Artist Residency, October 2016
The forces of nature are natural phenomena always present in a landscape, beyond human control. Ole Brodersen‘s Trespassing-series are dedicated to unveiling this presence by exploring encounters between manmade objects and untouched nature.
With different materials, i.e.: Styrofoam, sailcloth, rope, LEDs and sparklers Brodersen creates markers that inhabit the landscape. Wind, currents and waves are harnessed, and he records how nature compose and rearrange these markers.
Trespassing has until now, been produced exclusively in the islands surrounding Brodersen‘s home. This is the first presented example of a continuation of Trespassing, located elsewhere, in Træna, Nordland. Træna is also an island society defined by the sea and the weather. But because Træna‘s main income is fish, and the fact that Træna is a lot further out at sea, the forces of nature play an even bigger role here. One could perhaps say that Trespassing is more relevant here.
In Trespassing Træna Brodersen has borrowed objects from the locals. The project is already well defined by randomness; from what he finds in the shed at home or the weather on the recording day. But by also basing the work on borrowed objects, another dimension is added. The people of Træna will not only be able to rediscover known landscapes, but might also lead them to feel an ownership of the work.
Photography reveals the invisible figure of movement in every landscape. Something that is unnoticed, rather than undetectable. A useful analogy is false-color, a technique used in deep space imaging to visualize different unobservable phenomena. Images taken by telescopes are often in wavelengths invisible to the human eye, and needs to be mapped into our perceptual range. We know that these astronomical phenomena aren‘t presented the way they actually look, but otherwise they would remain undetected by us.
The figure of movement that appears is an impersonal characteristic of a given landscape. It is a result of the weather conditions that particular day, but also of the markers being used. The entire procedure enables nature to yield a figure of movement. Invisible force is captured into a visible sign.