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Always Coming Home - Oceanic Connectedness

A landart project made in collaboration with Tummas Jákup Thomsen in Norðragøta at the Festival Always Coming Home - a part of the G! festival at the Faroe Islands.

Curators: Alda Mohr Eyðunardóttir and Kim Simonsen

Idea

As I visited on Google Maps Street View I found myself walking around the area. I found a very clear view of a sharp edged enormous missing piece of the mountain.

Færøerne skitse - Always Coming Home - uden skitse

I came up with an idea that would try to reconstruct the slope of the mountain. Without knowing what was before. But being fairly sure that this quarry was created in the living memory of some. Maybe people living there still remembered what it was like before? The sharpness of the edges and the contrast between hill and stone, told a story about (I thought) it not being around for more than a 100 years. Erosion was not that far.

Færøerne skitse - Always Coming Home
Sketch 1: (The idea) Two strings hanging from each of 15 pegs carved into the mountain at the same (negative/positive) angle. Hanging from the slopes and bound to the long wire across. Two strings bound to one knot on the wire.

The string (mason cord) - as I have worked with before - was the only material (a part from laser maybe) that could take on such a huge span within a reasonable budget. That could comment on a creation of such huge dimension constructed (destroyed) by industry.

Construction

Some pre-research or construction - maybe -fishing industry knowledge would surely had helped. Tummas was fortunately quick to see that the pink mason cord would not have the strength to be dragged across 300 meters. We had to buy a wire from the fishing industry that was stronger than steel, to be able to keep it above ground over such distances (> 200 meters).

But how to get it there?

It turned out that we had to drag the string construction out over the quarry like a duvet on a bed. Two people - one on each side - going slowly down the slope, dragging the wire down the hill. Communicating by telephone.

To do this we needed the mason cords strings to be able to run. Like we could not just measure each string beforehand because mason cord has a tendency to filter together quite quickly whenever you reach lengths more than a few meters.

So we developed a system were we put mason cord wrench on top of wooden poles in the top of the quarry (they were placed there beforehand for keeping animals out). And then each pole had two wrenches that was bound to the wire going across to get the sharp edges (almost arrow like) shape as shown in sketch 1 from before.

Færøerne skitse - Always Coming Home - string, side
On each pole with approx. 15 meters distance we placed two mason cord on a screw each. Then we took the end of the string and secured it on to the wire.

Now we could slowly and steady drag the whole construction down the hill.

Færøerne skitse - Always Coming Home - making of work
Sketch 2: Yellow is our movement down the hill. Blue the wire across. Pink the mason cord strings.

After the line was in place, we made a knot and secured each string on each screw.

Færøerne skitse - Always Coming Home - string

Tummas then hammered two poles into the ground on each side to keep the (blue) wire across in place. And then we tried as much as possible to tighten it.

Færøerne skitse - Always Coming Home - string

We quickly realized that the physics of our construction made the wire turn into an arc changing direction a bit for each knot. Because the drag in the first poles with mason chords edges are stronger than the drag in the middle of the construction. See sketch 2.

Finished

It is very difficult to photograph 2-3 mm. string in a 200 meter wide quarry. It was not something I had foreseen. But I like the anti digital vibe - I think Tummas did as well.

Færøerne færdige resultat

Færøerne færdige resultat
Picture of the knot on the wire from above.
Færøerne færdige resultat
What i mentioned before with the wire changing direction because of the weight of the string.
Færøerne færdige resultat
If you look closely in the top middle of the image, you can see the point where the two string are connected to the wire.
Færøerne færdige resultat
If you look closely you can see the pink strings hanging horizontal through the photo and ending in the wire.

Pictures are by me and Tummas

We will hopefully make a new project soon :)

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