subterranean voices

The video explores ways to establish relationships with the entities inhabiting the former iron mine. How the artists think about rocks, trees, time, and wind is inspired by speculative realism, new materialisms, object-oriented ontology, hauntology, and Scandinavian and Slavic fairy tales and stories. The animistic perspectives are fascinating, and the new relationships with the rocks are sensual and salutary. Non-human actors invite viewers to celebrate the world’s end, as humans know it, and navigate ways of establishing relationships in the post-apocalyptic landscape of the Torbjørnsbu mine.

Ewelina Węgiel and Kamil Kak use humour in their joint practice, and often draw on everyday situations, symptoms, and intuition, while sharing a fascination for post-apocalyptic scenarios. Kak is based in Oslo and Berlin, navigating the intersections of queer liberation, immigrants’ experiences, and the fragility of recent historical narratives. Kak’s artistic practice intersects with activism, and uses exaggeration and bittersweet humour as a strategy for social transformation. Their interdisciplinary practice incorporates performance, printmaking, ceramics, and textiles. Based somewhere between rural Poland and Brussels, Węgiel is a multimedia artist interested in quasi-documentary work that puts her in contact with various human and non-human, living and dead communities. Together with those communities, she looks at contemporary intuitions in the context of post-end-of-the-world reality.