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Shoreline

SHORELINE
2017

3 channel sound installation, concrete, paint, view
Duration: 10’16” min

ARoS Triennial
The Garden, The End of Times, The Beginning of Times
Århus, Denmark

Curated by: Marie Nipper
Comissioned by: ARoS Triennial

Shoreline is a multi channel sound installation overlooking the bay of Århus. As a part of ‘The Future‘ section of the exhibition the piece is installed furthest along the coastline and is likely to be one of the last works that the viewer encounters on a visit to the ARoS Triennial titled ‘The Garden – End of Times, Beginning of Times‘, and divided in 3 successive parts, The Past, The Present and The Future.

My thoughts for the project started with the sea and the horizon as a metaphor for the future with the land as something stable that we often take for granted, perhaps indicative of the present. The shoreline became the inevitable division between them.

The constructed ruin, or folly, that frames the view is derived from a fragment of a Caspar David Friedrich painting, Klosterfriedhof im Schnee, 1817/1819, destroyed during the Berlin air raids of 1945. Other works by Caspar David Friedrich are displayed in the Museum at the beginning of the exhibition so part of my intention was to loop back around and refer the viewer to the past as well as encouraging them to look forward.

Grounded on the earth, gazing out to the shoreline, the viewer will hear disembodied but present voices, overlapping and interweaving raising issues of how nature’s and our own communities are formed and relationships between them. The text is written in collaboration with the Palestinian poet Farah Chamma.

Text:
Farah Chamma
Hans Rosenström

Voices:
Alexander Barry
Vicky Long
Delilah Montagu
Hans Rosenström

Construction of the ruin:
Bo Baerendsen

Cello & Double Bass:
Rhian Porter

Photo Credit:
Anders Sune Berg

Shoreline has been kindly supported by:
Svenska kulturfonden
Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse
Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark