Symbiotic Scenes, 2021

Temporary public scenographic work. TOU Scene. Stavanger. NO

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Description

Symbiotic Scenes is a public scenographic work appearing on the vacant plot in front of Scene 1 and TOU Scene in Stavanger. It's the first work of three, constituting the artistic research project Scenography as Symbiosis developed by Jakob Oredsson, artist, architect, scenographer and current research fellow at Norwegian Theatre Academy (HiØ). Scenography is imagined as symbiosis with reference to the philosophical school Object-Oriented Ontology as influenced by Lynn Margulis theories on symbiosis.

This scenography is a video work mediated through a led screen held by scaffolding. The work is realized through scenes of symbiosis between objects, which are part of the public milieu. Through the principles of copying, exposing, inversing, with relation to architecture and landscape, mundane and spectacular, the work is manifested, as new scenographic objects. It exists as foreground with the fjord landscape as background, while continuously and contradictory shimmeringly shifting between these states through everchanging exposure of existing objects. The work engages with past and future developments, cultural and political, of the public sphere, activating dialogues and encounters between human and non-human participants.

Symbiotic Scenes seeks solidarity with the endless variety of spatiotemporal scales coexisting within and forming the context. As scenography, it endeavors to exist through relation with and description of the environment, tuning with it, queering binaries such as active-passive, time-space, encouraging acceptance of difference and appreciation of strangeness.

Supported by

KORO
Arts Council Norway
Stavanger Kommune
Program for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid (PKU)
Norwegian Theatre Academy, Østfold University College

Photographer

Hampus Berndtson

Materials/Dimensions

Led screen (4 m x 5 m) (pixel pitch: 4.8 mm), 4K streaming camera, Cables, Control unit, Scaffolding