Theo Ågren (S) og Bjørn Hegardt (S)
09.- 25. November 2012


Point of No Return

The starting point for the exhibition Point of No Return, is the phenomena ‘black hole’. A black hole is a term for an area in outer space which ‘swallows’ everything, an area where nothing escapes, not even light. The artists will recreate this phenomenon by way of an illusion where the whole interior of a room seems to be dragged into a black hole.

One is still not completely sure what happens to time and space in a black hole, where the mass is so concentrated that nothing escapes. A singularity is the point in a black hole where math collapses due to density, and gravity becomes infinite. When something passes beyond this point, is it impossible to use the laws of physics to predict what will happen.

Elgsetergate, where RAKE is place temporarily, is the most sound- and dust-polluted street in Trondheim. Despite being a central location, it is a low-income neighborhood. A reworking of the street is appreciated, as it will improve the environment, but several old, heritage-listed buildings will be demolished, and residents will have to move.

Trondheim is city which is expanding rapidly, and like other cities, it is going through a process of gentrification. The area surrounding Elgsetergate will be radically changed after the planned upgrade, the pros of this are improvements to the environment and the air, one con is that disadvantaged residents will have to move. Point of No Return, comments, in a open manner, the issues, as a metaphor for the city. In one way, RAKE is also a part of this process of gentrification, but it will also be torn down when the upgrading of the area takes place.

A city is a black hole where nothing escapes, but it is also a concentration of energy and mass with a enormous gravitational force; a mystical place, a dying star, and at the same time, the beginning of something new.

The project is accompanied by a poster/publication, which engages with this phenomenon in photos and texts, and puts it in context with Trondheim and Elgsetergate, both from a astronomical- and a city development-point of view (poster design by Ariane Spanier).

The artists Theo Ågren and Bjørn Hegardt have been working together continuously since 1998, and they both graduated from the art academy in Trondheim. Their cooperation is based on a investigation of different spaces, a displacement of constructed interiors, both in an optical sense, but also in content-wise. The investigation often ends in a site-specific installation, but also photography and video. The stereotypical interiors contain everyday objects, which start to live their own lives, and break all laws of nature. Often the manipulation will be identifiable, for example a fishing line connected to a hovering chair. The result is a constructed illusion, a frozen moment. Thematically, Hegardt and Ågren’s work centres around phenomena on the border between science and mythology; a blend of popular science, fact and fiction.