revisits / revisited

Things keep turning up in old boxes and filing cabinets. Documentations, memorabilia, outdated Umatic, Betacam, DV, VHS, and even Betamax videotapes from different projects I have done. Slowly I digitize them and will present some of them here. Along with other thing that catches my attention. No plan really.



Two week gallery exhibit. One week working on a set of pictures in the gallery space. Then vernissage for about 1 hour, followed by a one week exhibition of the back of the canvases, the image-side facing the wall. Much to the confusion of the visitors to the gallery.

Photographic images was scanned and printed onto large canvases. (190 x 190 cm) and mounted on stretcher frames. The finishing work on these, painting with bees wax and very wet acrylics, was done in the gallery for a week, with visitors to the gallery walking around in the workplace. Red acrylic photo-metric crosses were added in an attempt to give the pieces an air of objectivity or measurability.

Another part of this project was a film-documentation made by Lars Nilsen and Odd Syse. Working under the same conditions, they filmed and edited in the gallery every day. Showing the filmmaking-process to people who came into the gallery and presented a finished film on the opening. Here is an edit-sketch I made much later from the 4:3 standard Betacam tapes I provided for them.



A piece from the early 90’s, where I tried to combine two projects that I was keen on at the time. A music video with amazing music by the improvisational jazz-trio, JØKLEBA, consisting of Per Jørgensen, Audun Kleive and Jon Balke, and THE METEORITE MAN. A friend, Jack Van Domburg, had mentioned a children story he was working on. About a man that has a meteorite land on his head, which then gets stuck there. I was really taken by the image, expanded on it a little, and together we began making short film sequences around Oslo with Jack as the character in his fathers old suit. When we had the inspiration ..and the time. Not many people saw this video-work when it was published, so here it is.




Woke up this morning, for some reason thinking on the wording in the invitation to my first one-man show, at the “Gallery 7”, June 1977.  The gallery was situated in the foyer of the then great Club 7 in Oslo where I used to hang out almost every night (and sometimes day) for several years. I also worked in the theatre there, Scene 7.  Anyway.. allthough not a prestigeous gallery, it was an extremely fortunate event for me as the exhibit, surprisingly, got good reviews by the two largest national newspapers here in Norway. This really helped a lot.


For some reason, I decided to sweeten the invite with the absurd added value of music, speeches and colour-TV  –  A friend played the clarinet and I gave an unrehearsed speech. The club had a newly installed Colour TV in one part of the foyer, but the gallery-responsible, Stein Breimo, refused to have it turned on for the event.

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My debut in a national exhibition. A childhood friend had posed for these images taken in the gymnastic hall at the FGO. An experimental college we both attended. A 50 year anniversary for this really interesting school-experiment is coming up later this year and I was asked if I had any images. Unfortunately I didn’t take many documentary photos, even then, but looking for this picture in my storage I found other images from the same period that was good for me to revisit, so I’m grateful for the opportunity.

That year I was in Indonsia for two months and just managed to see the exhibition for about an hour on the last day, a sunday, before it closed.
It was not usual for art-photographers to be accepted at the autumn exhibition then. (I think Kivijarvi was the first, in 1970 or 71)
In 79 I was asked to sit in the national jury, as a representative for FFF, so things moved fast, my eyes at least.




Another early project ..half a lifetime later:  Photographers gallery, Oslo 1985

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For a long time I have been intrigued by life, and living, striving for standstill. The quietening of the body and mind. The small, yet quite perceptible micro-movements that still occur. Measuring, perhaps in a quasi-scientific way this movement – the “Standstill”.

These particular loops are interpreting and enlarging micromovements as focused on in the Sverm-project at UiO

I published a new short loop with poetic intent, the work going where it wants to go, observations from this research and practice, on the 1. of every month from october 2012 to the 1. of january 2013.  4 loops in all.

I was curious to see how the individual loops in the context of a swarm-environment and made this piece.




A sitespecific piece for the Dikemark hospital/asylum just outside Oslo for KRV last year. Based on an appropriated image of some active Norwegian art photographers, around 87 I think. Can’t remember who photographed the original, I’m afraid. I found it on the mantelpiece in the FFF meeting room in Oslo.

I removed one of the artists (not myself) from the group. The original photograph was presented on the back of the framed manipulated image. I asked for it to be hung very discretely. They found a place in a kitchen between two exhibition halls. I really liked the way people hardly noticed it at all.

The title of the piece hinted at a more complex story.