Silje Linge Haaland

With the without (2022)

Stumbling and searching describes how this video/sculptural installation functions, seeking warmth and consolation in a fragmented reality. In the video, Silje Linge Haaland reorganizes snippets from an enormous archive of personal footage and found material into a composition that can be experienced as a visual form of noise music. Trimmed tree branches with discarded mobile SIM cards become preservers of memories which trace the passage of time by linking the SIMs to the tree rings.

Silje Linge Haaland (b. 1984 Norway, based in Oslo, Norway) is a visual artist and poet who works with video, text and sculpture. She makes objects ‘fall out’ of the screen into the room, like an echo of or reject from the video, often in the form of a tapestry of still photographs, pigments, photo prints cut into shapes, or sculptures. Her work deals with the chaos of the present, where reality is extracted as a profit-making resource alongside catastrophe and conflict. The mass of information produced by technology leaves you with an overloaded, exhausted reality.

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