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The burning field project

Around the project 05/02/2015

The BURNING FIELD project, November 1th 2014, was part of the ongoing Vitlycke museum research to make our past history visible. During the Bronze Age fire was important—for cooking, heating, and forging instruments of such high quality that further research is required for us to understand their methods. The bonfire is a still a part of the Nordic ritual celebration of different times of the solstice.

Vitlycke Museum thus ended their 2014 season with a festival to highlight our relationship to fire, light and our past. Drum music, viewing of rock carvings by firelight and for the first time, burning sculpture reminded the public of our link to the Bronze Age culture. Sculptures were produced by Peter Ojstersek, Leslie Johnson, Gabo Camnitzer & Jeff Olsson, and Karl Bergström. A reference for this event is the Burning Man Festival, a celebration of self-expression community and art, held in the California desert annually.

Karl Bergström:

This sculpture was based on the form of the pyramid. Fired consumed the 5 meter high pyramid structure, from below.

Gabo Camnitzer & Jeff Olsson:

A double decker campfire burning simultaneously—this simple iconic form for community meeting and cooking alludes to the modern life in multi-level apartment buildings.

Leslie Johnson:

A looped projection of IKEA kitchen units, ready for purchase, is projected on a wooden billboard. The kitchen, veneer cabinets, flashy tile and utensils, thus burns as does the text below "Dröm Köket" reminding us that the fire was the essential element.

Peter Ojstersek:

An iconic 5 meter l hand, with palm facing the public, burns slowly against the night sky. As a symbol the hand has significance in a multitude of world religions and we are reminded of the hand as a common symbol.

Watch the video HERE.