Den ängen lyser grönast som ligger längst bort , part 1 (textsynthese IV)
(The greenest meadow is the furthest away)
Eva Beierheimer/Miriam Laussegger
Norrtälje Konsthall, Sweden 2011
Starting point of the exhibition Textsynthese IV is books provided by the inhabitans of Norrtälje.
By the principle of Textsynthese, selected sentences out of these books were marked.
The texts that are developed by adding these sentences together build the base (the descriptive text) for the exhibition “Den ängen lyser grönast som ligger längst bort” (The greenest meadow is the furthest away), a quote out of the book “Invandrarna” (The Immigrants) from the Swedish autor Vilhelm Moberg.
Following the Swedish principle of “Bygglek” (construction game – a kind of interactive playground in the 70-ies), the exhibition changes and develops during the exhibition period.
All materials needed for the “updates” of the exhibition are already present in the exhibition space from the beginning.
Each of the three exhibition settings has an own text evolved out of books. These texts, as well as the structure of the exhibition space itself, give the directions for the room installations.
Norrtälje Konsthall was formerly a fire station and was built into a exhibiton space later on. Doors and windows were obstructed in order to form a White Cube.
In the first installation one of these hidden doors was opened and a strip of roll-on grass was put across the street, through the door and the room and outside the window to the garden on the other side.
At the following two installations the setting was changed and new objects were built accordingly to the generated exhibition text.
1. The gate stood open.
2. Such environs one has passed many times and cease to really see or care how they look
3. But sometimes they’re visible
4. The greenest meadow is the furthest away
5. a bright green…garden on the opposite side of the road
6. On one side are the remains of a door
7. a shadow that fell right at the gate
8. on the grass
9. forward it…across the road
10. From there you can see straight…to the window
11. Clearly contoured against the window square that is almost dissolved in the gloom
12. Here, the most important thing is to break rules, to destroy boundaries, and create something new
13. Of course, sometimes the thoughts came …out through the window
14. Walk to the stairs…down the stairs…outside into the yard
15. Elements can be assembled in many ways
16. That means, in both cases, something completely different than what they have been