Bridge to Bridge
The project uses the post industrial area in Bergen as a starting point to investigate the idea of the photographic survey. Combining images from today's abandoned industrial sites with historical images from the Bergen University photographic archive. The intention is to contract a narrative that encompasses the history of the area and visualize the ambivalence of an urban landscape in decay and in anticipation.
"Damsgaardsveien" is a compressed area limited to approximately 2 kilometres along the harbour and industrial side of Bergen. From the 1920s to 1970s this part of Bergen consisted mainly of shipbuilding yards and other maritime and industrial related activities. Most of these activities today are closed and the neighbourhood is now in a state of post-industrial re-urbanisation.
The Bergen council has already initiated plans to reclaim this territory for urban resettlement. Like many of the water-front areas in larger towns in Europe, Damsgaardsveien will eventually constist of flats and centers for modern urban activites, such as shopping malls, cafes and restaurants. Although the Bergen council sees this district as a possibility for modernisation of Bergen, right now, in its semi-ruined state and on the verge of a more or less total make-over, it has a charm and identity that stems from layers of history folded into it's streets.