Chapter I

21.04.23 – 23.04.23

“One step down the ladder, the water felt colder than expected—an unsatisfactory luck-warm touch on my foot. The chlorine tickles my nose. And a symphony of high- pitched screams and laughter from children playing in the next pool feels like overwhelming rush hours. Another step down the ladder, twisting my hips and holding tight to the sidebars. I am now facing the concrete edge of what separates gravity and unsolidness. The perpetuated movements from all this unsynchronized underwater choreography are rippling to the edges, splashing my collarbones. Third step down the ladder: What am I doing here? Last step left, water up to my neck, a gentle strangling embrace is holding me tight and calling me in. I can feel my ears looking forward to conversing with the water waves, filtering the disharmonies of overexcited kids.”

Bouée de sauvetage, (x3) 55cm x 55cm x 7cm, 2023
surface Tension
, glazed stoneware, 140cm x 55x 1cm, 2023

Lane Line 1, glazed stoneware, metal, 13cm x 13cm x 195 cm, 2023

Flip, Flop, Spash (KIT 1), glazed stoneware, epoxy, 4,5cm × 54cm x 30 cm, 6,5cm x 25cm x 9 cm, 2023

Through a narrated fantasy, “Piscine Municipale” presents a site specific installation inspired by architectural settings. The intention is to create a space where one can feel immersed within a fictious and uncanny approach of a public swimming pool atmosphere by the means of ceramic sculptures and industrial materials. The diversion of spatial functionality from its initial environment and the notion of resistance occurring from the lack of water are the primary parameters of the exhibition. In a grandly dysfunctional variation, all these notions which are an abstraction of a longing can manifest this inherent force which will always exceed us.

Documentation: Eivind Egeland
Support: Studio17, Bergen Kommune, Kulturdirektoratet.

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