Universitatea Națională de Arte București
Are you there?
Oystein Johansen's childhood spent growing up in a small village informs his artistic work through a fascination for isolation and the ways people deal with each other in isolated environments. Following on from a previous piece, Sonar, that reflected on how people cope with disaster, Are you there? explores the phenomenon of cabin fever by focusing on a couple who have been alone in their house for a very long time, waiting for a guest. As they begin to realise the guest is not coming, they start to feel that they are not alone. Fear turns to anxiety, and from total silence comes a poisonous tension that rises to breaking-point...