Prospecting: A Geological Survey of Greys
2017
Mixed media installation including UV print on foil and C-print with laminate of photomicrographs of rock-core samples, Inkjet with embossing, HD Video, sculpture, objects

Prospecting: A Geological Survey of Greys is an interdisciplinary art project that appropriates geological methods of extracting, analysing and categorising mineral specimens. The exploration drilling, for which core samples of gneiss has been taken out of 2.5-billion-year-old primary rock in northern Norway, are in search of the bedrocks shades of grey tones. Based on various analyses and microscopy of the rock cores, the installation is a cross-section of biology and history, presented as photomicrograph, sculpture, objects and video. Where the stones' microstructure and mineralogical composition, meets a survey of colour perception and optical refraction between spectator, object and space.

The first part of the project involved a 170 metres’ deep rock core drilling and site-specific installation, at Prestefjellet outside Kirkenes, for Dark Ecology in May 2016. The project is supported by The Dark Ecology project, The Arts Council Norway’s Cultural Fond, Fond for Sound and Image, The Norwegian State exhibition grant, The Association of Norwegian Visual Artist (NBK), Hordaland municipality and Bergen Municipality. The project was conducted in cooperation with Hilde Methi and Sonic Acts, The Geological Survey of Norway's laboratory in Trondheim (NGU), Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (LKV) and Arctic Drilling. Special thanks to Øystein Nordgulen, Rolf Lynum and Håvard Gautneb.

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UV print on foil, photomicrograph, thin section of rock-core samples
Dimensions variable. Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Installation view
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

69°43’03.2”N 30°04’03.4”E (87m. depth)
C-print with gloss laminate mounted on aluminium
Photomicrograph, thin section of rock-core samples, 96x120cm
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Installation view
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

69°43’03.2”N 30°04’03.4”E (128/132m. depth)
C-print with gloss laminate mounted on aluminium
Photomicrograph, thin section of rock-core samples, 112x140cm
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

69°43’03.2”N 30°04’03.4”E (140/152m. depth)
C-print with gloss laminate mounted on aluminium
Photomicrograph, thin section of rock-core samples, 112x140/140x112cm
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Core boxes
34 boxes (5 slots) for 50mm cores, 186x110x63cm
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Installation view
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

69°43’03.2”N 30°04’03.4”E (63m. depth)
C-print with gloss laminate mounted on aluminium
Photomicrograph, thin section of rock-core samples, 120x150cm
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

RGG
Inkjet with embossing, colour circle red/green/grey
Photomicrograph montage of rock-core samples, 46x46cm
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Spear
Book pages (Gulliver’s travels, cookbook, Bible, Norwegian laws), rock samples
Dimensions variable. Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Installation view
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Tectonic plates
Video still, HD Video, stop-motion photomicrograph
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Preliminary Editions
Cartographic transparencies, India ink, 110x65cm
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Untitled (Rock-core drilling)
Video still, HD Video, black and white, without sound
Video by Fridaymilk, photo by Bjarte Bjørkum

Installation view
Photo by Bjarte Bjørkum