[ISEA2015] Artist Statement: Bjørn Erik Haugen – BY THE ROAD

Artist Statement

Sculpture, Records (2015)

As a sculptural installation, By the Road takes up notions of detritus, nostalgia and liminal spaces. Vinyl records are placed in boxes, as though left behind. The 8 soundtracks consist of the sound from car chases in famous movies translated into Death Metal music. By the Road also refers to The Roadside Picnic that the film Stalker is based on. As a character in the book says, “the objects left behind seem as though aliens just had a picnic by the roadside and left, moved on.” In this way, By the Road intends to generate an experience of the in-between spaces.

  • Bjørn Erik Haugen earned an MA from the National Academy in Oslo 2007. Working mainly with sculpture, sound and video installation, Haugen creates a conceptual platform, before the material, media or way of expression is conceived. Haugen exhibited at Transmediale, Berlin (2015) and received Honorary Mention in Digital Music & Sound Art at Prix Ars Electronica (2012). His video work has been screened at Palais de Tokyo during Rencontres Internacionales (2012), the Bucharest Biennial (2014), ISCM 2014, The Bristol Biennial (2014) and WRO International Media Art Biennale (2015). Haugen will exhibit at Land-Shape Festival and Fotogalleriet Oslo in 2015.

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