Bodø Police Headquarters

Mariken Kramer (NO) takes the traditional Norwegian children's singing game Slå på ring (Hit the ring) as the starting point for an unobtrusive video work reflecting on the relationship between the individual and the wider community. The video acts as a reminder that we could all be more compassionate to “outsiders”.


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  • Patterns of Inclusion, Mariken Kramer. Photographer: Werner Zellien
  • Patterns of Inclusion, Mariken Kramer. Photographer: Werner Zellien
  • Patterns of Inclusion, Mariken Kramer. Photographer: Werner Zellien
  • Patterns of Inclusion, Mariken Kramer. Photographer: Werner Zellien
  • Patterns of Inclusion, Mariken Kramer. Photographer: Werner Zellien
  • Patterns of Inclusion, Mariken Kramer. Photographer: Werner Zellien
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About the project

About the project

Bodø Police Headquarters

About the project

Salten police district has the Arctic Circle as its southern border and extends north to the region known as Hålogaland in the far north of Norway. The district police have their headquarters in Bodø. The headquarters building, which dates from 1996, consists of two sections linked by a large three-storey glass hallway, which also houses the main entrance. The glass hallway serves as a waiting area for the whole building, and also functions as a venue for various events for Bodø’s other residents.

Kramer’s video work is projected in front of a seating area in the hallway and depicts a group of young people playing Slå på ring. The video suggests that a community often requires affirmation through the presence of some outsiders, and that being human is about being a part of something that is larger than oneself. The word community is often associated with something good and secure, but for some people it has the opposite meaning – exclusion, despair, and in the worst case, persecution.

The video, which was filmed in a single take and has no soundtrack, is shown on two screens. The video was shot partly from above – 25 metres above the ground – and partly close-up, with close-up images of faces, running feet and hands that are clasped or that are losing their grip. The interchange between intimate close-ups and bird’s-eye perspectives may refer to the relationship between the individual and society, including whether the individual is subjected to structures determined by the wider community.

The young people who appear in Kramer’s video are speakers of minority languages who have recently arrived in Norway. Many are child refugees who have sought asylum. Child refugees have the right to remain in Norway until they reach 18 years of age, after which they may be summarily repatriated. Their participation in the video endows the work with an additional layer of resonance: they may be interpreted as representing “outsiders” in society, while the rest of us are “insiders”.

The video resulted from a series of brainstorming workshops held at Sofienberg upper-secondary school in Oslo. These were facilitated by the artist and Tenthaus Oslo.

The project was completed in November 2014, and is one of 10 art projects realised in the eighth funding round for the Art Program for Government Agencies in Leased Private Facilities and for Older Government Buildings (LES).

Mariken Kramer (born 1972 in Oslo) studied at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (KIT) and the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg. She also has a BA in social anthropology. Kramer works with video and sound art, often addressing socially relevant topics. Kramer’s video works have been shown at festivals worldwide. She also won the FineArt prize for Slå på ring and a Royal Caribbean Arts Grant.

Video

Video

Facts

Facts

Address

Kongensgate 81, 8006 Bodø

Date completed

13.11.2014

Project manager

Elisabeth Tetens Jahn

Expert Committee

Jan Christensen
Yngvild Færøy
Gerd Elise Mørland, (fra 15. mai 2014)
Kari J. Brandtzæg, (til 15. mai 2014)

Architect

Boarch Arkitekter

Building owner/developer

Statsbygg

Duration

Permanent

Accessibility

Tilgjengelig for publikum

Program

Art scheme for rented properties and older buildings owned by the government (LES)

Kunstverk

Kunstverk

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