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Ingrid Book and Carina HedÃ©n, â€œ33 dagar frÃ¥n ett krikonsnÃ¥râ€ (â€œ33 Days from a Damson thicketâ€), 2014
â€33 Daysâ€ â€“ an exhibition by Ingrid Book and Carina HedÃ©n
20.11 2014â€”15.2 2015
KONSTHALL C , CigarrvÃ¤gen 14, 123 57 Farsta, Sweden
33 dagar/33 Days is an exhibition by Ingrid Book and Carina HedÃ©n, and an investigation into the life of insects existing in a habitat of Damson trees (Prunus Insititia). The first Scandinavian findings of Damson, the â€œpoor manâ€™s plumsâ€, are from the Viking age. The thicket measures 26 x 13 meters and is situated a few hundred meters from Grimeton Radio Station, on the west coast of Sweden. Itâ€™s a large-scale radio station for long wave transmissions and wireless telegraphy with the US from the 1920s. The Grimeton Radio Station of Halland is included in UNESCOâ€™s World Heritage list.
The Damson thicket is surrounded by an agricultural landscape with monoculture. Itâ€™s a fragment of an old cultural landscape and represents an endangered biological heritage. The insects have been filmed in high resolution (4K), with a camera that â€œseesâ€ more than the human eye and that reveals a â€œnewâ€ visual reality. Vegetation observed from the inside with the ultrafast reactions of the insects versus standstill and slow-moving time.
A diary of the unexpected behaviour of insects and their encounters (with man and his machines as an alien element) â€“ during a rapidly proceeding summer.
Another work, â€œDRIFT, what about Callisto?â€, questions the usage of pesticides in todayâ€™s industrial agriculture.
Works in the exhibition:
Video: â€œ33 dagar frÃ¥n ett krikonsnÃ¥râ€ (â€œ33 Days from a Damson thicketâ€), 115 min, 2014
Video: â€œDRIFT, what about Callisto?â€, 28 min, 2014
Ingrid Book and Carina HedÃ©n are two artists based in Oslo. In their work â€“ photography, video and installations â€“ they actualize ethical and social questions in the intersections of architecture and urban and regional landscapes. Exhibitions of their work include Midlertidige utopier/Temporary Utopias for the Norwegian Democracy Investigation (Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo 2003), News from the Field about urban agriculture (Bienale de SÃ£o Paulo 2004), MilitÃ¦re landskap/Military Landscapes (Festspillutstillingen in Bergen, 2008). They participated in the Moderna Show 2010 with the series of photos Bexells Stenar, ett undangÃ¶mt monument (Bexellâ€™s Stones, a hidden monument).
The exhibition 33 dagar/33 Days also marks the end of our two-year long exhibition/investigation Sustainability â€“ What Do We Actually mean?*, initiated by the Konsthall C work group in January 2013.
In connection with the opening of the exhibition, Thomas BÃ¸hn, researcher/professor in gene ecology at the University of TromsÃ¸, gave a lecture.
About Thomas BÃ¸hn: â€œMy research interests are focused on the effects of modern biotechnology, and in particularly of genetically modified orgamisms (GMO), on experimental model systems and on real food-webs. At my institution GenÃ˜k Iâ€™m particularly interested in risk assessment and effect studies of modern biotechnological products. One focus has been on the food quality and ecotoxicology of GM-plants (for example Bt-corn or Roundup Ready soy) in a feeding model with water fleas (Daphnia magna), also in combination with chemical stress factors (herbicides and other chemical pollutants). In the field, I work with the consequences of modern biotechnology on biological diversity and food-webs, both in terrestrial and aquatic systems. I also have a great interest in evolution, biodiversity, ecological interactions and invasion biology.â€
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