Mobil Egress by Knut Åsdam
- Place Nordland
A portable cinema is traveling the roads in Northern Norway, showing a film by acclaimed artist Knut Åsdam
Mobile Egress is a lorry with a film installation which will be touring across Norway over a period of two years.
The piece merges art and film distributed in an unusual way with the aim to reach an unspecified audience across big and small places. Mobile Egress is created by the internationally acclaimed artist Knut Åsdam.
The film Egress is a narrative set in a gas station in the edgelands of Oslo. The main characters work at the bottom of the oil company hierarchy and are engulfed in the everyday and the dark economic and psychological shadows of their society. Egress is the story of a young woman who deals with her every day work situation with independence and stubbornness in her work and life in the periphery of the city. The film shows relationships between control and independence, about labour, class and work, but it is also a poetic film about a socially insecure edgeland of the city—and about a psychological flipside or cost of the everyday, somewhere near the bottom of the huge economic ladder of the oil industry which secures Norway’s stability. Egress’ world is a world of social instability and economic insecurity as part of a society undergoing major changes. Egress is shot entirely on “location” in Oslo’s Groruddalen, mainly between an apartment complex and a gas station. The film is an experimental fiction built up from documentary material which mixes the environment- and character-based to talk about contemporary society
Knut Åsdam (b. 1968) lives in Oslo . He works with film, audio, photography and installations and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Norway and abroad. Åsdam represented Norway in the Nordic Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia and at the Melbourne International Biennial in 1999. Åsdam has exhibited internationally since 1998, including in PS1, New York, Tate Britain , Kunsthalle Bern, Istanbul Biennial, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
The ongoing tour in the Counties of Nordland and Troms is a collaboration between the North Norwegian art center, Knut Åsdam Studio and many local forces .
Lødingen Bilservice AS, Lødingen June 9th
Rana Kunstforening, Mo I Rana May 30th until 3rd of June
Kulturbadet, Sandnessjøen May 12th until May 18th, 2016
Producer (lorry installation): KORO/URO. Producer (film): Knut Åsdam Studio (Oslo). Co-producers: Vitakuben (Leipzig). Supported by Norwegian Film Institute, Nord Norsk Film Senter, the Norwegian Embassy, London, Arts Council Norway, Fritt Ord/Freedom of Expression Foundation, KORO, Lorck Schive Kunstpris