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Malmö to Hagskaret

Knaggi-collaboration with Andreas Knag-Danielsen.

Installation. C-prints of various sizes.

2014.

 

Exhibition text:

During our stay at Kunstkvarteret in Lofoten, we have collaborated on a project which focuses on digital cartography and social media. The work explores the function of the map in a world where the cellphone is little by little becoming the chief way of navigation, both in the physical world and in life itself. Malmö to Hagskaret is, in essence, a collection of travel journals, a documentation of journeys undertaken by the two; Of journeys taken together, separately and virtually. Before you are the rigorously documented and minute memories, preserved digitally, of a long distance trudge through airports, airplanes, boats, coffee shops and highways, of waking up in a new place, of partaking digitally in outlandish ceremonies, of traveling between locations on foot.

The destination is just as important as getting there and the means of getting there. The rigorous structure captures a plethora of random things which would otherwise have been forgotten almost as soon as they happened. A cup of tea drunk from a paper cup, a magazine article in an airplane, a cellphone being charged on the floor of a ferry, a board game played on a laptop onboard a rocking boat, a pinch of tobacco before being searched for weapons at an airport. All of these are things which our brains wouldn’t prioritize as important, memorable or worthy of thorough documentation. It is a gathering of near-random snapshots of mundane objects which, when gathered and assembled, form a detailed mosaic which forms a much more interesting whole. It should not be forgotten that travel by plane, train or boat is, for most humans, by no means a mundane thing or an everyday event.

Documentation made using smartphones does not only store information in an image. When the image is snapped, the file created stores information about where and when the picture was taken. An image snapped on an iphone can reveal many things, such as the operating system, the exact GPS coordinates of where the photo was taken, at what time it was taken down to the exact second, phonenumber and even the identity of the owner of the phone through the registration info. As a society, we’ve collectively made peace with “Big Brother” and decided that the benefits of living with smartphones and constant connectivity outweigh the risks.

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