Friday, March 31, 2017

soundtrack of a studio: rocks & straws - or gymnasium & snow..

"Anneli Drecker's Rocks and Straws is based on lyrics by the North Norwegian cult poet Arvid Hanssen, translated into English by artist and writer Roy-Frode Løvland. Hanssen's poems are strongly influenced by the mysterious and powerful nature of this arctic region, like the writings of Knut Hamsun, born only a few miles from Hanssen's birthplace. Man and nature, and man in nature – Hanssen captures the interaction of Northern Norwegians with their merciless but beautiful surroundings, and the sometimes-deadpan observations that follow.

As a PhD candidate at the Arctic University of Tromsø, Anneli Drecker is doing a research project on the voice techniques of indigenous people, and this is apparent especially in the song Ocean's Organ, with a Maori group singing kapa haka songs that Anneli recorded while in Auckland, New Zealand. The title refers to the voices of sailors that have drowned in the ocean, a subject that the Maori singers could easily relate to. A global reference. Something that we all are connected to: Water. And rocks. And straws."

As I was about to post this I realised that Anneli's second album based on Arvid Hansen's poems is released today: revelation for personal use

Have a nice week-end, see you all on Tuesday!

Friday, March 24, 2017

#5 flexibility - tutoring Tuesday 28th March

Dear students, we run individual tutoring on Tuesday. We start at 0900 am in the studio, and we'll follow the list below. Read the chapter 'Ecology and Flexibility in Urban Civilization' from Gregory Bateson's 'Steps to an Ecology of Mind' before our talk, and find a passage/quote that you can relate to your ongoing work. Looking forward to seeing you. 

- Tone

Anna Liisa

Maria Eugenia

#5 - flexibility of ideas | Livie

Thursday, March 23, 2017

perforated landscape

Thanks to Kjerstin for sharing her work, knowledge and thoughts, some of the web-sites mentioned during her lectures:
globio - assessing past, present and future impacts of human activities on biodiversity
amap - Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
inon  - mapping of nature free from heavy infrastructure
fieldsofexploration - master studio at AHO in the winter of 2012 

+ Mikkel Nils Sara's writings on reindeer husbandry.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


DAV from Lassi Tulonen on Vimeo.

people & places

Johan guiding us through Vestbygd, Torfinn at Myre Saltfisk, Marie & Svein Erik in Nyksund, Anette of TIND, Samir at Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole, Kurt Atle of Flakstad kommune, Venke founder of Kaviar Factory, Andreas at Trevarefabrikken, Anne Katrine welcoming us at Dolven Studio, Mary Ann & Børge Captain Storm in Ballstad, Rolf at Lofoten Marine Oils, Hermod presenting the mapping of Lofoten méer and Lars Harald with his Lofoten Tours bus and lots of information and stories to share.

Myre, Nyksund, Vestbygd, Eggum, Unstad, Svolvær, Kvalnes, Reine, Å, Ballstad, Henningsvær, Kabelvåg, Fredvang, Ramberg: art galleries, boats, old factories in transition, islands, churches, artist studio, artscape sculptures, tourist routes projects, avalanche protection structures, bird sanctuaries, abandoned villages, light houses, bridges, cod liver oil plant, piers, docks, fish landing and production stations, prison turned into film school, mountain cabins, historical farm, boat houses, peat museum, mountains, beaches, surf centre, fish saltery, stockfish cathedrals.. see #layeredlandscapeslofoten for more photos.

Assignment #5: flexibility

Investigate the concept of flexibility in the landscapes of Lofoten:
/ in order to comprehend the interactions between ecosystems / to provide diversity / to build resilience in landscapes and societies / to prepare for future challenges and strong external forces


P2240223_1 from ev ab on Vimeo.

yellow dinghy


kvalnes:atAK's from arne nordhammer on Vimeo.


DAV | Sands of time

#4 Fieldwork | Fragments

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

DAV - written text about time - Jøran

#3. Vulnerability. Imprint of human presence

#4 - finding(s) | Livie

#4 Walked path


#4: Processing


rhythms - - - - - - - rhythms - - - - - - - rhythms


It is so different from home(and 71 red sticks)

DAV: All encounters in life are reunions after long times apart | Sam

A long time ago, a Norwegian girl went to Paris alone to study. She could not really speak French at that time, so as one boy from the Far East in the class. That is a good reason they stayed together all day. Since they do not have a common language, the communication was often using body language, but somehow they managed to understand each other, and became very close friends.

The girl left Paris suddenly. In the era of writing letters, they have never heard from each other again.

40 years later the girl has became a great Norwegian artist. After one of her personal exhibition is held, she receive an email:

"Anne Katrine, are you? I'm Nishino!"

The boy, Nishino Yoshiaki is now the director of the The University Museum, The University of Tokyo. As a professor he published books about art, books making, Japanese-French related. He then sent the girl his works, all the way from Japan to the edge of the world. He visited Norway afterward. The two good friends can finally communicate by fluent English and French, Nishino stayed in the small blue house at the beach for a few days, they climbed the mountain together even they are both more than 60 years old. Nishino read and loved some of the girl's poems, so he create a very special book for these poems, as a gift to his dearest friend.

And that is the story of A K Dolven.

I was very touch by the story, as a lone wanderer for all these years. Remind me of all these friends in my life, we could not really fully communicate because of the languages, but showed mutual support, helping and caring. Sadly I have not heard from some of them for a long time.

Dolven could never imagine that there would be another boy from the Far East, talking to her in her own house, the "Edge of the world", reading Nishino's book and her poetry in the small blue house, and climb with her together.

She wants us to spend few days on thinking about "time". I was, and I am still thinking of this great friendship and its story. It reminds me of my favorite quote:

"All encounters in life are reunions after long times apart."

Dedicated to A K Dolven and Nishino Yoshiaki

Rural Morphology

#4 Places in between

#4 / Perceived colours



#4 fieldwork: Past, Present, Future | Sam

During the trip I keep eyeing on the relationship between Lofoten and Human: no matter the locals or outsiders. Lofoten is a hidden gem, and providing what all people need. I divided to 3 main categories: Fishery, Tourism and Regeneration. But then chase back to what I have been thinking in the blue house -- time, realized that I am actually looking at Lofoten with its past, present and future.

1 Fishery: Past | Present

- History
- Modern fishery industry
- Abandoned ports

2 Tourist: Present | Future

- Resources: the landscape = sight seeing
- Opportunity for business
- Threats: Overloading in summer time

3 Regeneration: Future | Past

- Reuse of the abandoned buildings/ports
- Artists' activities
- A. K. Dolven: Connection between Lofoten and outside world

#4 trace and experience

Who Made this?

I look for the first time at this thing I have found. [...]
and I am perplexed.
Then I ask myself the question; who made this?

Monday, March 20, 2017

#4 Place & colour

#4 // Anna Liisa // Monuments

The first, fieldwork part of my work for this assignment was keeping a diary during the field trip.
It became a book of photos, sensory mappings, sketches and candy wrappers.

Once back home, I decided to explore Lefebvre's theories of space a little more. (1)

He proposes a trinity, which he calls "moments of the production of space".
  • spatial practice: the material dimension of social activity and interaction
  • the representation of space: defining space through discourse, speech, descriptions, theories, maps, pictures etc.
  • spaces of representation: spaces, which refer to something else - a divine power, the logos, the state

What came to interest me most were the spaces of representation. Which spaces do we create solely to carry an idea? Idea, which may have sprouted from our everyday activities, then discussed with others and finally manifested in some form in space - maybe to come full circle and influence our everyday activities.

A space, which best represented Lofoten to me, was a view from the seashore at Kvalnes during a hailstorm. A narrow village between dramatic mountains and a stormy sea, a tiny strip of comfort.

Which monuments do the people of Lofoten create? Which ideas do they find important to build?

(1) With the help of a book called "Space, Difference, Everyday Life. Reading Henri Lefebvre" by Kanishka Goonewardena, Stefan Kipfer, Richard Milgrom and Christian Schmid.



lines in the snow

DAV // Anna Liisa // Light performance


The performance took place one evening after dinner at Anne Katrine's studio and consisted of darkness, a thermal blanket and a flashlight, with this as soundtrack:

numbers - DAV

The sound of the fishing rod and nature around.

 Each picture represent a time. From new to old to older. The sound shall represent the time of the wooden structure. As the wood thoughens over time. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

review #4: fieldwork + assignment #5: flexibility

Tuesday march 21 - review assignment #4: fieldwork
lille auditorium
11.00 - 18.00 all students and teachers
15 minutes each

Wednesday march 22 - assignment #5: flexibility
10.00-11.00 lecture: the Perforated Landscape: Kjerstin Uhre
11.00-12.00 literature talk: Bateson + new assignment #5: flexibility
(the text: Gregory Bateson, Ecology and Flexibility in Urban Civilization, in Steps to an Ecology of Mind is available in the studio library)
12.00-13.00 lunch
13.00-14.00 DAV talk
14.30-15.30 open lecture: Contested Landscapes: Kjerstin Uhre

Friday, March 17, 2017

#5 flexibility

Keywords: resilience / adaptation
Literature: ‘Ecology and Flexibility in Urban Civilization’, Gregory Bateson, from 
Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972)
Lecturer: Kjerstin Uhre (architect, phd research fellow)

Now more than ever, nature cannot be separated from culture; in order to comprehend the interactions between ecosystems, the mechanosphere and the social and individual Universes of reference, we must learn to think ‘transversally’. Félix Guattari, The Three Ecologies (1989)

In Paris the office aaa  (atelier d’architecture autogerée) lead by Constantin Petcou and Doina Petrescu, has developed an urban flexibility strategy (or tactics which are events and interventions to engage citizens in defining their own living conditions and position as participants in the urban context) on the concept of resilience. They use resilience as a proactive tool to prepare for the ongoing changes in the urban fabric, and for securing the inhabitants’ rights to emancipation, and to participation in urban life. 

‘Resilience’ is a key term in the context of the current economic crisis and lack of resources. In contrast to sustainability, which is focused on maintaining the status quo of a system by controlling the balance between its inputs and outputs, without necessarily addressing the factors of change and disequilibrium, resilience addresses how systems can adapt and thrive in changing circumstances. Resilience is a dynamic concept with no stable definition or identity outside the circumstances producing it. In contrast to sustainability, which tends to focus on maintaining an environmental balance, resilience is adaptive and transformative, inducing change that harbours vast potentials for rethinking assumptions and building new systems. (Petrescu & Petcou 2015, p. 255)

The earthly conditions for life are in continuous change and even the seemingly most conceivable harmonious and balanced systems and structures undergo a constant inner and outer battle and fight for survival. The most specialized species and societies are the most vulnerable for external influence and environmental changes, and in times of rapid and strong changes, ability for adaptation and flexibility is crucial. This counts for ecosystems in nature, cities or societies – something that was manifested through numerous examples during our recent study trip to Lofoten; the consequences of places’ and societies’ ability for flexibility and adaptation. Some communities have disappeared, some have been able to adapt and to profit from structural changes, and some have frozen in time, and turned into museal remainings of another life, time and function.

Gregory Bateson describes the failure of adaptation as a lack of flexibility and understanding of the transforming forces, dedication of new knowledge and development of new means for production and invention; The new invention gives elbow room or flexibility, but the using up for that flexibility is death (Bateson 1972/2000, p. 503).

Like Félix Guattari, Gregory Bateson is very aware of the dynamism of the changes and the importance of contextual ecological understanding in planning – with the consequence that [w]e are not outside the ecology for which we plan – we are inevitably a part of it (IBID, p. 512). It is a challenge for existing planning regimes to handle the complexity that comes out of a deep ecological thinking, and of keeping the planning process open for heterogeneity and adaptable to the future unforeseen. According to Bateson it is an absolute necessity to maintain complexity in nature and diversity in the civilization, not only to accommodate the genetic and experimental diversity of persons, but also to provide the flexibility and ‘pre-adaptation’ necessary for unpredictable change (IBID, p. 503).

The basic condition for planning and change lies in the transversality between natural and cultural ecosystems described by Guattari, and must be largely understood for building up resilience in the landscape, not in resisting change, but in terms of accommodating change (Allen & Sauters, 2007). Stan Allen and Florian Sauters discuss this as the necessary way of planning which means that your thinking has to be every bit as fluent and adaptive as the kind of systems you are talking about. In other words, you can not apply rigid or dogmatic principals to systems that are themselves fluent, adaptable, changing and always incorporating feedback. (…) It is a way of thinking that mirrors the dynamism of ecological systems themselves (IBID). This is a philosophy that presupposes an acceptance of – and ability to, address the complexity inherent in nature and society, and emphasize that for us to survive; the ecological ideas implicit in our plans are more important than the plans themselves (Bateson, 1972, p. 513).

Stan Allen in dialog with Florian Sauters, ‘Theory, practice and landscape in Natural metaphor’, architectural papers III, 2007
Gregory Bateson, Ecology and Flexibility in Urban Civilization, in Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972)
Constantin Petcou and Doina Petrescu, R-URBAN or how to co-produce a resilient city, in ephemera, 2015) 
Félix Guattari, The Three Ecologies 1989

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


lecture about marine waste in the small auditorium at 10.00 on Thursday (16.03)

Monday, March 13, 2017

DAV // washed up over time

Subject: DAV // Teacher: Anne Katrine Dolven // Assignement: Time // 
Students: Sveinung, Arnulf and Stine Elise

Time spent walking along the beach and shoreline looking for trash or treasures washed up over time. 
Can someone's waste be valuable for someone else? Can we give it a new use? It was an endless row of questions. 

We found: a plastic boat, a russian log, a drink dispenser, an aluminum rod, styrofoam, rope, glass, shotgun shell, pottery pieces, seaweed, snails and shells.

The boat, log and drink dispenser got a new value as a wind shelter, stools and a fireplace. By using the rope we pulled the boat up from the shore. The russian timber has a historical tradition for use as material for buildings in the area.

The rest organized neatly, ready to be reused.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tutoring #4 fieldwork, Monday 13th March

Dear students, looking forward to seeing you on Monday and discuss your work in assignment #4 fieldwork. We meet in groups of three, the first group starting at 09 am. See you all!

- Tone

Thursday, March 2, 2017

/DAV Eit fjom

Kom ikkje med heile sanningi

Kom ikkje med heile sanningi, 
kom ikkje med have for min torste,
kom ikkje med himmelen når eg bed um ljos, 
men kom med eit glimt, eit dogg, eit fjom,
slig fuglne ber med seg vassdropar frå lauget
og vinden eit korn av salt

Don't come to me with the entire truth

Don't come to me with the entire truth,
don't bring the ocean when I feel thisty,
nor heaven if I ask for light;
but bring a hint, som dew, a particle,
as birds carry drops away from a lake and the wind a grain of salt. 

-Olav H. Hauge

In the basement at Anne Katrine Dolvens studio there is a imperfect organ.