An Everywhere of Silver
2009, 16mm film transferred to HD video, 10min 29s, stereo audio
Direction and Production: Mai Hofstad Gunnes
Cast: Louise Peterhoff and Nadia Lafi
Director of Photography: Anne Misselwitz
First Assistant Director: Goro Tronsmo
Costume: Mai Hofstad Gunnes and Mika Kunimoto
Make-up: Mika Kunimoto
First camera assistant: Rasmus Sievers
Light design: Henning Gebhardt
Editor: Rudolf Blanke
Vibraphone: Masayoshi Fujita
Cello: Simon Breth
An everywhere of silver
Two channel video installation
Part I: 16mm film transferred to HD video, 10min 29s, stereo audio
Part II: SD Video, 18min
In 2008 I followed a group of aerospace engineers called The Mars Society, Germany, for their rocket launch campaign, as a preparation for their future Mars balloon mission titled Archimedes. The two channel video installation An everywhere of silver and the sculpture They dropped like flakes, they dropped like stars are works generated from that project.
In the 16mm film An everywhere of silver the border between documentary and action blends as footage from a rocket launch is intercut with a story staged by two female dancers. The second video in the installation shows archival material from the test vehicle Miriam as it detaches from the rocket in space and its fall back to earth. The footage is filmed by cameras on the rocket, and from boom cameras attached to Miriam.
The two women represent the two experimental spacecrafts Miriam (acronym for Main Inflated Reentry Into the Atmosphere Mission test)
and Regina (acronym for REsidual Gas INflation test for Archimedes). The spacecrafts were launched in order to test their future Mars balloon mission planned to take place in 2017. By fusing the spacecraft with dancers, the lm discovers personifcation at the heart of rocket science.
They dropped like flakes, they dropped like stars shows two vitrines, one containing the wreck of Regina, recovered by The Mars Society, while
the other display case is empty, as Miriam was never found. The wreck of Regina and the absence of Miriam, function as relics from the film An everywhere of silver.
An everywhere of silver was first shown at a solo show with the title A shape of love you can never imagine at Oslo Kunstforening in 2009. The project also presented a series of collages Petals, Metals, Sepals that combined the images of ballet dancers with those of satellites and rockets. The collages reflects on the difference in scale between humans and space crafts, with dance and flight.