the Fyris River at Ulva Kvarn Estate
Look at the archaic landscape at the old mill by the Fyris river and
its running waters. There are old buildings, ruins of abandoned structures,
and the shady forest surrounding it all. In the midst of this scenery
we can discern, like a fairy, a female being. She stands still in the
middle of the water course, her veins cut open and suspended between
the trunks of old trees on each side of the river like the wings of
an enormous dragon-fly. This is a poetic vision caused by the long red
pieces of fabric that are tied around the tree trunks, as they projects
from the enwrapped artist where she stands on a stone in the stream.
In front of her a pair of shoes is placed on a stone, the golden shoes
she once received as a gift from her teacher.
I deliberately try to frame this act in an Eighteen Century Diderotesque
way. I find the work picturesque, romantic and lyrical of essence. Diderot
in his criticism used emphatic story telling to set the background for
analysis, as well as to enhance sensitivity towards different themes
of the work. This is a way of creating an intimacy by conversational
means, starting out from a well known ground, and chatting away towards
more equivocal interpretations. As in conversation you don't have to
agree, only accept the cues as entries in an ongoing discourse. In dialogue
with the text you may create your own opinion and even write a comment
on the web. It is in fact possible that Eighteen Century conversation
around art may have a renaissance in the new media.
by Kurt Wolmar Nyberg
Ph.D. in aesthetics 2001,and since then I have been working with knowledge
management, documentation, presentation and other subjects related to
art and cultural heritage.