Reclaiming Vision (HIAP & Helsinki Festival)

HIAP in collaboration with Helsinki Festival is thrilled to announce the upcoming summer exhibition Reclaiming Vision (2018) by artists Marjolijn Dijkman and Toril Johannessen

‘Reclaiming Vision’ film will be shown at the Levyhalli hall at Suomenlinna in August and September 2019. The cinematic piece features various processes in brackish water and its inhabitants that are hidden to the naked human eye. The piece shows the audience through a light microscope a diverse cast of microorganisms, sampled from waters of the inner Oslo Fjord, alongside algae, cultivated at the University of Oslo, turning the elements into a colorful drama.

Marjolijn Dijkman’s and Toril Johannessen’s film highlights the fact that human efforts to understand the world continues to be based on detached contemplation of observable phenomena. This pervades despite scientific developments, such as the microscope, that enable us to study our invisible co-inhabitants up close. ‘Reclaiming Vision’ reveals life on the smallest scale and takes the viewer through a world inside a drop of water, reminding about the significance of these microorganisms, vital to the water systems and humans depended on them.

The upcoming exhibition at Suomenlinna will feature a large scale projection of the film, curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi. ‘Reclaiming Vision’ is commissioned by Munchmuseet on the Move 2018, The Munch Museum, Oslo.

The exhibition is a part of HIAP’s Post-Fossil Transition Project, funded by Kone Foundation.

Reclaiming Vision and Building Microbial Affinities
Exhibiton text by Jenni Nurmenniemi

Date August 16 until September 29, 2019
Opening hours Tuesday to Sunday, 11 AM to 7 PM
Location Levyhalli hall, Suomenlinna (Building nr. 21 on Visitor’s Map).
Duration 27 minutes
Free entrance

Reclaiming Vision

Directed by: Marjolijn Dijkman & Toril Johannessen
Music by: Henry Vega
Edited by: Dieter Diependaele
Cinematography by: Aleksander Andreassen
Microscopy by: Aleksander Andreassen, Marjolijn Dijkman, Bente Edvardsen, Toril Johannessen, Luka Supraha
Scripts and Scenography by: Marjolijn Dijkman & Toril Johannessen
Scientific Consultants: Bente Edvardsen, Jan Heuschele, Jack Christopher Leo, Luka Supraha
Filming location: Microscopy lab, Section for Aquatic Biology and Toxicology, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway
Commissioned by: Munchmuseet on the Move, The Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway

Sampling locations: Akerselva, Bispevika, Sørenga and inner Oslofjord, Norway
Algae collection: NORCCA – Norwegian Culture Collection of Algae, Oslo, Norway
Additional featured elements: Cleaning agents, Microneedle, Micropipette, Microplastics, Microscope, Oil, Pigments

Micro-organisms featured (in alphabetical order): Acartia sp., Alexandrium ostenfeldii, Alexandrium tamarense, Ceratium furca, Ceratium tripos, Chaetoceros decipiens, Cirripedia larva, Coscinodiscus sp., Crustaceans, Dictyocha speculum, Dinophysis norvegica, Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3), Euglena sp., Eutreptiella braarudii, Green algae, Insect larva, Melosira sp., Nematodes, Nitzschia sp., Oithona sp., Proboscia alata, Protoceratium sp., Protoperidinium sp.,Prymnesium parvum, Pseudocalanus sp., Rhizosolenia hebetata, Rhodomonas salina, Rotifera, Scenedesmus sp., Skeletonema costatum, Temora sp., Thalassionema nitzschioides, Tigriopus sp.