Terre à l'horizon (Land in sight) (2021)

Intervention: Site specific public artwork

Location: Le Lazaret de La Grande Chaloupe, Reunion Island, France Overseas

Date: 11th of November

Materials: lenticular photography, aluminium, wood, boat

Commission: Département de La Réunion, as part of the open call residency “Patrimoine et création” at l'Iconothèque historique de l'Océan Indien, , Saint-Denis (Reunion Island)
The show is part of SL's konstverksamhets (art projects) focused on art in public environments.

Support: Departament de Cultura Generalidat de Catalunya

Description: After the abolition of slavery in 1848, thousands of indentured workers "travailleurs engagés" left their homeland to work in different plantations of the Island La Réunion. The only way to arrive to the island was after a long and difficult trip by boat across the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately, the conditions of the indentured workers weren't much better then the slaves. On the 11/11 of 1882 this type of recruitment was abolished. Today, in 2021 thousands of migrants cross also seas, leaving their homelands, running away from war, climate change, violence, with hope to find work and a brighter future.

Link: Shots of the installation/ interview

Photos: Noemi Sjöberg


One euro to jump now (2021)

Size: 230x140x45mm

Format: Mixed-media Wood box/video

Support: Vegap

Description:In Porto, youngsters are jumping from different heights while they are surrounded, invaded by tourism. Some of them make a small profit out of this situation. Like a souvenir box, the images roll vertically with the manipulated soundtrack of a music box. Traveling in this unconscious way, polluting with millions of air travel is affecting the planet and our species in all its social, economic, ecological and political dimensions. Mass tourism can not return, the toy is broken.

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Photos: Adolf Alcañiz/ Ignasi Oliveras


Revolutions per minute (2020)

Intervention: Site specific public artwork

Location: MUA, "9A MOSTRA D'ART URBÀ 2021 DE ROCA UMBERT FÀBRICA DE LES ARTS" (old factory for the textile industry in Granollers)

Date: May 2021

Materials: 6 stainless steel boxes with 6 rotating mechanisms and 6 double-sided photos of foam, color and black and white

Dimensions: 4 boxes 21 x 15 x 25cm/ 2 boxes 32 x 26 x 25cm

Curator: Federica Matelli

Commission: Roca Umbert, Fàbrica de les Arts, S.L , Granollers (Spain)

Support: Roca Umbert, Fàbrica de les Arts, S.L, City of Granollers

Description: The art installation is a series of six rotating photographic mechanisms. The optical effect created by the rotation overlaps 2 images, archive images of workers from the old textile factory “Roca Umbert" in Granollers, Spain and current textile workers from developing countries. The past of some is the present of others. The work encourages the viewer to reflect on the forms of power and their mechanisms, physical and conceptual.

Link: Shots of the installation

Photos: Adolf Alcañiz


MEANWHILE (2018)

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Format: 3 channels video installation

Description: Video installation with 3 screens. In Barcelona, near the "Plaza de las Glòries", several plots of land are covered with shanties that coexist with the new towers and high-tech buildings.


LITTLE ME (2009)

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Format: interactive video installation

Description: Playing with different time delays, the public test his senses, he sees his perception altered,facing up to an image of itself which is not the expected one.


EN MOUVEMENT (2007)

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Format: video installation

Description: The video installation En mouvement is a corridor (5m60 x 2m40, 90cm width) inclined at 70 degrees. “En mouvement” is made for one person at a time. The spectator enters from the middle of the corridor, on the two extremes sides the same projection is shown, like a mirror image. The images project the filming of a wandering through the space itself, by a constantly restless camera.  The presence of these images together with the challenging geometry of the space provokes a sensorial alteration that turns into imbalance. This alteration lasts a tenth of a second when the spectator leaves the installation; the environment seems to be in movement. It is in this instant that the work becomes reality, a way for sensorial experience of movement and space. The goal of the work is simply to provoke the consciousness of movement.


VERRÜCKUNG (2006)

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Format: video installation

Description: The installation has the form of a cube in a quiet and dark place. The video is projected on the cube. When the spectator enters in the installation they find themselves in a homogenous and light space. They feel immerged in the projection that covers the entire cube. Timed precisely, subtle changes are perceived to their limit of perceptible, at the frontier of the real/ unreal. This provokes a disturbance in the spectator: ¿optical alteration, illusion or reality?


LEITMOTIV (2004)

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Format: Interactive video-sound installation

Description: The installation has the form of a corridor and one of its sides is a screen. When someone enters in the corridor, on the screen appears an unfocused image. Slowly, it comes into focus. The time in which the image becomes recognisable is brief.
The corridor’s dimensions modify the perception of the image so that there is no distance to be able to contemplate the image in its real scale. The image is a portrait of the spectator.
The sound intensifies the state of suspension that provokes the time of transformation of the image (around 30s). The sound is created from pure frequencies. A piercing tone and a deep non-continuous pulse.


ENTRE DEUX (2002)

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Format: Interactive video-sound installation

Description:The spectator enters in an octagonal room, sound proofed semi darkness: an echoless effect like a metaphor of the world of thoughts. I used 4 speakers with a spatialisation program, the voices appear, disappear, cross over, some are far and some are close.
The voices say sentences in French but are phonetically pronounced in Arabic, Japanese, Spanish, Creole, creating an ambiguity: the sense is altered and it becomes an imaginary language. The text was written in French, this one was translated from one language to another  (total 20 languages), coming back to French, changing its form. These sentences have then been divided into subject, verb, object complement and then united by combinations of sentences totally at random.
Coming out from the installation, the spectator perceives a video image that makes -in real time- a zoom backwards on itself, to real scale. The spectator is “between two”, first in front of an abstract picture and then in front of himself


Noemi Sjoberg © 2019