Kjersti Sundland - To the thinker who is not the gardener, only the soil of the plants that grow
The video was made as part of an installation, connecting the construction of dreams to patterns in nature produced by high voltage discharge. In the book by Hillel Schwartz Unreasonable Facsimiles Culture of the Copy: Striking Likenesses, Schwartz connects the discovery of Lichtenberg figurations, made by the German physicist Georg Friedrich Lichtenberg in 1777, to Freudian psychoanalysis and the conception of dreaming. Schwartz connects the branches appearing on the conductive surface, the electrical impulses producing fractals to the underlying forces behind the creation of subconscious images. The lines move forward, ignite, spark new connections, becoming visible like branches of a tree across a conductive surface
Kjersti Sundland is an artist based in Bergen, Norway. By making use of own sound and video, live or recorded material and found footage, Sunland is exploring psychological aspects of how we perceive, communicate and navigate in our environments. The work is often presented as live performances and installations, deconstructing the original narratives, duration, or manipulation of original recordings. Sundland holds a BA in Fine Art from Coventry University, and an MA in Fine Art from Royal College of Art, London. Her work has been exhibited at Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, TICA Centre for Contemporary Art, Tiran, PunktØ, UKS,Oslo, Trøndelag senter for Samtidskunst, Galleri Brandstrup, Artopia Gallery, Milano. Her videos and live video performances has been presented at PureScreen including Castlefield, Cork Film centre, B4 Play Video, Berlin, Netmage, Bologna, AudioVisiva, Milan, VideoLisboa.
…by artists is an artist-led curatorial programme, where selected artists present online work and invite their peers to create a succession of content around the yearly theme for a period of two weeks. This strand of AOS aims to create networks between continents of digital artists as the current exhibiting artist is then asked to invite the next artist to participate in the project, keeping the chain going. The digital collage created through the ongoing series will become automatic, exploring various ideas as it develops, and aims to form a conversation between peer groups and acts as a stage for presenting new work by emerging artists.