Previous work by Bifrost team members

Recent mixed-media works and artistic experiments by Bifrost’s core team serve both as inspiration and points of departure for the different media components that will come together in Bifrost 2017.

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Norrman/Birgersson, 2012
Subject: Photographer Pieter Ten Hoopen, 5 min, 49 sec
Five multi-screen films about artists and the creative process, using the artists’ homes, workspaces and surroundings as points of departure. Eight synchronized channels of video projected onto a 44-meter-wide wall, exhibited at Fotografiska Muséet (The Swedish Museum of Photography) in Stockholm.

Directed, shot, edited and conceptualized specifically for this space by Norrman and Birgersson, the piece interweaves cinematic portraits, eight synchronized camera sequences, juxtapositional film fragments, immersive landscapes, and spatial sound design into a panoramic multi-screen experience. The dynamics of this particular screen design amplified the experience of the work’s contrapuntal and non-linear cinematic narratives.

SCAN

Norrman, 2008
Liverpool 2008, European Capital of Culture, 10 min
A site-specific, experimental cine-city installation. SCAN used the inspired Art Deco futurism of the Mersey Tunnel Air Vent building in Liverpool as a cinematic space, exploring the structure as something akin to a breathing organism.

SCAN drew on links between cinema, architecture, urban movement, and two cities on the transmitting and receiving ends of urban migratory history: Liverpool and New York City. The work examined the contemporary cultural reverberations of this vital maritime link. Between 1830 and 1930, more than 9 million emigrants from Britain, Ireland, and mainland Europe set sail from the port city of Liverpool to the USA, Canada, and Australia.

SCAN also visually examined the inside of the Mersey Tunnel Air Vent structure, optically inverting the building and revealing its interior both spatially and historically. An urban archeological research process provided the artist with found materials from the building’s archives, making possible an experimental re-examination of the structure’s hidden inner history. Inventive use of manipulated video, pre-produced footage, and architectural mappings, all choreographed into a work of spatio-visual cinema, enabled SCAN to explore the city as a kind of living, growing, evolving organism.

I AM HERE

Norrman/Birgersson, 2013-2015
Excerpt from digital composite, 1 min, 50 sec
This project bridged the geographical, situational and emotional gaps between people forced to live in a refugee camp in South Sudan and most people living in the West. I AM HERE was first exhibited in 2013 in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders as a touring documentary art installation. The work was manifested over three successive weeks in the two biggest shopping centers in Sweden’s largest cities – Stockholm and Gothenburg – as well as in the busiest public square in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city. Close to 24,000 people visited the exhibition. The work was subsequently exhibited over a period of four months in a reworked gallery version at the Dunkers Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsingborg, Sweden (2015).

The artists traveled to Jamam, a camp situated in an unforgiving landscape home to tens of thousands of refugees. They documented everyday life in the camp, filming single-camera testimonials and also using a specially designed four-camera rig for simultaneous surround filming. The result was a 37-minute, four-channel cube installation that surrounds the audience, immersing them in the situation of the refugees, effectively removing the physical and emotional distance between the Western environment they exit as they enter the installation space and the stark and unforgiving reality of the re-presented world inside.