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    directed by Michael Amstad and Marte Eknæs

    music by Powell

    october 2020

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    aƒ12 ➜ flares, currents was shown at Marte Eknæs – Air Conditions Kunsthall 2025 in Stavanger between October 15 – November 22, 2020. 'Following the idea of situation-specificity, Eknæs points to the climate emergency and the role oil extraction plays in the deterioration of the environment. Here, Norway and the city of Stavanger – often referred to as the oil capital of Norway – play central roles. As this accelerates, Eknæs considers the role we all play in this situation, and particularly the role of artists and art institutions.

    In a direct response and an act of giving up exhibition space, Eknæs dedicates parts of one of the galleries to information concerning a lawsuit brought against the Norwegian Government for their granting of new licenses to drill for oil in the Barents Sea. The case, brought forward by a group of environmental organizations, will be heard in the Norwegian Supreme Court on the 4th – 12th November, and information will be added to the exhibition as it progresses. 

    This also provides a specific context to other works in the show, particularly the video work aƒ12 ➜ flares, currents [2020], which is a collaboration between Eknæs, filmmaker Michael Amstad and musician Powell. Partly shot in theStavangerarea, it combines the vastness of the seascape and the texture of its surface with industrial spill control processes of chemical socks absorbing fluids. The sounds are elongated and hypnotic, giving the appearance of liquids coagulating and time retracting.'

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