Kunst- og designhøgskolen i Bergen (KHiB) / Bergen Academy of Art and Design
Conquest of the Useless
Conquest of the Useless focuses on a character located in a tropical forest and his interaction with the landscape. My practice is very much about creating atmospheres though exploration of video and sound as mediums, in this case using movement and rhythm as key tools. These abstract elements are levelled by the concrete landscape and character through a non-lineal narrative. I wanted to see how the displacement and estrangement of the character can reflect the human condition and how simple movements of the body can decipher human experience and emotional states. As a juxtaposition to the rhythmical, mechanical and repetitive movements of the worker, some scenes show a more emotional gesture as the body collapses to the ground. The videos illuminate the theatrical aspects of the artist role and the title ridicules the concept of ‘man as conqueror’ but the work is unapologetic as it is both highly stylised and dramatic. The soundtrack fuses the live audio with subtle musical elements, creating a saturated and rich atmosphere in the exhibition space.