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Svarte faen (eller fanden...)/ Sound of silver (2011/12)

Shown at Crazy eights, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, and Island: 22 artists on Iceland, EMU Gallery, Ypsilanti, USA

Kunstnerforbundet veggarbeid
hjerter kortstokk
spar hjerter
vitrine kortstokk
korthus fyr
   

The first event happened in Antarctica 1919, within a secluded community of whalers. Then there was the incident in a park in the middle of the city of Oslo, on a hot summer afternoon 2007. Both of them featured football, violence and racism, and both escalated completely out of proportions. A third and forth event connects them.

 

The core of this project is a deck of illustrated cards and an explanatory booklet. Rather than an illustrated story, the images serve as doors to the texts. The reader/ spectator, (or player) have the choice between 53 entry points to a group of loosely connected narratives without a clearly defined beginning or end. The deck of card examines the roles of culprits, victims, investigators, witnesses, interpreters, players, locations, catalysts, documents and evidence.

 


 

The deck also document it’s own creation. A visit to the south of Iceland lead to a research of something else, spawning the idea of the playing cards as a sidetrack. An invitation to an exhibition in Detroit lead to it’s realization. As the creator of the deck, I have included myself, - "The artist" - among the interpreters. None of them are to be trusted. Me neither.

 

The piece was thoroughly reworked for a norwegian version presented at a solo show in Oslo, August 2012.