Fieldwork/ EXHIBITION KIRKENES: POOL OF THE EPHEMERAL

2017. The work of Jan Gunnar Skjeldsøy displays three delicately layered ice cubes of water and crushed wooden coal. The construction melt and connects gradually while leaving its traces in a copper pool. The work is ephemeral; It relates to the fugitive. 


Workshop: The art of change/ HAUGE

2007. Workshop with students of architecture and anthropology. The aim was to excavate an old bunker from WW2 and secure it for the public. A yellow fluorescent line both secure the area and leads you into the dark structure. Some of the empty space inside the bunker was filled with wood, a strategy for storing carbon dioxide to compensate for the methane emissions from the grassing cows.

On the Lista peninsula there are approximately 4-500 bunkers and other concrete structures left behind after the German occupation during the Second World War, an extraordinarily high concentration of remains of the Atlantic Wall - a continuous line of fortifications stretching along the European coast from Spain to the north of Norway. In addition to their role in the history of the war, these bunkers are expressive of a particular architecture, temporary structures that have so far lasted 60 years and by now are regarded as part of the agricultural landscape. Around Lista many of the bunkers are in use as tool sheds, stables, vegetable storages, playhouses or incorporated into new buildt structures. The Bunkerology Project (2005-2008) was an attempt to see the bunkers in a longer time frame, as a future resource for new functions and a new architecture.

Byggekunst/ The Norwegian Review of Architecture No. 08, 2006


workshop: NATURE VS CULTURE/ LISTA

2011-2014. Listaverkstedet. Experimental workshops exploring different places and their inherent spacious capacities. 

1: A bare-foot walk from the inner city of Oslo to the forest surrounding the town. The workshop was an architectural and tactile experience of the earth and the surface that are part of our spatial experience every day. The walk was inspired by the etymologic meaning of the English word travel. Travel comes from the French word travail, which means work. The word travail has its origins in the Latin word tripalium, a torture instrument.

2: This workshop explored the spatial capacity of the complex ground in a planted forest of spruce. Carefully excavating a circular field exposing the system of the tree's roots defines a clear physical and symbolic space.

3-4: A workshop which explored the spatial qualities of an old way of curing tree trunks. Old sayings claim that by removing parts of the bark the wood will become harder. It is said that this technique was used in the main construction of the old norse stave churches 1200 years ago.This workshop explored how this method gives a place identity through light, scent and cultivation.


FIELDWORK/ EXHIBITION KIRKENES: WOMB/ THE WORLD

2017. The piece of Anders Eik Pilskog shows a construction of both Norwegian and Moroccan character. Inspired from the main bedroom, ghurfat nawm, in the traditional Dar and Riad in Fès. Linking the rich weaving traditions in both Norway and Morocco together with traditional wood work. The title refers to his research done in both Fès and Tissardmine, looking at the similarities between this particular room and the Berber tent. Both giving a sensation of being inside a womb or uterus, partly protected by soft tissue/textile. 


Workshop: DKS

2012-2017. A series of workshops for Den kulturelle skolesekken (DKS), with youth between the age of 13-16. A crash course in architecture using models and collages. 


WORKSHOP: HOKKSUND

2010. Workshop together with the municipality and local youth in Hokksund. The workshop resulted in a series of strategies for involving youth in planning processes. Read the report in Norwegian here.


Workshop: Basecamp Nesheim/ LISTA

2005. A workshop with architecture students which focuses on a new use of a bunker from WW2. A black wooden box frames the view and complements the heavy bunker. The structure gives a different view of the bunker and the landscape it is situated in. It also offers hikers a shaded spot from the strong winds. The bunker was formerly used as a storage facility for sand.

On the Lista peninsula there are approximately 4-500 bunkers and other concrete structures left behind after the German occupation during the Second World War, an extraordinarily high concentration of remains of the Atlantic Wall - a continuous line of fortifications stretching along the European coast from Spain to the north of Norway. In addition to their role in the history of the war, these bunkers are expressive of a particular architecture, temporary structures that have so far lasted 60 years and by now are regarded as part of the agricultural landscape. Around Lista many of the bunkers are in use as tool sheds, stables, vegetable storages, playhouses or incorporated into new buildt structures. The Bunkerology Project (2005-2008) was an attempt to see the bunkers in a longer time frame, as a future resource for new functions and a new architecture.

Removed in 2016.

Byggekunst/ The Norwegian Review of Architecture No. 08, 2006


WORKSHOP: CJ LIM

2007. Papercollages made at Oslo school of Architecture under supervision of architect CJ Lim/ Bartlett


FIELD: EXHIBITION LISTA+OSLO

Territorial constructions/ 

Friends, Enemies or Strangers/ 

Ideas of a Home or a Garden

1. The cultivation of Nature -> To landscape/ Marking and digging holes | To earthen

2. Clearing of the field/ The organization of objects | Location

3. Collecting water/ Mixing pigments | Dialects/ Preapering

There is unlimited combinations of how to organize such territorial fields.The combinations, the materiality, the size and accsess changes over time. The project is describing the past as much as it describes the future.

FIELDWORK/ EXHIBITION PARIS: EXPERIENCED SPACE - EXCAVATION

2007-2008. Model of experienced space explores the memory of Anders Eik Pilskogs childhood home. Using collages and models, the realm of his childhood is rediscovered in white cardboard. An abstract, fragmented representation of a space experienced over time, from a toddler a grown man. The object´s shape and the spatial experience remains.

Excavation is an unrepeatable and destructive process that removes in order to understand. The piece is not fully excavated; The trace of the original positive counterpart is left in the structure and gives a hint of what gave its form. The original counterpart  masks some of the underlying structure and pollute the piece. Excavation is an ambiguous piece of both destruction and creation, forming a symbiosis of the two.  Excavation is part of Anders Eik Pilskog´s artistic research exploring the grid and the destruction in creation. Its lines and cavities gives associations to the layered structures of modernist city planning and sci-fi megastructures, a reality of hierarchy and order.

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FIELDWORK/ EXHIBITION PARIS: HOUSE OF MEASUREMENT/ KIRKENES

2009 >The Idea of the project is to confront our society with a building which directly takes part in the natural processes/territory of change – and remind us of the aspect of time through spatial qualities and interpretations of cultural habits. Since the north has no day in the winter, and no night in the summer, the concept has been structured in order to focalize different cycles. Tidal rhythms are periodic variations in water levels, and the arctic region’s strongest image of visualized time. Throughout history this cycle has regulated entire costal communities. Tidal flux dictates when vessels embark and disembark, and thus, in a place-based reversal of Western cultural conventions, it is the moon rather than the sun, that sets the Place’s daily rhythm. This rhythm is further adjusted through changeable outside parameters; such as high and low pressure weather systems, onshore and offshore winds and abrupt temperature oscillations. The situation between the Local and the Global nature always adjusts according to a complex draft, and the Space Calendar is continually referring to this.

The project of the architect Jan Gunnar Skjeldsøy is a result of several travels to Finnmark, the northernmost part of Norway. The project has been displayed at the Barents Spektakel festival in Kirkenes.

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Arkitektur N, The Norwegian Review of Architecture No. 08, 2009

Europe of Cultures, Vol. 4. Intercultural Crossings – Conflict , memory and identity

Immaterial Landscapes - Formulating the Intangible in Northern Landscapes. Alice Labadini. Phd-thesis. AHO 2017


FIELDWORK/ EXHIBITION KIRKENES: SHOYNA DISSECTED/ RUSSIA

2013 > The fieldwork and ongoing project of architect Jan Gunnar Skjeldsøy is a result of several travels to the Kola Peninsula and the remote village of Shoyna in the Nenets Okrug. Shoyna was founded in the 1930s by fishermen and their families. An abundance of fish in the White Sea and the river Shoyna led to prosperity within the collective farm organized there, and by the 1950s some 1,500 people lived there with a fishing fleet numbering more than 70 vessels. Shoyna was anticipated to become the new Murmansk. However as a result of the extensive industrial fishing and bottom trawling in the 1940-50s, Shoyna has turned into a Ghost of its past.

The project Shoyna Dissected is a research of possibilities for housing architecture in the demanding conditions dominated by sand and winds. The contemporary landscape of Shoyna is an alarming omen from the fragile Arctic nature. The project is also an attempt of accepting the Nature of Shoyna. Can the predicted future of such a place become a discovery of a new start?

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FIELDWORK/ EXHIBITION PARIS: THE SPIDER`S HOUSE/ MOROCCO

2016 > The title of the piece is borrowed from the book of Paul Bowles, describing the 1954 nationalist uprisings in Morocco. The medieval  city of Fez becomes a political dark stage where outsiders witness the French as they infiltrate the Muslim society after they deposed the former sultan Mohammed V. The political situation of todays Middle-East can be related to the book of Bowles and his Spider thats is spinning a web that soon might be far to complex for us to solve.

The model is a squared surface under circular plates of glass; blue, yellow and red. The colored shadows change and create an unpredictable playground. Two surrounding pieces of beech wood are equipped with sound exciters that look like stethoscopes and question the privacy. The sonic landscape sums up a medina with its high naturalistic and optimistic tones, mixed with some dystopian technological frequentcies that could be related to surveillance by remote controlled devices. Past, present and future are summoned in a poetic and mystical way. It is a personal approach, witch relates to the friendship and collaboration of the artists over the last three years, including the same experienced room and scenery at different times Fez at the Dar Baths residency. The birds in the garden and the repetitive echoes of its surroundings are translated into spatial elements with eternal qualities.

The project of the architect Jan Gunnar Skjeldsøy is a result of two  travels to Morocco and the Sahara. The project has been exhibited at the galley AA1+N in Paris with the title COME HELL OR HIGH WATER. 

Sound/ ambient landscape by Magali Daniaux and Cedric Pigot.

The exhibition in Paris was financed by The Norwegian Embassy in Paris.

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FIELDWORK: RENAMING THE fez MEDINA/ MAROCCO

2014. Based on a previous travel to Fez, the office was invited by the French Instiute to do a spatial mapping across the medina, which is one of the largest in the world. Fez was the capital of trade in the medieval North Africa and is a world heritage site. By renaming streets and city squares by spatial interpretations, the inhabitants of the medina will give another thought about their known enviroment.


FIELDWORK: DISCUSSIONS TOWARDS A MASSIVE/ TOWARDS A HOLLOW

2017 > Massive. Constructions towards Security <------> Hollow. Constructions towards Fear. Ongoing research project by Jan Gunnar Skjeldsøy.