Ein weites Feld (A Broad Field)
The SCOTTY exhibition space focus on the subject of territories in 2019/20. It is about questions of appropriation, expansion and about breaking through connections and constructions, if necessary also subversively.
This exhibition is about the history and story of places that is visible and current, but also about the underlying background for these places. The artworks are discussing the actual and the reinterpreted, even the invented, and the change of territories through current and past events and through human intervention. Linked to the question of how this history will affect the future of places and the environment. A broad field.
Nina Torp is an artist living in Oslo and Berlin. She works interdisciplinary with archaeology, architecture and cultural history. Her work deals with perception and memory. By researching, analysing and interpreting cultural and historical material, she explores how culture and collective memory are created. Her projects often start with an artefact, an historical motif or a cultural phenomenon. She makes installations in a multitude of media; sculptures, series of photographs and videos. She works site-specific, focusing on the architecture of places like the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, archaeological excavation sites, Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin and Carl Berner Tube station in Oslo. She has published four artists’ books documenting these projects.
From 2015 to 2018, she collaborated with archaeologists and scientists at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, where she followed the work on 20 archaeological excavations and in addition the subsequent work in the museum and archive. The interdisciplinary art project discussed archaeological methodology, the significance of history and the similarities between art-making and science.
Her works presented at SCOTTY is a study of human activity, objects, environment, prehistoric settlements, spatial organization and territory.
Charlotte Bastians works focus on how landscapes change. Picture contents include, for instance, the shrinking of eternal ice, the expansion of deserts or the relentless removal of land that results from mining, the declines and remains of industrial sites: different forms of upheaval, caused directly or indirectly by humans.
She creates new compositions out of photos of landscapes that humans have affected in different ways. Assembling individual elements of diverse origin to produce new contexts and structures has played a major role in many of Bastian’s works. By reassembling images, she creates collages, animated works and sculptural objects.
Bastian photographed the source material on different trips to (seemingly) untouched nature – for instance, to glaciers, deserts, seas, mountains. She also visited heavily industrialized locations, such as mining regions in Germany or South America; or urban settings like Detroit, the former US stronghold of the automobile industry.