supported by the Norwegian Arts Council

Small Projects presents

Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art master exhibition:



Cal Harben


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.