Elsewhereness [2008-]

Elsewhereness by Anders Weberg and Robert Willim

Video: Anders Weberg
Sound: Robert Willim

The work is intended to examine the conditions for site specific new media art.

Recent site specific art has often been about the social, about engagement and relations between people living in a certain place and visiting artists. Elsewhereness twist these approaches. It is instead about the ephemeral, about alienation and non-presence. It takes the possibilities of digital media for site specific art to its extreme. It’s also in a way a caricature of the ideas of the art worlds commissions creating a “one place after another”-dynamic that Miwon Kwon writes about in her discussion of the history of site specific art (2002). Elsewhereness is about the artists NOT being there. The artists are elsewhere, touching from a distance.

Elsewhereness is based on a number of site specific audio-visual works. The works are made solely from audio and videomaterial found on the web, material that emanate from a specific place. The audiovisual pieces are manipulated and composed into a surreal journey through an estranged landscape. The films are based on the culturally bound and stereotypical preconceptions of the artists.

The finished Elsewhereness work can be downloaded into a media player or mobile phone and enjoyed when walking around the surroundings of the specific place, from where the material emanate.

The first part of the series was Elsewhereness:Yokohama, commissioned for the Dislocate 08 festival in Yokohama/Tokyo.

Part 2 was commissioned for the project City Breath, Cape Town, South Africa.

Part 3 was commissioned for Futureeverything2010 in Manchester, UK.

As the series expands, a number of places will be joined into a web of surreal associations, saying something about the various places but also about cultural preconceptions.

Project website for Elsewhereness.

Elsewhereness was featured in the first issue of the Finnish art magazine Taide & Design (May 2009). In addition to the initial commissioned exhibitions and screenings of the separate works, elsewhereness has been exhibited in a number of other contexts.

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