© 2015 Cal Harben

MFA graduation exhibition, Tromsø Kunstakademiet
Small Projects Gallery, 2015

kinectic material/sound installation, low-frequency ocean noise field recording, hydrophone recording, single channel video

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It is an endless, inexorable process

the sea has grown even more bitter with the salt of the continents
mysterious borderline forms; not quite plants, not quite animals, barely over the intangible line that separates the non-living from the living.
years pass, centuries
the lands, bleak and hostile, beyond the power of words to describe
naked rock, no covering mantle of green
a land of stone, silent, except for the sounds of rain and wind
there was no living voice
no living thing moved

The first prisoner of land crept out on the shore
it lived a strange life, half terrestrial, half aquatic, something like that of the ghost
never wholly severing the ties that unite it to the sea

So each of us begins life in a miniature ocean
in our veins, a salty stream of sodium, potassium and calcium combined in almost the same proportions as in sea water

A world withholding its secrets more obstinately than any other
moving in fascination over that we could not re-enter, we found ways to prove its depth.
Mechanical eyes and ears re-create for our senses a world long lost
but, in the deepest part of our subconscious mind,
never wholly forgotten.

Erasure from Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us (1951)

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Thanks to:
Heike Vester at Ocean Sounds for the hydrophone recordings of seismic airgun blasting, recorded off the coast of Norway.
All other field recordings collected at Røst Artist in Residence