«FOREST OF FALLEN TREES» av BJØRN ERIK HAUGEN

Forest of Fallen Trees (2014)

Forest of Fallen Trees is a video-sculpture. The project is a continuous search of finding representations of faces of deceased in white noise on a TV through the exhibition period.
This video-sculpture consists of two identical TV- sets, an antenna and a small computer with a camera attached. The work can be exhibited either on a stand or a shelf on the wall of the gallery space.

Death & the other side
Video, like photography, has a history and connotation linked to death since the image is a storage and a representation that can outlive a person. In old times, when photos were expensive and you had to get a photographer to take it, you often took a photo of you, your family and your dearest belongings to stage a representation that would outlive you, by which it also often did.

Video has a link to the other side, and continues a link from the mirror to be a portal to the other side, that can be seen in the famous movie Poltergeist. And for example there is phenomenon or saying that the audience that laughs on American TV shows are old recordings and the people have now died of age.

Earlier I have worked on projects concerning the images of war and death and the technological and historical links between the camera and the gun. This project both expands and continues the research with an old paranormal belief that one can communicate with the dead through the TV when it is not showing any video signal, only white noise.

Edison the inventor
Thomas Edison was one that believed that it would be possible to communicate with the dead: «If our personality survives, then it is strictly logical or scientific to assume that it retains memory, intellect, other faculties and knowledge that we acquire on this Earth. Therefore, if personality exists after what we call death, it is reasonable to conclude that those who leave the Earth would like to communicate with those they have left here. I am inclined to believe that our personality hereafter will be able to affect matter. If this reasoning be correct, then, if we can evolve an instrument so delicate as to be affected by our personality as it survives in the next life, such an instrument, when made available, ought to record something.»

Although it was believed that Edison worked on a prototype for this invention until his own death in 1931, models or plans for this telephone to the afterlife were never found.

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Bjørn Erik Haugen

My name is Bjørn Erik Haugen, and I have an MA from the National Academy in Oslo 2007. I work mainly with sculpture, sound- and video installation. I work from a conceptual platform where the idea to the work comes before the material, media or way of expression.

My works has been shown on the annual national autumn exhibition in Norway, and have been screened in Wienna, Barcelona, Sweden, Germany, England and in USA. I exhibited at Transmediale 2012, Berlin. I received«Honorary Mention» at Prix Ars Electronica 2012 in the section Digital Musics & Sound Art. One of my videos was screened at Palais de Tokyo, during Rencontres Internacionales, December 2012 and at WRO International Media Art Biennale in May. In 2014 I exhibited at Bucharest Biennial, ISCM 2014 and at Bristol Biennial. In 2015 I exhibited at Land-Shape, Århus, Spring-exhibition, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, ISEA 2015, Vancouver and at 28. Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille. This year I will have a solo-exhibition at Haugar Art Museum. I started my artistic reseach this autumn.

http://www.bjornerikhaugen.com

Photo credit for portrait photo: Marlene Palm

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