‘Bjørnen sover’ is also the title of a widely known Norwegian children’s song and game.
We are pleased to announce that multimedia artists Inge Tranter and Meile Sposmanyte have responded to the small niches in the bunkers, the tunnels, holes, nooks and crannies and the dark, secret spaces contained within the imposing solidity of the constructions.
”In these small, crooked spaces, some of which have become squeezed and diminished by the sinking and tilting of the bunkers as they descend into the sand, there is a vulnerability, and the dimensions of the human being.
This tilting is like the tilting of the body in the sleep process. Somewhere between the states of wakefulness and sleep, between the conscious and the unconscious. The state of sleep is akin to the state of occupation, where the mind and body are no longer completely in control. They function, but on a very limited, impotent level, dreaming of action, but unable to effect it. This is much like the state of a country under occupation, where the day to day activities still take place, but in the control of an occupying force. The bunkers are a potent symbol of this occupying force.
The title refers to the deep sleep stage of the sleep cycle as well as to the waves that lap around the bunkers and move them inexorably into the ocean and towards their obliteration.”
Their work for the bunker will consist of a projection of a person in a state of restless sleep. This will be projected onto the far wall of a small tunnel which was once part of one of the bunkers, but which has become slightly detached from the bunker itself.