‘Screen Passage’

Pedersgata street 31-33, 38, 46 & Nytorget_Bakspeilet Rogaland Art Centre
| Oct.25th/26th: 19h-02h | Oct.25th: 19h-24h

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Pedersgata street and Nytorget is an important focus of the urban development being a ”bridge” between Stavanger City Center and the growing east side. It is still consisting of several empty spaces facing future transformations. The Screen Passage project aims to explore the area, presenting video art in shop windows along this route. Through several screenings installations, following different themes, we hope to highlight a sensitive approach of revitalizing this area.

We launched an international open call for video shorts to support reflection on this process of urban change. During the selection process, considering site specific aspects, we extracted reappearing themes and current issues expressed poetically in the following sections:

(De)constructing Space

Cities are undergoing a constant renewal of life, from the recovering shrinking cities to the struggling megalopolis; they are blowing in the global wind of change. Cities are facing various forces creating cycles of construction and destruction. Influenced by population growth, political interests and a growing dominance of economic models the urban landscape transforms: history becomes manifest in the fabric of the physical space, leaving future traces of the human race.

The Urban Tide

The tide is a tension between excess and lack, withdrawal and attack. Water is a vital element for the living but at the same time it can become a threat to life, forcing populations to escape. Historical wells, splendid fountains, urban riversides are rediscovered as a celebrated place for an engaging public space, but at the same time we waste and trample on this precious source of life. Like in a senseless war between nature and man, we bring a fragile system out of equilibrium. But don’t be too sure who will win the fight!

Borders and Migration

We build inner and outer borders to protect us from the foreign; we create hierarchies and categories to exclude the strange. Like some animals we need to defend our precious ground. There are similarities indeed between us humans and the animals like this defence of the territory, but migration and change of place, a natural phenomenon in the wildlife, seems to be a threat and burden for the human race.

Branding the Smooth City of Control

In a complex relation, the culture of fear, the promotion of consumption, the pressure to be individual, all fuel a modern system of urban control. It is keeping us quiet and homogenous, so we are serving speechless like slaves in a golden cage for the benefit of only a few. How can we escape this perfumed haze that lulls us while paralysing our mind? How can we break this system to start really improving our lives?

Imaginary Landscapes

In a hyper connected world we are living between various places. To escape reality, we travel into transnational dream-world spaces. Caged in square concrete blocks, we are yearning for romantic landscapes and augment our world to improve our sad big city life. We search the exit for our inner nature and we hope, some day, the separating screen will turn into a door opening us a new way.

Pedersgata street and Nytorget is an important focus of the urban development being a ”bridge” between Stavanger City Center and the growing east side. It is still consisting of several empty spaces facing future transformations. The Screen Passage project aims to explore the area, presenting video art in shop windows along this route. Through several screenings and installations, following different themes, we hope to highlight a sensitive approach of revitalizing this area.