Vertigo consists of four videos made between 1993 and 2002. The included art works – by Marit Følstad, Mattias Härenstam, Lotte Konow Lund and Elisabeth Mathisen –show attempts at dealing with difficult emotions or at keeping difficult emotions under control. In all four cases the artist performs simple actions with the camera turned towards themselves.
In medical terminology, vertigo is defined as “a false feeling of the body or its surroundings in motion”. People that experience vertigo, as a symptom of a phobia for example, describe the experience as frightening, characterized by anxiety and loss of control over the body. This show aims to show different ways in which artists have explored the relationship between the body and emotion through the medium of video, especially difficult, unwanted or negative emotions.
Produced in collaboration with The Norwegian Video Art Archive at The National Museum of Norway
Curated by Nicholas Norton.