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Then There the Bark Above Their Shoulders Grew
Wooden construction with wool mats, headphones, vibration speakers, and sound, 8:30 min. (loop)
In the Greenery, Inter Arts Center, Malmö, Sweden, 2016.

Your right leg is now
Somewhere above your shoulder
And your head seems completely empty
Like a leaf

Wet soil
Naked skin
Root threads
Seek their way
From your spine

The sound is transmitted through headphones and the visitors' bodies; vibration speakers turn the construction they are lying on into a loudspeaker. The visitors are guided by voices in a meditation evocative of Ovid's Methamorphoses where Philemon and Baucis are transformed into trees.

The installation was shown as part of the solo exhibition "In the Greenery", Inter Arts Center, 8-29 April, 2016, and is part of Janna Holmstedt’s research project Are You Ready for a Wet Live-In? Explorations into Listening at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University, and Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University, in the framework of Konstnärliga forskarskolan, Sweden.

Language: English
Voices: Janna Holmstedt
Sound mix and sound technician: Marcus Pal
Technicians: Anders Smolka, Marcus Råberg
Programming: Marcus Pal, Jörgen Dahlqvist
The exhibition was produced in collaboration with Teatr Weimar and Wlabs, and is supported by the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University; Konstnärliga forskarskolan; Teatr Weimar and Inter Arts Center.
Photo: Mikael Lindahl

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