My media art videos are composed of various elements such as video, drawing, photography, sound, text and performance, and explore various aspects of identity, intimacy and distance.
In my artistic research I have reflected on our technological age, and our behavioural change through our visual culture and our high consumption of images. I found that the change was most evident in the way we communicate with each other. I’ve also pondered the phenomenological aspect of our society’s technological means of communication, as these become a sensuous extension of the body, which we perceive and experience other people through.
My artistic alter ego; «Psykonauten» (the Psychonaut), often occurs in my audiovisual-artworks. My artistic definition of him is one that explores the unconscious mind in man. He tries constantly to understand ways that people communicate in, with more or less success.
«Psychonaut» definition: a psychonaut «a sailor of the soul» is one who study and explore consciousness (including the unconscious) and altered states of consciousness; it rests on the realization that to study consciousness is to transform it.
«The Psychonauts tentative travel in the communication realm»
“The Psychonauts tentative travel in the communication realm”. Media art video/Audio-visual work, duration 10 minutes.
This art video is an interpretation of my Psychonaut’s journey and his examination of various communication attempts. This interpretation was part of my thesis on different communication interstices and of my art-based research.
«Screen Flicker» An artistic interpretation of screen addiction, which indicates how we humans, through the new technological possibilities, crave constant news updates and leaves us in a detached and fragmented state. Audio-visual work, duration 1 minute.
«The perforated I»
«The perforated I» is one of my audiovisual-artworks that explore different identity processes. The artwork is an artistic interpretation of various factors that affect one’s identity such as: transmission, reflection, need for recognition and ambivalence in the face of an imaginary virtual viewer. The new technology not only invades the private space as a place, but also our view of ourselves and our thoughts. This pierces our self-perception. As an artwork it places itself in the layer between idea and reality. Duration 10 minutes. The artwork is filmed in HD quality, 16:9 format.
Silent Communication or Communication without sound
«The Psychonauts persistent attempts to contact» (Duration 4 minutes) This media art video was also a part of my master thesis on various communication interstice. This artpiece performed simultaneously with «The Psychonaut’s communication journey» and was in active dialogue with its counterpart.
At the exhibition the audience could join in front of a mirror. Only these codes was provided during the projection of the video:
1 = waving hello, 2 = Dance, 3 = Take symbolic wave of joy, 4 = Applaud
This Media Art video is a part of a larger arts-based research project. Techniques: Video, drawing, photography and performance elements. Duration 2 minutes.
This Media Art video is part of a larger art-based research project. Techniques: Video, drawing, photography and performance elements. Duration 2 minutes.
“Are you receiving this message?” was my contribution to an artistic intervention which I was involved in under the leadership of curator Kristin Bergaust. The artwork is composed and animated on 58 layers, that consists of photography, drawing, digital drawing, video, text and audio. All items made by me. The artwork was projected onto one of the walls of the Cafe Dramas premises. The artwork looped every 3 minutes as long as the intervention lasted. «Are you Receiving this message?» reflects on how the new technology affects and change how we communicate with each other and subject us to unpleasant exposure.
Audio-visual works, duration 3 minutes.
The speech bubbles are in Norwegian.
TO ENGLISH SPEAKERS, HERE’S THE TRANSLATION:
– «What’s up with the dude behind us? He’s staring at us! »
– «LOL, WTF»
– «I know right! OMG»
– «Wait, is he filming us? »
– «Awkward! What are we gonna do? »
– «I dunno, act natural? »
– «ROFL, sure! »
– «LMAO, we’re just gonna chill, then? »
– «Yeah »