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LET'S TALK ABOUT IMAGES 2.1.0 #EXERCISE NO. 8: ANDERS EIEBAKKE

LET'S TALK ABOUT IMAGES 2.1.0 FINAL EXERCISE BY ANDERS EIEBAKKE, ACCOMPANIED BY CONVERSATION WITH ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ANTONIO CATALDO

Duration: 5 - 12 June
Location: anderseiebakke.no

Artist conversation with Fotogalleriet artistic director Antonio Cataldo Tuesday, June 9th, 16:00 (UCT+1)
Location: Facebook Live

”…I remembered I played near the pond close to where I was standing with the old man. I was 3, maybe 4 years old. A huge swan suddenly came after me, violently and bit me with its beak. I ran with the huge bird after me. There used to be an outdoor café popular among young people in the park when I was a kid. I remembered the buzz, the warm evenings with Nordic light. Only the houses and squares were left. The man told me: you don’t belong here. I turned around. I looked into his dark eyes, he smiled. I felt dizzy, anxious. I wanted to tell him to stop, but I hesitated. He said: It is in the air. You don ́t see it, but if you really concentrate you can feel the electromagnetism. It is the 5G network. Microradiation. The virus spreads on the waves but the government keeps it a secret not to spread a panic. He took a deep breath before he continued: you see, you are hunting for demons that do not exist. You look for meaning where there is no meaning. You see the sculptures but not the radio waves. Do you want to wake the ghosts? What would it be good for?...”

To tackle the current moment of crisis, Fotogalleriet has asked reputable and young artists to guide us through their thinking processes, generating an alternative space for critical thinking and advocating new forms of freedom and togetherness.

For the eighth and final week of the programme, we are excited to present The Park, a project by acclaimed artist Anders Eiebakke which addresses the current moment and plays out within one of the most monolithic works of public art in Norwegian history, the Vigeland Park.

Still referred to in the City of Oslo’s cultural policy documents as one of the most successful works of public art in the city’s history, the Vigeland Park, studio, and subsequent museum was first proposed by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland in 1914. Construction began and continued over three decades, also during the Second World War, with Vigeland’s vision continually evolving in scale and ambition. After completion in 1947, four years after the artist’s death, the park today contains 214 unique sculptures in bronze and granite across an 850-metre axis in the affluent Oslo neighbourhood of Frogner.

Even today, the park is one of Oslo’s most visited and iconic locations, but its history and Vigeland’s life is seldom critically examined or discussed. Eiebakke’s project attempts to add a necessary layer of reflection and open up for a critical reading of Vigeland’s sculptures within a project that addresses solitude, conspiracy theories, surveillance technology, racism, family ideals, memory and empowerment.

Taking the form of an interactive webpage with a spherical, interactive image of the Vigeland park and its surroundings, the site contains ten clickable frames. When clicking a frame, a bigger frame with a video opens, with a voiceover reading diary-like texts.

Shot in the Vigeland park, the videos are edited with material from IMSI-catchers (a telephone eavesdropping device used for intercepting mobile phone traffic and tracking location data of mobile phone users), facial recognition technology, maps and drawings.

The project will be open to audiences from Friday, June 5th at anderseiebakke.no. Eiebakke will also be in conversation with Fotogalleriet’s artistic director Antonio Cataldo on Facebook Live on Tuesday, June 9th at 4 PM local time (UTC+1).

'The Park' can be seen as an intermediate work between his and Nando Schneider's self-developed IMSI-catcher “Stealing Fire from the Gods” (Berlin, 2019) and upcoming facial recognition installation “Datamirror”
commissioned by The City of Munich, in December 2020.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Anders Eiebakke (born 1970 in Oslo, Norway) has been operating his own Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, usually based on the shape of birds since 2007. His works have been presented at among other PAM 18 in Munich, Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain, The shadow of War: 100 years of Norwegian political art, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Back to Basics at Vestfossen Art Laboratory, Norway, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, The National Theatre in Oslo, Drammen museum, Norway, and Piksel 17 festival for electronic art in Bergen, Norway. His commissioned work «Seagull 1.0» from 2016 in The Norwegian Data Protection Agency was the culmination of 10 years of working with drone technology. Eiebakke is currently working with machine learning, facial recognition and mobile network technology. Eiebakke was educated at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo.

ABOUT LET'S TALK ABOUT IMAGES 2.1.0
Anders Eiebakke’s intervention concludes the eight-week long #stayhome programme Let’s Talk About Images 2.1.0, conceived and produced by Fotogalleriet in Oslo, Norway. Participating artists, commissions and contributors have included Anahita Alebouyeh, Bjarne Bare, Herman Breda Enkerud, Philip Di Salvo, Katalin Erdödi, Håkon Hoffart, Vilde M. Horvei, Manuel Pelmuş, Anushka Rajendran, AA, RG/the Society of the Friends of the Virus, and Salvatore Vitale. Artistic director Antonio Cataldo, production coordinated by Una Mathiesen Gjerde and Håkon Lillegraven, graphics and digital communication by Herman Breda Enkerud and Niels Munk Plum, with the further advice of Arash Shahali. Thank you to all the artists, contributors and supporters of the programme.

You can find all material produced for the programme on http://centreparrhesia.org/nyc/, http://redoubt.salvatore-vitale.com, and on Fotogalleriet’s Instagramand IGTV. To learn more about the programme contact us at [email protected].

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