Amphibious Trilogies

Pond 3: Lillehammer, Norway

Amphibious Moves: Choreographies of littoral landscapes
Residential workshop
Maihaugen Open Air Museum

12.04.2018: Opening seminar, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO)
16.04-04.05.2018: Maihaugen Open Air Museum; Lillehammer, Norway
04.05.2018: Final presentation, Sensitive Chaos

Participants
Workshop leader: Amanda Steggell, in cooperation with Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe and Brynjar Åbel Bandlein.
Master students of choreography (KHIO): Kyuja Bae, Katarina Skår Lisa, Thomas Prestø and Otto Ramstad.
Bachelor student of film photography (Norwegian Film School, Lillehammer): Vegard Landsverk.

Description
This is a residential workshop located around the ponds of Maihaugen open-air museum, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Lillehammer. The thematic ‘Pond’ will be explored within this cultural landscape. In origin, ‘pond’ is a variant form of the word ‘pound’, meaning a confining enclosure (margins, membership, borderlines, immigration, under represented societal groups). From biology a pond is a boundary ecosystem, a complex of living organisms where a body of water meets the land (a littoral landscape, and an important source of biological diversity in landscapes). Ponds all over the globe are culturally assigned as a function within societies. Examples include waterholes for animals and humans and as way marks and spiritual sites.

Through field work over a three-week period we will situate our bodies in this landscape and study the kinetic and kinaesthetic life of the pond on a daily basis. Thus we will become visitor-researchers, temporary inhabitants of the ponds, with an angle to both human and non-human participants. What gets attracted to a pond? Can frogs, tourists and even children have critical voices? Through inhabiting of the mundane and miraculous-ness of everyday life of ponds. In the context of the museal, the field work may create choreographic situations, which may be considered as a result of landscape performances. This is open to discussion.

Between nature, nurture and tradition the question we will address is this: What is the hope, happiness and trauma of the pond.

The workshop culminates with a situated presentation by the master students, called Sensitive Chaos. 


(External links)

INVITATION: Welcome to Sensitive Chaos

FEILD REPORTS
Lineage Research Maihuagen, by Otto Ramstad

Traces of water, by Thomas Prestø

Liquid Color, by  Kyuja Bae and Katarina Skår Lisa (Eye of the Tree)


This workshop is supported by the members of Amphibious Trilogies;  Amanda Steggell (Professor of Choreography, Academy of Dance, KHIO), Andrew Morrison (Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at the Institute of Design, AHO), Brynjar Åbel Bandlien (dancer, research fellow, Academy of Dance, KHIO) Hans Jørgen Wallin Weihe (Professor of Social Welfare, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences) and in cooperation with Maihaugen Museum.

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Amphibious Trilogies – Future Moves

Open Seminar

26.01.2018
Time: 10:00–16:00
Venue: Oslo National Academy of the Arts

This seminar is led by Professor Amanda Steggell with cooperating partners, Research Fellow Brynjar Bandlien, Professor Andrew Morrison and Professor Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe.

The intention is (i) to take stock of Amphibious Trilogies in the mid-stage of project, and (ii) by various means and perspectives, to explore and discuss the project’s potential future moves.

Several guests will be joining us – Professor Anne Grete Eriksen, Associate Professor Snelle Hall, Assistant Professor Ingunn Rimestad, Professor Jeremy Welsh and Professor Karl Inne Ugalnd.

Working methods: workshop-based seminar; presentations, tasks, discussions.

Preliminary schedule:

  • 10:00-10:30: Meet and greet
  • 10:30-12:30: Presentations by the Amphibious Trilogies team
  • 12:30-13:30: Lunch
  • 13:30-15:30: Working session
  • 15:30-16:00: Round up discussion

Thanks to Jeremy Welsh for his collaged note taking.

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Island 3 (passage)

Fieldwork documentation

Vardø, Finnmark, Norway, 21 – 26.11. 2017
Andrew Morrison, Amanda Steggell and Brynjar Åbel Bandlien

Island ∼ Passage ∼ Future North. Futures Seminar.

Hosted by the Future North research project, led by Janike Kampevold Larsen at The Oslo School for Architecture and Design , and inspired by the work and support of Vardø Restored, the Futures Seminar featured recent research; the process of development and emergence.

This research seminar led into a series of events in Vardø during the week. The programme is underpinned by the Vardø Restored project and leads towards opening our new design, landscape, educational and research arenas for future collaboration and inquiry.

Traveling by bus between Vadsø Airport to Vardø. Wide open landscapes. Mesmerising.

Some impressions

Location data

Vardø is Norway’s easternmost city and the only city in Europe in the Arctic climate zone, north Norway’s oldest city, the northernmost fortified city of the world, Finnmark’s oldest fishing village and Pomor trading capital. Vardø is also one of Norway’s oldest cities, with city status from 1789.

Vardø municipality, the gate to the northeast passage and to the Barents Sea, had 2104 inhabitants per. 2017, and an area of 596 km2. The municipality consists of the town of Kiberg on the mainland, and the town of Vardø on the island, which has a mainland connection through the 2.8 km tunnel, northern Europe’s first subsea tunnel.

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Floating Residency. Videos 1 & 2

Fieldwork documentation

Floating Residency, Akerselven Boat Society, Hovedøya, Oslo, July 2017
Amanda Steggell
∼  Amphibious safari: on the trail of the stinging lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata)

Tenta{c}tive approach for capturing water-wise motion

Video 1: Upon spotting stinging jelly fish from the jetty.

  • Tie one end of a line to an underwater POV camera, and the other onto your wrist.
  • Sink the camera down to the estimated depth of the jellyfish. (A bit tricky; the water plays tricks with orientation.)
  • Let the camera hang there until you presume that the jellyfish is out of camera vision.
  • Tentatively, pull the camera out of the water making sure that you don’t touch either the camera house or the rope with your bare hands. Both might have touched the jellyfish’s stinging tentacles.

Video 2: Upon spotting a spawning jellyfish depositing her larvae on a stoney beach.

  • Crouch down, pull out your cell phone, turn on the video camera app.
  • Get as close to the jellyfish as you can.
  • Keep an eye on the water. When you look through the screen in this close-up encounter scenario, it’s difficult to judge distances between the camera and the water. Be aware that sudden surges in the the water can wash the poisonous tentacles onto your hands and feet.

Location data

Hovedøya is one of several small islands off the coast of Oslo, Norway in the Oslofjord. The island is quite small, no more than 800 metres across in any direction. It is well known for its lush and green nature, with a wide variety of trees, bushes and flowers.
from Wikipedia 

Area: 0.4 km2
Area code: 0150
Administrative region: Oslo

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Pond 2. Sketch

Fieldwork documentation

Pond 2, Banat and Sfânta Elena, Romania, May-Jun 2017
Amanda Steggell, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien, Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe
∼ hike between Czech villages

– first draft of the Fairytale comic strip, by Brynjar Bandlien
– Download the full version (PDF): Fairytale

Visual shorthand approach to fieldwork documentation

Hiking and getting lost between Czech settlements from Gârnic to Sfânta Elena.

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Pond 2. Video 4 & 5

Fieldwork documentation

Pond 2, Sfânta Elena and Banat, Romania, 3 Jun 2017
Brynjar Åbel Bandlien, Amanda Steggell, Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe
∼  Amphibian safari, Ostrovul Moldova Veche, Romania.

Methodological approach: pond wallowing

  • Crouch down on the edge of the water, look and listen.
  • Documentation, handheld Iphone.

Location data

Ostrovul Moldova Veche is an island and is located in Caraş-Severin, Romania. It lies on the River Danube between Romania and Serbia. It is a nature reserve of more than 1600 hectares with a unique biodiversity that includes a colony of over 80 wild horses, several lakes, ponds and small beaches. The estimate terrain elevation above seal level is 65 metres.

Area: 160 km2
Area code: 327161
Administrative region: Coronini

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Pond 2. Video 2 & 3

Fieldwork documentation

Pond 2, Sfânta Elena and Banat, Romania, 3 Jun 2017
Brynjar Åbel Bandlien
∼  Tenta{c}tively taking in the surround on Ostrovul Moldova Veche, Romania.

Take a walk on a small island. Go with the flow. Take in the surround.

Brynjar stops and sings an island song by the choreographer Jennifer Lacey 

Location data

Ostrovul Moldova Veche is an island and is located in Caraş-Severin, Romania. It lies on the River Danube between Romania and Serbia. It is a nature reserve of more than 1600 hectares with a unique biodiversity that includes a colony of over 80 wild horses, several lakes, ponds and small beaches. The estimate terrain elevation above seal level is 65 metres.

Area: 160 km2
Area code: 327161
Administrative region: Coronini

Crossing over the water

Departure point: A house that prides a kitchen garden and a little jetty, Cornoni Village, Romania. The greenish band to the right bellow the hills is the island. The rest is in Serbia.
The featured image shows wind turbines (background) close to the village of  St. Helena (our base).

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Pond 2. Video 1

Fieldwork documentation

Pond 2, Sfânta Elena, Banat, Romania, Jun 2017
Amanda Steggell, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien
∼  Tenta{c}tively probing the surround on a hillside close to the Danou River that borders onto Serbia

Mixed methods for probing unfamiliar surroundings in a 360° manner

  • ‘T’ai chi ∼ T’ai chi’: A kind of personal expansion pack for  T’ai chi.
    – You can make up your own moves.
  • Documentation: POV camera on the Heart Chakra.
    – Forget the camera, examine your catch later.

Location data

The village of Sfânta Elena Caraş-Severin county, is the oldest still inhabited village of the small ethnic minority Banat Czechs. – Wikipedia

Area: ?
Area code: 327161
Administrative region: Coronini
Wind farm data:The Wind Power

 

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Cape 1. Video 1

Fieldwork documentation

Kalk Bay, Cape Town, Mar 2017
Amanda Steggell

  • Find a safe place to climb into the water while paying attention to white shark alarms.
  • Locate a suitable Giant Kelp trunk.
  • Attach an underwater POV video camera to the trunk. Press record!
  • Leave the Kelp alone for a while. View your catch later.

Location data

Off Main Road, Dalebrook, Cape Town, South Africa.
Hidden between St James and Kalk Bay and opposite the Dalebrook Place.
Access from the road is by a pedestrian tunnel under the railway line.
Area code 7975, 7990

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Island 1. Video 10 – 16

Fieldwork documentation

Island 1, Fourni Island, Greece, Sep 2016
Amanda Steggell, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien
Island ∼ Life 

Double role approach: artist / co-worker (apprentice)

    • Volunteer to work out on a traditional fishing boat
    • Do ‘real’ fishing tasks, while paying attention to the self-given fieldwork tasks. (Such as surveying the lay of the land the water, learning about island life tactually and through conversation. Keeping senses sharp to take in the surround).
    • Documentation: Handheld, iPhone 6+

 

Janis pulls up the net from the bow of the boat. He says that in total there is 800 m of net.

 

Miltos, captain, owner of the boat and a seafood restaurant, receives the net from the stern.

 

Georges helps to untangle the catch from the yellow nets – fish, crab, lobster, eel, octopus, squid.

 

Location data

Fournoi Korseon, more commonly simply Fournoi, is a complex or archipelago of small Greek islands that lie between Ikaria, Samos and Patmos in Ikaria regional unit, North Aegean region.  – Wikipedia

Area: 10 km²
Area code: 22750
Administrative region: North Aegean

 

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