”The Knitted Troll” by Lotte Slotterøy

1 juli, 2015 06:23

Memories of the North is an exhibition of ongoing investigations into the theme of Nordic cultural identity, souvenirs and nation branding – curated by art/craft/design-collective S-U-B. The first venue of the exhibition tour was Galleri S12 in Bergen, Norway in April 2008.

How well do our existing national symbols, souvenirs and cultural icons, represent our diverse contemporary societies? What does it mean to travel and what is a souvenir? How can we craft alternatives to those currently offered by the travel and souvenir industries? The assembled artists are engaged in a long term investigation of these questions, that continues as the exhibition travels to new venues in the Nordic countries.

In February 2007 the Scandinavian art/craft/design-collective S-U-B (Sissi Westerberg Ulf Samuelsson and Benjamin Slotterøy ) invited four other artist groups from Denmark, Finland and Norway to a meeting in Stockholm, a seminar in Rovaniemi and a two week artist residency at Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter in Lofoten (”Souvenirs”), to provide a foundation for the participants and a starting point for research. Three individual artists have also been invited to join the project that currently hosts 16 artists.

The initial concept was to invite socially-engaged artists and artist collectives to use their diverse practices to explore the project themes of Nordic cultural identity, souvenirs, tourism and nation branding. Most of the artists have responded to this request by creating participatory projects that engage local communities in a search for ways to create ”truer” representations of people and places. These projects question, acknowledge and re-create symbols and stories by inviting the public to engage in different forms of aesthetic dialogue: workshops, participatory interventions, performances and an exhibition that displays the results of these activities. The project grows as the participants engage other artists and local communities along the way.

The Knitting Troll – performance by Lotte Slotterøy

One of the most magical creatures in Norwegian mythology has been reduced to one of the most popular souvenirs in Norway. Histories and fairytales of trolls are passed on by a rich storytelling tradition, some people even believe they exist. As an homage, Lotte Slotterøy created in 2006 her own troll through knitting. The troll costume is like an empty shell that comes to life when people put it on. The Knitting Troll will be carried out as a performance at typical tourist sites, where the tourists will be watched and studied from the troll’s perspective. Lost in the city, away from the woods and without a place in this time “The Knitting Troll” will walk around in the city…
       The Knitting Troll

The performance has so far been carried out in Bergen, Stockholm, Sleneset, Rovaniemi and Svolvær/Lofoten.

      The Troll takes pictures of tourists…

     Photo-battle with tourist at Mount Fløyen in Bergen

Photo: Ørjan Deisz / Bergens Tidende

       At Gallery S12 in Bergen

Poster: Plakat m-bilderA3

Workshops: souvenirs_workshops(1)North3

Program: PLAKAT A3 siste-1 North1

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       Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter in Svolvær/Lofoten


”Garden Extravaganza Delight” - Sleneset


Lotte Slotterøy at Galleri S12 in Bergen

Theodor Severin Kittelsen (27 April 1857 – 21 January 1914) was a Norwegian artist.  Kittelsen became famous for his nature paintings, as well as for his illustrations of fairy tales and legends, especially of trolls. ”The Knitted Troll – project” is a tribute to Theodor Kittelsen. INFO:

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