Centarium

2018 – Ongoing
Performances, interventions and films.
Mo i Rana, Norway; and other places.

This umbrella project examines the Norwegian shopping center as a cultural, social, and political phenomena. Norway today has the most square meters of shopping center per inhabitant in Europe. Namely 926 square meters per 1000 inhabitant, equaling almost 1 square meter of shopping center per person.
Centarium is performed and filmed mainly during normal opening hours, with the centers at times identical spaces as the stage and scenography. Performers, employees and visitors are given tasks and scripts to trigger new content and intent in these spaces, and this in turn creates the raw material for the resulting film works.
 


Film still. Centarium. 4K Video. (2020)  First edition of the project has been produced primarily in the centers COOP OBS and AMFI in Mo I Rana, a town where shopping centers has had a defining impact on the public spaces.




Performance by Chollada Phinitduang and Rune S. Løding at COOP OBS Mo I Rana in May 2019 .




Cinematography by Jørgen Bull.
Editing by Toril Strøm.
Main performers: Chollada Phinitduang, Rune S. Løding and Samantha Lawson.
Produced by Aleksander J. Andreassen.
Curated by Karolin Tampere
Commissioned by the North Norwegian Art Centre (NNKS)

Concept, and direction by Aleksander J. Andreassen


The project is kindly supported by
Arts Council Norway,
Norske billedkunstneres vederlagsfond,
Norsk Fotografisk Fond,
Fritt Ord,
Regionale Prosjektmidler,
Nordnorsk filmsenter v. Ingrid Dokka
Nordnorsk kunstnersenter












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