Anna Ådahl



Impossible Image at LIAF, Norway, Sept-Oct. 2015

Installation, mixed media, dimensions variable.
Commission for the biennale Disappearing Acts, LIAF in Lofoten, Norway.
What happens to our experience of the sublime in an age of increasing awareness of human impacts upon the planet?
How are the scales of geological and human time reconcilable within the technologies of a single image?
Anna Ådahl´s work for Disappearing Acts develops from these questions questions in an installation that is comprised of sculptural, video, and performance elements.
Impossible Image involves three kinds of imagery. Firstly, landscapes sourced through an online search, which have been superimposed on top of each other creating one image.
Secondly, a microscopique live fed image of locally collected sand, from a beach in Lofoten. The sand is also physically present in the installation. Thirdly, images that relate to landcape artists who have visualised the Lofoten Islands during the turbulences of the first half of the twentieth century. These three ”channels” of imagery refer to different image circulations and their inherent technologies, but they also refer to the historical scales that variously implicate our spectatorship (the sand encompassing all the micro elemnts of Lofoten´s scenery). During the period of the exhibition, a number of performers will occasionally interact with the installation, further reinforcing a sense of how the human figure is contingently placed within the scales of ecological and technological time.

Installation view of Impossible Image, LIAF 2015, Svolvaer.