THE BOWELS OF BERGEN.
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The mythology of pOTSYd begins with the following introductory message (i):
Your Royal Highness, Mr. Prime Minister, Your Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Greetings! - and welcome to these magnificent bowels of Bergen, where slow drippings from immature stalactites keep the corridors lubricated even on rare cloudless days deprived of local precipitation.
Tracing the distant echo of Holberg's Niels Klim's underground travels (1741) – the first Scandinavian sci-fi-novel, depicting the fabled travels of Niels Klim, distinguished Baccalaureus, who accidentally plummets into a cave on top of the towering giant watching tirelessly over our humble town, Mount Fløyen, seren- dipitously discovering the utopian state of Potu – a group of artists hope to rediscover this golden land of opportunity and adventure. Along their long and tiresome journey they stumble upon a bomb shelter lying underneath the Holberg-berg (as named by certain locals – Holberget to be more natively tongued) and acquiesce to the dystopian state of Potsyd instead.
The clocks tick in circles until, inevitably, their batteries run out. However, we personally guarantee that Potsyd will prevail through- out the duration of the international triennial Bergen Assembly.
Whilst the triennial claims to focus on research, Potsyd claims to focus on exploration. Its artists, who don't mind investigating moist and dirty conditions, are: Anja Carr, Thomas Pihl, Gabriel Kvendseth, Veronica Rebecca Johansen, Eric Wangel, Jonas Ib F. H. Jensen, Bjørn Mortensen, Øyvind Mellbye, Ellen Ringstad and Rasmus Hungnes. And last but not least, a special guest appearance by Judas van der Berg.
Site-specific and interactive video installation for the group show pOTSYd, located in a bomb shelter from WW2 beneath the city of Bergen. pOTSYd (dystopia spelled in reverse) was planned and curated as a parasitical happening, clinging to its mastodontic host body - the Bergen Triennial 2013 (Bergen Assembly) - sharing its general vicinity and opening hours with the triennial. Although pOTSYd was curated and produced by myself and Rasmus Hungnes, we both participated as artists also. 'Everything Began And Ended' is my artistic contribution.
pOTSYd, incorporating works of eleven artists, was set in a 'cave' in the bowels of Bergen, the literal underground, and drew upon one of the first science fiction novels ever written: Niels Klim's Underground Travels (1741) by exile-Norwegian Ludvig Holberg. The novel chronicled a young scientist's return to Bergen and his subsequent attempt at establishing himself as a player in the local scientific community, during which endeavour he stumbled into a hole in a cave on top of Mount Fløien, thus discovering a microcosmos within the crust of the earth – he visited, among other wondrous places, the utopian state of Potu (≈utopia spelled backwards).