The bear is sleeping II

From Destory.dk with kind permission we bring you Louise Juhl‘s Danish reading and an English translation of her poem ‘Bjørnen sover II‘ (small differences between written and read versions):

The bear is sleeping II
I am not dangerous, I am so easy, I am the shy eyes, I am the tilted head, I am Miscellaneous on the agenda that you never reach, I am the one who can wait, I am brushed steel, I always have room for one more, I don’t mind repeating, I don’t mind repeating, I don’t mind repeating – patiently, I am in favor of you, I am more in favor of you than of me, I am nice to animals, I am nice to people, I please the Lord, I have principles but none that can’t be broken, I am the face of compromise, I am the liberating laughter, the oil on the water, spawning, sleek, bountiful, I am the word of redemption, I am an individual for the common good, I am a lucky bag, a bonus package, an offer you can’t refuse, I am not dangerous, I am easy and give way to your glance, tilted head, I am more everything than I am nothing, I am organic and fair trade, I am exactly what you would have dreamed of, but didn’t dream, I am blissful like now a frosty Sunday morning is dark.



For more Louise Juhl, visit Destory.dk, Louise at forfatterstemmer.dk or listen to her sounds at SoundCloud (including ‘Bjørnen sover V‘).
‘Bjørnen sover’ is also the title of a widely known Norwegian children’s song and game.

 

’Slow-wave Sleep’ – Inge Tranter & Meile Sposmanyte for BunkerLove

Inge Tranter in a bunker tunnelWe 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.

We are very grateful to Inge Tranter and Meile Sposmanyte for participating in BunkerLove 2012… THANK YOU.