Unique cultural project housed on a remote beach in the Norwegian Arctic Circle

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Unique cultural project housed on a remote beach in the Norwegian Arctic Circle
Pust by Edvine Larssen. Photo: Gunnar Holmstad.

SANDHORNØY.- SALT, a unique cultural project housed on a remote beach in the Norwegian Arctic Circle, announces Edvine Larssen and HC Gilje, as two artists creating newly commissioned artworks for SALT in 2015. In addition, London-based artist and writer Caroline Bergvall will present a site-specific sunrise performance on the beach during August.

Edvine Larssen (b.1977) is a Norwegian artist mainly working with site-specific, often large-scale installations. Her work fuses space and artwork in an inseparable manner, inviting the viewer to become an active participator. Larssen’s works are to be experienced by moving through space and spending an extended period of time with them. In this way space and temporality are actual materials in her practice.

For her new work at SALT Looking Close. Looking Far., Larssen is in close dialogue with the people, history and places at Sandhornøy and the surrounding islands in Nordland over a period of one year. The first part of the work, titled Pust, was presented 8 August 2015 and offers a new way to navigate and experience the existing site at SALT.

PUST (‘BREATH’ when translated to English) features a bright neon-coloured textile installation, similar to the form of a curtain or large boat sail, which covers one end of the largest of the wooden pyramid structures that is housed on the beach at SALT, acting as a highlight or marker in the landscape. The theatrical curtain, made from a transparent and light-weight fabric, is visible from the sea and lives within the area’s striking scenery, evolving with the changeable weather conditions and moving with the wind and rain.

HC Gilje (b. 1969) is a Norwegian artist working with light, sound, architecture and space. SALT has commissioned Gilje to create a light-motion installation for the fish rack structure, Pyramiden. From late August the work GLIMT (‘flash’ or ‘glimpses’ when translated to English) will be on display and after dark giving life to the architecture and its surroundings through light, motion and shadows.

Since 2006 Gilje has worked on a long-term project he has called Conversations with Spaces. It incorporates elements from his earlier practice: exploration of physical spaces in his videos, creation of spaces in his stage work and improvisation from his live work. This project explores, mainly through large-scale installations, perception of change and transformation in the meeting between the ephemeral media of light, projection, sound and motion with physical structures.

Gilje aims to activate spaces and structures that are experienced through our bodies, seeing the body as the link between our mind and the physical world. He links perception of time and space to motion as it passes through spaces, objects, bodies and landscapes.

Finally, on 23 August 2015, writer and artist CAROLINE BERGVALL will present WATCHMAN (68°12’N), a special time and site-specific performance at SALT, which invites the audience to call in the day as a communal experience.

WATCHMAN (68°12’N) is part of art of Bergvall’s ongoing work RAGA DAWN, a sunrise vocal performance performed outdoors from the last hours of night until the very early morning during the Summer months, to accompany and celebrate the rising of day. From May - September 2016, Bergvall will perform Raga Dawn as a travelling trajectory at some 10 European sites of varying latitudes. The piece changes according to the length of the sunrise, from twilight to the first rays of the sun. The composition is an open and changing cycle of time-specific vocal and instrumental pieces, written for two voices (spoken and sung).

WATCHMAN (68°12’N) will be performed on the beach at SALT, from the very early hours of the morning until the sun reaches over the mountain and down to the beach. Celebrating the rise of day, the piece releases serenity and a spirit of hope, collective openness and connectedness.

The title WATCHMAN (68°12’N) is loosely inspired by the early medieval European morning poetry, the "alba", in which secret passionate lovers are warned by the watchman, their accomplice, that dawn is calling in and that they soon need to separate. Here, the collective spirit of the performance also calls up the large rhythmic seasonal and dirunal patterns that re-connect beings to their bodies, to their surroundings.

Salt’s art programme is curated by Helga-Marie Nordby, co-founder of Salt and a freelance curator based in Berlin and Oslo.

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