"Attempt at..."

performance / video work 2011- present

My work over the past five years has primarily dealt with environmental issues and how climate change is shaping a new landscape, in the physical as well as the emotional sense. 

“Attempt at...” is a series of performances that explore notions of movement in different landscapes. I give myself a task of relatively simple nature: To reach the ocean, to build a monument, to drag a small house up a hill. The task at hand is a mirror of events on the the site where they are enacted. I establish a situation to help me understand how to transcribe concepts of climate change, environment, resilience, disaster and sustainability into a felt experience.

Traversing a strip of beach on the island of Fårö was prompted by an oilspill a few years earlier; an exercise for possible future scenarios on other beaches, in other streets, in other lands. Walking on two ladders seemed like the most straightforward manner to negotiate a dangerously contaminated area; aspects of ritual and physical meditation are fortunate by-products of the practicalities.

 

My attempts are for the most part futile- the shoveled dirt never gets higher than the grade for “pile” on the measuring stick, the cold embrace of the Baltic is but temporary refuge from the contaminated soil, and the hill in the Texas desert might be safe from flashfloods, but proves to be dangerously exposed to wind and wear.

 

 

The duration of each performace is denoted by the time it takes to complete the task or the time at which either I or the props wear out. 

"Attempt at..."

performance / video work 2011- present

Attempt at birch plantation

Attempt at birch plantation, 2013 Replot island, Ostrobothnia, Finland