Artist Merete Røstad has created a customized electrical bicycle to travel across Oslo and gather different stories through conversations with oral history groups, local residents and by researching archival material from the “Office for the Vulnerable” in Oslo City Archives. The narratives form the basis of the sound sculpture Chamber, which creates a temporary monument over the lives of ten women in Oslo.
Chamber functions as a reminder of forgotten voices and a platform for people overlooked in the city’s official history. Chamber is free and open to the public 24/7. The round platform and the pathway leading up to it are inset with blue glow-in-the-dark pebbles, which illuminates the sculpture at night. The work is commissioned for Munchmuseet on the Move, and curated by Natalie Hope O’Donnell.
Voice artists: Unni Kristin Skagestad, Helen Vikstvedt, Gjertrud Louise Gynge, Marte M. Solem, Miriam Sogn, Sarah MacDonald Berge, Trine A. Wiggen, Ingri Enger Damon, Saila Hyttinen and Karin Klouman.
Sound designer: Olaf Stange.
Date: 18 June – 17 September.
Location: outside the Munch Museum.
Seminar: 15 September (12.30 – 17.00), the lecture hall of the Munch Museum. Calendar.
Merete Røstad lives and works in Oslo and Berlin. Her artistic practice investigates collective memory, remembrance and archiving. Frequently engaging with public space and communities, her process-based work explores traces of histories inscribed in different environments. Røstad was educated at Bauhaus Universität (Germany), and is Artistic Research Fellow at Oslo Academy of the Arts.