The Original Arrangement was for a Solo Violin and a String Orchestra
2012
Imperata cylindrica, reel-to-reel tape Vivaldi The Four Seasons, tape recorder, video, SEM photographs, prints, drawings, objects, microcontroller, greenhouse, steel, wood, growing lamps

The work consists of several objects and images of very different origin.The natural plant is placed next to a dismanteld tape recorder, on shelves are the tools and objects of research on display, a pile of paper with digital codes is placed under a growing lamp. The public is invited to take part in a live process: the sound of a tape containing Vivaldis Four seasons, changes and deteriorates every day due to the iron particles falling down while running through the machine. A plant grows, extremely slowly under a growing lamp, a person carefully takes off the layer of a magnetic tape. All these actions are not stunning or spectacular in themselves, they seem to be part of a daily routine of a scientific research. But the aim of the research is not a clear result or message. This research creates a doubt which raises in the mind of the public: why does a plant need metal to grow? Why does the music disappear?

In the installation The Original Arrangement was for a Solo Violin and a String Orchestra an iron hyperaccumulating plant is grown in the magnetized iron from a tape containing Vivaldis Four Seasons. The plants extract and store the magnetic information from the tape and in this way give their own interpretation of the music. The process is incorporated in a larger installation in which a green house sets the scene for various related activities.

Thanks to NRK Hordaland, Irene Heggstad and Egil Erichsen at the University of Bergen, Laboratory for Electron Microscopy

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Dimensions variable. (210 x 260 x 260 cm)

Dimensions variable. (210 x 260 x 260 cm)

Still image from the video Four Seasons.  

Dimensions variable. (210 x 260 x 260 cm)

Dimensions variable. (210 x 260 x 260 cm)

Dimensions variable. (210 x 260 x 260 cm)

Dimensions variable. (210 x 260 x 260 cm)

Dimensions variable. (210 x 260 x 260 cm)

Dimensions variable. (210 x 260 x 260 cm)

Silence: tape recording (1.40 min) converted to hexadecimal codes.
4000 prints on A4 paper.

Dimensions variable. (210 x 260 x 260 cm)

Dimensions variable. (210 x 260 x 260 cm)

SEM photograph: I. cylindrica root / Spring concert.
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SEM photograph: I. cylindrica root / Summer concert.
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SEM photograph: I. cylindrica root / Autumn concert.
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SEM photograph: I. cylindrica root / Winter concert.
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