On the Edge 2012: A Chain of Lighthouses

On the Edge 2012: A Chain of Lighthouses
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Since 2008, several lighthouses have been functioning as living arenas for cultural activities. In 2012 seven lighthouses have invited artists into their simple, small but fine buildings. The collaboration “A chain of lighthouses” is an informal alliance, but has shown strong enthusiasm amongst the participants. Unusual buildings and limited resources have been compensated for by superb energy levels and critical financial support from the Norwegian Arts Council and the Norwegian Coastal Administration.
Thus once again, we can connect old technology and powerful architecture with artists; allowing them to go into productive dialogues with their new surroundings, and, with us.
– Eva Watne and Anders Jaarvik

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About On the Edge

Our goal is to create cultural experiences, discussion and life in the lighthouses. We create a place where art, technology and history meet and interact with each other to form the cultural program On the Edge.

On the Edge is composed of three parts:

  • Red Sector where “A string of lighthouses” presents arts experiences of international standing.
  • White Sector where artists, musicians, writers, dancers and many more from the region’s diverse cultural life find an arena and public at the lighthouses.
  • Green Sector where local people create events with roots in local culture.

Read On the Edge‘s blog.


About the Program

Art program in the lighthouses at Eigerøy, KvassheimObrestad, Feistein, Tungenes, Kvitsøy, and Utsira June 23–September 23, 2012.


Light, Sound, Life

Lighthouses have had a vital importance for Rogaland’s coastline in the previous two centuries. Through the use of light and sound signals, they have communicated to the world beyond the shoreline and the lighthouses themselves have functioned as small self-contained communities: in this way can we say that they have shaped and saved lives.

The exhibitions and events that comprise On The Edge 2012 investigate light, sound and live elements in varying combinations and contexts.

Lighthouses stand physically at the intersection between land and sea, on the border of two extremes.

The lighthouses have always been ahead of their time in technological innovation, in relation to communication through the use of sound and light.

The art program for On the Edge 2012 takes these three central elements as its starting point and presents a wide spectrum of high-quality contemporary art by international artists that circle around these themes.

– Elizabeth Croft, Curator, On the Edge 2012


Participating Artists

World Tea Party: Bryan Mulvihill (Canada)
Bryan Mulvihill has been invited to contribute to On the Edge 2012 with several manifestations of his World Tea Party. World Tea Party is a continually evolving fête éternelle developing through dialogue among people and cultures around the world since 1993. Mulvihill works with local musicians, horticulturalists, writers and other artists to create unique events where tea brings people together. Everyone is invited to attend his tea manifestation, bringing with them a teacup of their own. Mulvihill invites you to tell the story behind your teacup, to add to his ongoing collection of “tea portraits” from around the world.

Mulvihill is holding his first Norwegian tea manifestation at Eigerøy Lighthouse. Following a recent trip to China, he will be serving some of China’s best fresh tea, from some of the most highly regarded tea growing estates. Afterwards he will travel north, to hold tea parties at Kvassheim, Obrestad, and Kvitsøy lighthouses.


But Listen: Serina Erfjord and Magnus Oledal (Norway)
The artwork But Listen comprises a large oil drum filled with water. Now and then an air bubble rises up from the bottom of the barrel and breaks the surface of the water. The air bubble that rises up towards the surface functions as a familiar metaphor. Something is bubbling up from the deep – an unknown dark place. An empty bubble in a cartoon is a wish to communicate the unsayable, in Erfjord / Oledals work the sound comes from the bubble itself, consequently, the communication is only the wish to communicate.

This is the first co-operation between Erfjord and Oledal, who both work independently as artists, investigating movement and kinetic sculpture in their respective art practice.


Text Rain: Camille Utterback and Romy Achituv (USA)
Camille Utterback is an internationally acclaimed artist whose interactive installations and reactive sculptures engage participants in a dynamic process of kinesthetic discovery and play. Utterback’s work explores the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems to human movement and gesture in layered and often humorous ways. Her work focuses attention on the continued relevance and richness of the body in our increasingly mediated world.

Romy Achituv is an experimental interdisciplinary artist whose work engages issues of representation, language, time, and memory. Underlying his practice is an ongoing interest in the language of visual representation and in dynamics of spectatorship and interaction. In recent years he has developed a particular interest in projects that explore the manifestation of digitally inspired paradigms in physical environments, and in the intriguing light that such crossdisciplinary mappings shed on the feedback loop between culture and the technologies it engenders.

Text Rain is an interactive installation that allows participants to play with letters, that rain down on them slowly and ”stick” to their bodies. Stretching out an arm it is possible to catch letters and words. The letters respond to the particpants’ motion and can be caught, lifted and allowed to fall again. The falling letters are not random, but form lines of a poem about bodies and language. ‘Reading’ the phrases in the Text Rain installation becomes a physical as well as a cerebral endeavor.


Stories to tell: Vibeke Jensen (Norway)
Stories To Tell is a long-term project, started under On the Edge 2012. The project gathers together histories and stories related to connected with the lighthouse at Feistein. and its local community. For On The Edge an archive containing images and text connected with related to Feistein Lighthouse and its local community has resulted in a presentation on the Internetinternet and an individindivudal kit that can be used by visitors to the coastline, opposite the lighthouse. Follow the project here: steinhistorier.fastweb.no

The artist explores the significance and further elements added to the archive. The artist aims to draw a line back to the origin of the lighthouseligthouse tower, which was exhibited at the Jubilee Exhibition in Oslo in 1914, and intends to communicate a sensual experience of time, technology and meaning through overlapping histories, memories and media.

Vibeke Jensen is a multimedia artist who has a researchbased art practice. Often working with communities,local groups she is concerned with information acquisitionaquisition and archiving as processes and methods for challenging maintenance of our collective memories, identitiesmemory, identity and cultures.


Installation by Jio Shimizu (Japan)
Jio Shimizu explores the possibilities for sound and light as means for creating aesthetic expression. He creates works that are crossovers between art and science, which refer to the relationship between time and space, by highlighting physical phenomene such as sound wave formation.

Shimizu presents a new installation tailor made for Tungenes lighthouse, with which he explores principles of space from the perspectives of waves, frequencies and wave motions. The work emanates from a simple structure that allows light to pass through and reflect upon a rotating glass vessel, which generates alchemistic effects and ”maximum material ecstasy.”

By passing parallel laser beams through a combination of several special lenses, Shimizu creates a generator of peculiar wave-forms, resonating and radiating wavelengths of individual light. Only by directly experiencing the work, by being together with it in the space, can one see that it is composed of extremely fine details generated by these refracted light and interference fringes.

A Claisen Flask is a special flask normally used for vacuum distillation, devised by the German chemist Claisen in 1893. Shimizu uses the flask, which has a clear scientific purpose, to create a hybrid (adding an artificial organ), in addition to key words, such as emergence of life, circulation, physiological action, separation, extraction, disappearance and production of energy and bacteria.


LIGHT Installation by Bjørn Melbye Gulliksen (Norway)
Bjørn Melbye Gulliksen works in a wide range of media and light is an important part of his art practice. At Kvitsøy he presents a site-specific work created specifically for On the Edge, using prisms to create a light installation. The prisms will bring light from outside in to the exhibition space and fill it with coloured light. By doing this he points to the lighthouse’s use of light, which is the opposite: the lighthouse has light inside it, which it sends out over the landscape.

The artist is presenting a new site-specific installation, created for On The Edge, at Kvitsøy lighthouse which is one of the first lighthouses to be built in Rogaland. Maritime piloting is central to the history of Kvitsøy lighthouse, which provided pilots who went on board ships to guide them safely through the surrounding waters. Today, the area’s Vessel Traffic Service is based close to Kvitsøy lighthouse. As with Gulliksen’s artworks, Kvitsøy lighthouse stands for both the old-fashioned and modern forms for communication.


EYE 360: Bureau Detours (Norway, Denmark)
Bureau Detours is creating a tailor-made project: EYE 360, which focuses on the lighthouse as it looks out onto the landscape, through a 360 degree view inside its heart. This gives the lighthouse, which has stood in all weather, year after year, a voice. The installation allows the lighthouse to show us its view and experiences.

The lighthouse’s view is reinforced by zooming in on four carefully selected locations on the island that can be seen from the lighthouse. These four sites will have their own custom-built project, based on the site’s natural shape and potential function. A variety of spaces will be thus created for social interaction around the island and by focusing on specific places, a new experience of the landscape will be offered. We call them chiller-spots.

Bureau Detours is a Nordic creative community that creates social arenas in the public domain. The group operates on different platforms: mixing art, design, architecture and urban planning. The core task is to inspire communities to establish ties with their neighborhoods through temporary or permanent structures that enable social interaction, activity, and “community building”. Bureau Detours’ unique blend of disciplines has been making changes and surprises since 2006. Recent projects over the last few years have created a philosophy that forms the framework for their own urban studies and design philosophy on 1:1 scale, in the public domain. Bureau Detours is based in Denmark but is organized in small groups in different European cities; Copenhagen, Kolding, Oslo, Bordeaux, Milan, and Rotterdam.



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