Simen Stenberg and Karoline Sætre

Opening October 16, 19:00
Open October 18, 12:00—16:00


ENTER, confirm e-mail – I’m in.
It’s a big space, I am not alone.
— I close my eyes and try to navigate, but there are no corners.

The skin around my right eye felt dry. I glanced at the others. Theirs looked dry too. I started rubbing my eyelid, and the day after, it was so swollen that I could hardly open it.

A flow of words. ”Should we start?” – I think we already have.

Decided to dream about where the skin starts and where it ends. When i woke up my eye was starting to feel dry again. Went to the bathroom and washed my face and eye with a new flannel. I tried to remember if I even had a dream at all.

Moving through signs, taking them back into the world; Parallell, but never meeting.
I’m told time has passed, but in here it’s all the same. (…..) Linearity doesn’t exist. (…..)

I woke up from being awake several times during the day, just to discover that everything was still the same. After putting on a new skin, I would have thought that my eyelids would start to feel normal again.

There’s a need for touch.
A short handshake or a tap on the shoulder.
But the skin is numbed; Through the simulacrum touch cannot be mediated.

My eyelid looked perfectly fine some days after. I even met someone new. Their skin looked soft and smooth, but I never shake hands when I meet people. Maybe their hands have been touching things that mine do not want to touch. I am not afraid of bacteria, but i just nod and say hello.. hello.. hello..

Meditations is a collaborative exhibition by Karoline Sætre, third year student at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, and Simen Stenberg, third year student at Oslo Academy of Fine Art.



Simen Stenberg and Karoline Sætre at the opening, photo by Ksenia AksenovaSimen Stenberg and Karoline Sætre





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October 8, 2015
Written by Akademirommet