Small Projects presents
Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art master exhibition:
SIX RIBBONS OF LIGHT
Opening 7pm, Friday August 21
Guest Artist Cocktail by Camilla R. Nicolaisen
It is an endless, inexorable process
the sea has grown even more bitter with the salt of the continents
mysterious borderline forms; not quite plants, not quite animals, barely over the intangible line that separates the non-living from the living.
years pass, centuries
the lands, bleak and hostile, beyond the power of words to describe
naked rock, no covering mantle of green
a land of stone, silent, except for the sounds of rain and wind
there was no living voice
no living thing moved
The first prisoner of land crept out on the shore
it lived a strange life, half terrestrial, half aquatic, something like that of the ghost
never wholly severing the ties that unite it to the sea
So each of us begins life in a miniature ocean
in our veins, a salty stream of sodium, potassium and calcium combined in almost the same proportions as in sea water
A world withholding its secrets more obstinately than any other
moving in fascination over that we could not re-enter, we found ways to prove its depth.
Mechanical eyes and ears re-create for our senses a world long lost
but, in the deepest part of our subconscious mind,
never wholly forgotten.
Erasure from Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us (1951)
"Deep sea soundings obtained along a ship’s track were as a ribbon of light where all was darkness on either side." - Marie Tharp
Marie Tharp (1920 - 2006) geologist and ocean cartographer, was the first person to create a complete topographical map of the ocean floor. Her hand drawn pen and ink maps rendered visible the contours of the earth, revealing a process of ocean floor expansion to substantiate the claim of plate tectonics and continental drift. Within this re-orientation, the earth's surface was seen anew, fluid and floating, temporal; a perpetual becoming.