Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Møllberg – The Blue Voyeur

Period:  27.05. – 26.06.16
Opening Hours: Thursday and Friday 3 PM, lørdag og søndag 13-18.
Location: Atelier Nord ANX, Olaf Ryes Plass 2 (inng. Sofienberggata).

“So when you are gonna peep through the hole to see the super 8 films, be aware; the The Blue Voyeur is coming for you. He is already behind you. The Blue Voyeur is you as the Other on the screen of your unconscious, a love song of a psycho whispered to himself through your ear and presented to your eye, when it is too late.” – Nicolas Siepen on Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Møllberg’s film The Blue Voyeur in the essay The Blue Voyeur’s Evil Eye.

Welcome to the exhibtion opening at Atelier Nord ANX on Thursday 26th of May at 7PM.

Atelier Nord is pleased to present Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Møllberg’s solo show The Blue Voyeur at Atelier Nord ANX. The exhibition takes denim as its point of departure, exploring denim as a material, fetish and as a workers uniform. Soft, textile masses are reflected in dancing bodies and an ambient soundscape.

The installation The Blue Voyeur consists of two denim covered walls inspired by Japanese Boro textiles and workwear. Each wall comes equipped with a peephole, through which visitors can watch two different Super 8 films. The work explores the role of the spectator in relation to cinema, inviting us to observe with a gaze free from bodily constraints, from a position that is unobservable to the figures on the screen.

Guttormsgaard Møllberg’s problematization of the spectator has its basis in Laura Mulvey’s classic essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema (1975), where Mulvey points out that the cinematic gaze in Hollywood filmmaking is based on identification with the desires of the leading male character. Mulvey argues that this construction of the gaze results in a passive, rather than active role for female characters.

Guttormsgaard Møllberg’s model differs from the one described by Mulvey, because he allows the gaze to be constructed from other positions than the strictly heteronormative. This can be observed in the video Fading Dream, where dancers wearing denim rub their bodies against the inside of an old factory. The video was recorded in Guttormsgaard Møllberg’s hometown of Notodden, historically an industrially city where the Norwegian energy company Hydro was founded in 1905, and where the 8 hour working day was implemented as a result of worker protests in 1918.

Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Møllberg attended The Art Academy in Tromsø and The Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen. His previous video work deals with sexual identity in dreamlike environments with references to youth culture, architecture, textile art and the idea of collaboration and friendship in life and work. Guttormsgaard Møllberg was one of the initiators of the fanzine and screening programme Kuk & parfyme together with Ingrid Forland. His films have been shown in numerous festivals and art institutions in Norway and abroad, including The Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad, Lothringer 13 Halle München, Tel Aviv LGBT film festival, KODE Bergen, Pink Screens Filmfestival Brussels, Nikolaj Kunsthal Copenhagen and The Seattle Erotic Art Festival.

The sound design for the films in the exhibition was made in collaboration with Jørn Tore Egseth.


Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Møllberg – The Blue Voyeur