Lengsler ..og stengsler ..is the Norwegian title for this unfinished project.
Black and white IR (infrared) stills-animations were recorded on the seafronts facing the Gibraltar strait, where two great continents “touch water” with each other. – Along a coast road in southern Spain. Going east from the town of Tarifa, towards Guadalmesi. Equally in Eddalya and Ksar-es-Sghir, on the coast road going east from Tanger in northern Morocco.
On each side of an expanse of water, two men in formal suits approach the shores at the outermost edge of their respective continents. They are shown observing and measuring up the mass of land across the water. Then they start to rotate.
They also show up in each others worlds and, unaware of the other, rotate together.
Geographical, ethnological, secular and sacred divides.
The sketches of wordings here are sampled in the archives of UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund / Young Artists’ Society). Revealing rythms and returning patterns in the 100 years of organizational work for generations of young artists, since 1921. – The dreams. The aspirations – The flockings.
A “behind the scenes” filmed by Kristian and Eirik during the shoot. On the left, from the Moroccan side. On the right, from the Spanish side.
An initial intuition was to also have two women, in formal dresses, rotate on each side of the Bosporus-strait, where Europe is separated by water from another great continent.
But.. as way led on to way..
Wherever you go ..there you are
Some footage from my first trip to Gibraltar to test out timelapses and scout locations in 2008.
Parallels ..polarities maybe