Unstable Ground

The Gap

(iteration 03, January 2023)

video-still of Unstable Ground: The Gap
video-still of The Gap, an exploratory video-essay
This exploratory video-essay is one of the outcomes of my one month research residency at KH Messen in Ålvik, Norway.

research residency in January 2023 at KH Messen in Ålvik, Norway

What lies inbetween two parallel points/parallel lines/fjords? This is a speculative question, because I will never be able to reach the central-point of what I desire to know.

In 2017, incited by a ‘Patafysica class during my Master studies, for the first time the gap solidified itself as an interest of mine. An uncanny feeling arose: when approaching points of interest, something will always elude itself. Thus I started to investigate through analytical drawings from which the ongoing research Unstable Ground developed.

Ålvik is located at the Hardangerfjord. I see this body of water as a physical and experiential case study of the gap. The fjord, with the closest ferry in Kvanndal on a 12km distance and no bridge in the proximity of Ålvik, provides an unsurmountable distance that I am eager to explore. How do I experience this physical gap and what might solidify in that, at least to me, unknowable territory? Being in Ålvik during the winter months will add a layer of fragility and temporality to my research, since the natural forces of the season unveil the limitations of the human body and of forcing our human structures and ideas on our environment.

This residency was made possible with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.