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Syden is a collaboration between visual artist Hedvig Biong (NO), photographer Pablo Castilla (ES) and musician/ sound designer Niko Hafkenscheid (BE) on the theme of tourism and authenticity. Syden is a hybrid work using different medias for the creation of a space/ installation. The project exists on the boundaries of documentary photography, film, sound, space and sociology.
The project investigates various ideas of the artificial versus the authentic, and is looking at the phenomenon of tourism as a cultural, existential and aesthetic phenomenon. Syden offers a re-shaping of the architecture and scenery of places that are associated with Utopia, as a study case of how humans relate to an idea of an ideal that constantly shifts.
The title is taken from the existing idea of the Scandinavian word Syden ('South' in all Scandinavian languages), naming a created holiday-land with sun and beaches, a mental and physical space where ideal living conditions exists, and happiness and relaxation can be found. As tourism has the potential to be a mental space for freedom, where humans can explore themselves in a different environment, away from the constraints of daily-life, Syden is an Utopian land that functions as a parallel universe, ruled by own rules, routines and rhythms, displaying its own identity and aesthetics.
The installation will explore the beauty, mystery and the perversity of this Utopian idea, and present testimonies by tourists, textures and contents in such a way that the spectator is both able to project own desires on the space she's invited into and be deceived by its banality. To achieve this sensations will the art work be a combination of fragments of film, photography, text and sound to be displayed in a given space.
Concept, development and presentation: Hedvig Biong, Pablo Castilla & Niko Hafkenscheid
Original texts and images: Hedvig Biong & Pablo Castilla
Co-production: workspacebrussels (Brussels)
Thanks to: Kaaitheater (Brussels), Les Brigittines (Brussels)