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Kjersti Sundland explores video as both 'observer and infiltrator' in Rom8

Kjersti Sundland will be working on her artistic research project 'Temporal undercurrents-exploring cinesensory space' in Rom8 from 1 to 7 April. In this project, Sundland explores the concept 'cinesensory experience' – how video can function as both 'observer and infiltrator', between the material world and the body's sensory apparatus.

Image: Documentation from Kvien Brunvoll´s improvised session in the forest, March 2012. Photo: Kristin Bang- Steinsvik

In this project, Sundland explores the concept 'cinesensory experience' - how video can function as both 'observer and infiltrator', between the material world and the body's sensory apparatus.

The working title 'Temporal Undercurrents' derives from Andrei Tarkovsky's book 'Sculpting in Time' (1986), where he proposes that one of the key elements in cinema is essentially rhythm, that one can think of a cinematic work without music, editing, or even actors, but it is impossible to imagine any cinematic work without rhythm 'winding through the shots like a temporal undercurrent'.

Kjersti Sundland asks herself: Is it possible to 'travel' within a cinematic space by fastening sensors/recording devices directly onto the viewer? Can it 'track' the movements/sound in actual space to generate movement/sound, and temporal shifts in the cinematic space?

The project is a collaboration with visual artist Anne Bang-Steinsvik, together with whom she forms the artists group Undersentralen, and musician Mari Kvien Brunvoll.

The work is based on sound and video recordings made in a forest in winter 2012. The recordings were made using a real time sound and video processing program, where the lighting consisted of spotlights in the forest that responded to different frequencies in Kvien Brunvoll's voice.

There will be various spatial explorations of the sound and video material in Rom8 during the week, and remixes of the recordings from winter 2012 will be performed live by Kjersti Sundland and Anne Bang-Steinsvik on Saturday 6 April 7pm.


Rom8
is a conduit for development, discussion and presentation of artistic research at Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Rom8 is a 100 m2 space located at street level in the city centre. The space is used to develop and communicate processes and experiments with a particular focus on dialogue and critical reflection. The intention of Rom8 is to actively lift out processes of artistic research and allow sharing of knowledge both internally and externally.

Published: 3/25/2013 by Rebecca Rodriguez Updated: 3/19/2015 by admin