There are some things I am thinking about... 
right now - and that is writing about the Tom Sandberg exhibition in [ur=]The Festival of North Norway 2005[/url]. I loved the exhibition he had at A/F Museum in Oslo in 2000 and I have for a rather long time wanted to write about him. Now, I am in northern Norway at the same time as he is going to exhibit here. And at the same time another figure from the high modernism in norwegian photography, Arnt Sneve, are having an exhibition in a local gallery here in Lofoten. He published a book with the same name [Lofoten] back in 1988 - and I love this book and now the actuall prints are on display.

Otherwise it is hard to write for the time being and this blog is killing my time.

"noen ser veldig fint på det, noen ser grovt på det. det kommer ann på øyet som ser. Kanskje på syttitallet måtte man se grovt på det?" geir andersen.

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more and more, we have the feeling that, we are getting no where... 
I am not writing as many posts for this blog as I feel I should. Part of this is due to the fact that I am
working full time as a tourist guide in my home district, Lofoten, that I am writing a blog for the norwegian online art magazine
There is no excuse to blame the internet- or the ADSL/DSL here in Reine (for those who does not know - we are speaking of an island in the midle of the norwegian see with 1000 inhabitans a good 3200 km away from Berlin).
I call it.
A place, the only one of all I have been living (Leknes, Rognan, Stavanger, Bergen, Tønsberg, Oslo, Gera, Leipzig) that I have feelings for. It should be mentioned that I have never lived more that 3 years in any of the other places - so I will be breaking a record if I stay in Leipzig beyond november this year.
And there we are back where we where before my detour:
the DSL connection is better here than in most part of leipzig! and everyone has it (ADSL) to be honest they would actually not need anything but a ISDN-connection, but it is "so cheep" (around 24 € a month, and a good 50€ for getting it all installed) as my mother said - who does not use it at all but have it in case I come around.

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back to english writing. I am also back in lofoten - home sweet home. Oslo was nice, have seen alot of what is going on in the art scene there and I am not that impressed thinking about it - and funny enough; i do think there is just about as much interesting things going on in Northern norway. Ok, I am sitting on a bench in a park and beside the fact that my battery status is "niedrig" which forces me to quit in the next few minutes I have to add that it is so freezing cold (+7 degrees) that I cannot think anymore.

more later.

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Jeg har nå relativt uregelmessig skrevet i denne bloggen for litt over en måned (stemmer det?) - og utgangspunktet er å ha en plass å gå til når jeg ikke har lyst til å skrive mer eller ikke kommer fremover med det jeg skriver på eller når jeg er frustrert etc. altså en samleplass for tanker som kan bli lest men som samtidig ikke er noe mange mennesker klikker seg inn på for å lese - og jeg merker etterhvert at tilbakemeldinger ville ha gjort det hele mer interessant.
Det betyr at syndikattanken hos bloggere er noe jeg deler og kan forstå. rart. har ikke tenkt på det tidligere.

Forøvrig var jeg inne på Kyss Frosken i går og traff børre og teamet hans. kaos. Kaos? sa børre fullstendig uenig. Han synes at det så fortreffelig ordentlig og bra ut - i allefall når man sammenligner det med hvordan det så ut på Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst få timer før utstillingen hans der åpnet i 2001.
Nuvell, pressevisning er først om to timer. åpning i morgen. Når jeg gikk forbi frosken kl. 2 i natt var det høy musikk og tydeligvis folk i sving med å arbeide der.

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Psychedelic Norway 
after starting to putting my proposals out on the net - here is the one for Vårutstillingen. It is the raw version and some small things changed as a part of the dialog with the jury - who in the end choose another proposal. I havent seen the exhibition, it was taken down before I got to Oslo, so I cannot say anything about it. But here goes:

Psychedelic Norway is a non-existing expression. To have a closer look on the two words:

Psych·e·del·ic adj. 1. of or nothing a mental state characterized by a profound sense of intensified sensory perception, sometimes accompanied by severe perceptual distortion and hallucinations and by extreme feelings of either euphoria or despair. 2. of or nothing any of various drugs producing this state, as LSD, mescaline, or psilocybin. 3. resembling, characteristic of, or reproducing images, sounds, or the like, experienced while in such a state: psychedelic painting. Also, psychodelic. [PSYCHE + Gk dêl(os) visible, manifest, evident + -IC]

Nor·way n. 1. a kingdom in N Europe, in the W part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. 3,667,000 (est. 1963); 124,555 sq. Mi. Cap: . Norwegian. Norge. 2. a town in NW Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula. 3171 (1960). 3. a town in W Maine. 2656 (1960).

(source: Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language).

The word psychedelic have strong attachment to the sixties and seventies with the hay days for testing out drugs. And it have been hailed not only in literature (Like Naked Lunch), but it also has its own journalistic genre (Gonzo journalisms). In Norway one could state that Tommy Olsson have been a protagonist for strange and sometimes psychedelic tendencies although he states that his way if writing art critic is mainly inspired by the idée of being on drugs rather than being intoxicated in some way when writing.

This is of course not the only way of viewing psychedelic. Reproducing images or playing with the perception is another option. This is maybe a more interesting one. There are a lot of artist working with the intensifying of sensory perception today – Olafur Eliasson and Carsten Höller to mention but two who either comes from, or work in the Nordic countries.

We are mainly interested in the first definition on the word Norway and the first and third definition of the word Psychedelic. Although, it would be interesting to see how an artist would imagine that being psychedelic in Norway in Michigan would be like.

suggested list of artist:

Øystein Aasan
Josefine Lyche
Felix Gmelin
Heman Chong
Kalle Runeson

We would like to thank for the opportunity to present this project to the jury, and we are looking forward to hearing from the Fotogalleriet.

With kind regards,

Leif Magne Tangen and Kaeseberg

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