HELMET – RIVER

“From a distant location I saw many samurais swimming in a blue river. Every person was swimming at their own individual pace, back and forth repeatedly. It was hygienic, quiet, and apocalyptic.”

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“On the first day in my elementary school in Japan, my teacher handed me a bucket and a piece of rag and told me that I should go get some water and wipe the floor. Other children fetched water, went on their knees and wiped the floors, as if it was an absolutely normal thing to do. It was a foreign ritual that seemed utterly strange, almost unreal. I sought to communicate the feeling of observing a ritual conducted by a group of people from the standpoint of a foreigner.”
-Yuka Oyama

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HELMET RIVER, 2015

HD (4K), duration 3 Mins.

DIMENSIONS:
Helmets: 30 x 50 x 27 cm (W/L/H). Polyethylene, acrylic paints.
Painting: 4 x 8 m (W/L). Acrylic paints on Canvas.

EXHIBITIONS:
Receptions Gallery, Oslo, 2016
easy!upstream Gallery, Munich, 2016
Steinkjer Kunstforening, Steinkjer, 2015
Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo, 2015

CREDITS:
ACTORS: Beatrice del Bo, Serena Gregorio, Laurent Lasselin, Tania Patritti, Roberto Petazzi, Filippo Toccihio, Hannah Valentin, Igor Verdozzi, Markus Zimmerman
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Florian Lampersberger
LIGHTS / STILL PHOTOGRAPHY: Gil Bartz
POST PRODUCTION: Christoph Schwantuschke
EDITOR: Maja Tennstedt
Project Coordinator: Roberta Di Martino
Assistants: Julie Beugin, Nam Nguyen, Jane Saks, Deacon, Marko Banaia
MUSIC: Plateaux 3 by Torben Snekkested (Tenor Saxophone)

FUNDED BY:
Norwegian Artistic Fellowship Programme

“In (that) theatre of life people who engage in situation-appropriate behaviour are playing ‘roles’ or wearing masks.” – Efrat Tseelon

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