Rossholmen eller Hjerteholmen. A small island outside the Steinstø dock. A hundred torches lit up the island for one hour.
By Will Foster, Sille Storihle, Tormod Carlson. Photography: Lars Arvid Oma
BLUSS – eit LysSTREIF på Fykse facilitated interactions between old landscapes and new art; between artists and the local community; between the public and Hardanger region. BLUSS gathered 7 international artists at Barselgrad in the village of Fykse on the west coast of Norway for a two-week period in order to develop and create a temporary artworks based on light and the local landscape. The result was presented on April 19 2008, when a regional audience of 350 attended an artistic light-walk throughout Fykse.
Speed.Infinity.Proof. was performed by Trond Nicholas Perry. After “finding a great big log” the artist constructed a sculpture which he would physically power and maintain to keep the light shining and the smoke thick, while ranting an improvised monologue into the night. Will Foster and Sille Storihle presented Folk frå Fykse which saw the faces of the local community projected on the outside of the homes they live in using the Porta-projector. Fruit was one of three projects by Beth Hamer which resulted in the planting of a community apple orchard. This project shifted the notion of a temporary art event by focusing on the potential for a sustainable and long lasting intervention rooted within the vibrant Fykse community. Sille Storihle and Will Foster created Morse Kode a large scale intervention in the fjord working together with ex-morse-coding Fykse resident Ingrid Klyve. A boat out on the fjord flashed morse messages for to Ingrid to translate and read them out to the audience through a microphone. The messages that where decoded where related to Fykse – facts, folklore, stories, memories and quotes from the village.
During the development and production of BLUSS a set of environmental criteria was set in place in order to promote green alternatives, create awareness and to minimise the carbon footprint of the project. On the evening of the light-walk, local contributors – Hardangermeny, Gamlastovo gardsrestaurant and Bygdalarm offered a varied program of food, archival film screenings, lectures and music.