Laurie Lax and Lucila Mayol
ARCHEOLOGICAL FICTION: SAGFJORDBOTN
Archaeological Fiction: Sagfjordbotn is an ‘Interactive Fiction’ (IF): a genre of electronic literature, created and developed by Laurie Lax and Lucila Mayol. The exhibition, presented in Hordaland Kunstsenter’s project room, invites visitors to virtually experience the sounds and stories from a remarkably remote and vacated fjord in Nordland; Sagfjordbotn. As reflected in the pathways within the narrative; the fjord seems secluded and quiet at first, but the more one interacts, the more will be unveiled.
Sagfjordbotn, that was once a thriving village, is now a second home region, only accessible by private boat. Through a process that could be compared to ‘planned obsolescence’, the infrastructures that support the village are gradually being dismantled. The situation lies at a poignant intersection, that asks: how does the landscape shape the people and how do people shape the landscape?
Using spatial field recordings and interactive text, the non-linear narrative of Archaeological Fiction: Sagfjordbotn moves the reader through the landscape as an imaginary space. The exhibition is based on the artists’ experiences of Sagfjordbotn, combining gossip and oral histories with nature writing and archival research.
Laurie Lax (UK) and Lucila Mayol (AR) are both engaged in the field of writing as artistic practice, excited by the possibilities that digital technology allows for this. They both graduated from the Master’s in Fine Art programme in Bergen in 2018. Lucila explores the relation with memory and spaces through archival material, drawing, writing, printing, and IF. She currently lives in Finland and regularly collaborates with Pedro Riva under the name Turbida LUX. Laurie works with writing, sound and drawing. She is interested in community building through art, and is one of the founders of aerial, an artist-run space in Bergen with a focus on socially engaged art practices.
The exhibition is supported by: Bergen Kommune, Kulturrådet, Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts, Nordic Culture Point, Kilpper Projects and Hordaland Kunstsenter.
Hordaland Art Centre based in Bergen, Norway was established 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Its activities are based around the exhibition programme with equal emphasis on seminars, presentations and dialogue. Since 1987 Hordaland Art Centre has hosted a Nordic residency programme, from 2008 also open to international artists, curators, writers and other art professionals.