Ischar, Chicago, UIC.
Location: Peep Gallery, Rooseum (now closed), Malmö, Sweden
In the autumn of 1999 I recorded the sound from a grasshopper in the countryside of Malmö. The sound appealed to me in the various meanings of destroyed or undestroyed and artificial or natural. The children’s paintings became an opposite element to the low pressure sodium light that only has a peak in the spectrum of 589.0nm – 589.6nm producing a monochrome environment. I wanted to keep the age of the children quite low as an indexical element of their positive interests in colour and composition. The strobes acted as a link between the paintings, light and the sound.
when the flashes went on it looked like this, detail from wall:
when the flashes where off (most of the time) it looked like this, detail from wall:the long forms with tentacles are supposed to be grasshoppers
Double sequence Registered times on all watches with numbers I looked at between 11.11 AM (990405) and 1.12 PM (992405).
Desktop, computer, plant, and document with numbers plus a note book with a pen on another table where people could write their own number as they entered the space and looked at the screen. The clock screen saver had a ticking sound every second.
The tabloid sized magazine nerv is a freely distributed culture periodica, with four number every year, in the Øresund region (Malmö and Copenhagen). The magazine reaches app. 150 000 readers in the region.
The piece is a fictive journal presented in the magazine.
Public installation/event with: 8 wood tripods, official mark off tape
Friday May 14 1999, S. Förstadsgatan 18, Malmö
Paths Rearranged(with permission)
People are always moving through spaces and levels of consciousness. In the city signs are telling You where to go and how to organize Yourself to others. We are often very well coordinated to meet the demands of the city. Both to make our movements fit economically in this environment and to keep up the feeling that we are free to make individual selections of directions in the city and life.
Movement takes time and effort and, therefore, it’s important to measure the shortest way between two places. That measurement is, however, often deformed by the shifting variables (physical or mental) for city travel.
The rearrangement at Södra Förstadsgatan is an installation to make people move differently through a space. Pedestrians will be confronted by an area marked-off with construction tape. The placement of the tape defines two basic paths; around the marked-off area (2.) or through the center of it (1.). At a distance (a) it would seem better to pass around the construction, but as one approaches it (b) the route through the center could be the simpler route.
Route of Kindness
An ambulance suddenly needs to go through the space. A man with white coat jumps out of the ambulance, moves two of the tripods, the ambulance passes through, the man kindly places the tripods back again, the form is really untouched. Its all over in a couple of seconds.
Thanks to :Alex Slide, Sharon Lockhart, Lars Brunström, Dag-Are Haugan, for positive feedback and support during the project.
Tracing the moment
This large scale project was made at nights on two ice covered lakes in Stockholm between the years 1996-1998. The specific time of the night when taking the pictures was in a correlation to the position of the stars.