ART'S NEW NATURES
Anders Eiebakke's suite of seven videos, one for each day of the week, could become a classic work depicting the experience of the Corona-epidemic as an invisible threat. It's a cinematic diary which contains everything: melancholy and anxiety, beauty and brutality, fact and fiction, both subtle and hard-hitting societal critique.
The project is executed with a precision, nerve and visual command that demonstrates that also within the field of contemporary art, work is produced that demands the designation of 'masterpiece'. - Øivind Storm Bjerke, Klassekampen, 10 June 2020), Professor of Art History at University of Oslo, Norway, and critic
"The Park" was commissioned by curator Antonio Cataldo of Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway. It concluded the series of online events in the project Let’s Talk About Images 2.0 which was the gallery’s response to the pandemic. It was presented in June 2020.
Courtesy of the artist and Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway. All rights: Anders Eiebakke 2020
Antonio Cataldo and Håkon Lillegraven, Fotogalleriet
Grim Erland Svingen
Sven Chr. Large Teigen
Anders Eiebakke (born 1970 in Oslo, Norway) was educated at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo
Anders Eiebakke first appeared Internationally with radical and provocative essays such as the «It’s typically Norwegian to be good» in the Melbourne biennale’s catalogue in 1999. He is basing his work on drawing, writing, 3D modelling and working with sensor technology, and is known internationally as a pioneer in artistic use of drone technology. Eiebakke has been operating his own Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, usually based on the shape of birds since 2007. His contributions to Manifesta 8 in 2010 was the first time artist drones were presented in Fine Art; he had crossed the Morroccan-Spanish border over the Spanish enclave Melilla in North Africa with his own developed drones and made films and photos discussing the Spanish civil war and the refugee crisis.
His works have been presented at among other PAM 18 in Munich, Germany, Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain, The shadow of War: 100 years of Norwegian political art, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway, Back to Basics at Vestfossen Art Laboratory, Norway, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France, The National Theatre in Oslo, Norway, Drammen museum, Norway, and Piksel 17 festival for electronic art in Bergen, Norway. His commissioned work «Seagull 1.0» from 2016 in The Norwegian Data Protection Agency was the culmination of a decade of working with drone technology. Since 2018 he has been working with Munich based artist Nando Schneider on artificial intelligence, mobile network and facial recognition technology. Their work «Stealing Fire from the Gods» shown at SOETH07 in Berlin in 2019 was based on their own developed IMSI-catcher, hacking the cell phone network around the exhibition and transferring geolocation data of the visitors into a 3D soundscape. Their work «Datamirror» commissioned by the city of Munich is an electronic mirror analysing in real time the faces of the viewer based on facial recognition algorithms.
Eiebakke considers himself a traditional artist who is taking charge of the whole artistic process from A to Z, outsourcing nothing but sound. His colleague Grim Erland Svingen whom he shares a studio with in Oslo, creates all his music and voiceover.