Resources @ Kunsternes Hus, Oslo


ENSAYOS and The Wild Living Marine Resources Belong to Society as a Whole present MARINE: Wednesday 4.12. 2019 at 7 pm, Kunstnernes Hus Kino, Oslo, Norway

Short talks by Søssa Jørgensen, Janike Kampevold Larsen and Wenche Dramstad.
Premiere of A Beehive in My Heart (63 min, 2019) by Kjersti Vetterstad

A Beehive in My Heart portrays Catalan beekeeper Josep Maria Garcia and his bees. The bees are under pressure due to various forms of human activity. In simple words, Garcia talks about his work as a beekeeper, and about the struggle to keep the bees alive when temperatures rise on Earth and the use of pesticides among farmers increases in scope. The film juxtaposes pictures of the beekeeper and the bees’ work with images of animals and plants that live in and off the surrounding land.

The film has been developed in collaboration with film photographer and assisting producer Christopher Horne Iversen, music by Cha Blasco.

The event is related to Resources and Søssa Jørgensen (artist and farmer, Øvre Ringstad), Janike Kampevold Larsen (associate professor at Institute for Urbanism and Landscape at AHO), Wenche Dramstad (landscape ecologist, professor at NMBU and head of departement at NIBIO) will talk about resources, landscape, materiality, bees, eco systems and pollination before we watch the movie.

Kjersti Vetterstad (b.1977) is a visual artist with a degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bergen and from Konstfack in Stockholm. Through a diverse practice she explores themes such as place, time, and impermanence, issues relating to identity and alienation, and the boundaries that define the relationship between human and nature.

The Wild Living Marine Resources Belong to Society as a Whole is a series of interdisciplinary events at Kunstnernes Hus, organized by Geir Tore Holm, Søssa Jørgensen and Randi Nygård, as part of Ensayo#4. The events have been named after section 2 of the Norwegian Marine Resources Act and will be based on the legal text, divided according to its wording. The words are starting points for walks, film screenings, lectures and discussions.

The project relates to the law not only with the usual legal definitions but also with a more poetic and fundamental approach. It examines different ideas about the environment and our role in nature, our management of natural resources, responsibilities, views on nature, language and values. It seeks to present alternative views and experiences. We need to better understand ourselves as integrated parts of both the natural cycles and societal structures and we need to see nature as part of society to find new and better ways of organizing our communities.

Derrida writes, in “The Animal That Therefore I Am”, that thinking about the animal, if there is such a possibility, must derive from poetry. So, if we want to see plants and animals as part of our society and democracy, and ourselves as part of nature, then it can not happen only with our rationality, but also in emotional, poetic and intuitive ways.

The project is supported by Fritt Ord and Arts Council Norway.

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