Helping to realise Telephone at 1857

2012 March 1

Artists Steffen Håndlykken and Stian Eide Kluge run a special and brilliant gallery in Grønland, Oslo called 1857. It consists of a run down, little green house in Tøyenbekken that is actually quite nice on the inside. In the back of the small gallery space there is a door. Pass through it, and you are suddenly inside a enormous concrete hall. They have had very good exhibitions with a wide variety of international artists, but the winter is a difficult period for using the big hall. It is so big that it is impossible to heat. So, instead of making normal winter exibition, they decided to build a lighthouse instead. A lighthouse standing nine meters tall with a spiral stairway leading up into a tiny cinema. The light shining out of the room is not just a lightbulb, it is a videobeamer that projects seemingly random videos for 128 hours.

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