Art, academia, spirituality, outdoor life and environmental protection meet when The Mountain Body forms a perishable giant painting in the cliffs of Kolsås.
The Mountain Body is a performative sculpture happening live on the cliffs of Kolsås. This performance is part of a perennial and choreographic project initiated by stage and visual artist Helle Siljeholm, in collaboration with individuals and institutions in, and outside the visual and performing arts field. Through a series of temporary choreographic sculptures gathered under the title a "mountain range" and taking place in various mountain walls of the world, this project forms a meeting place between art, academia, spirituality, outdoor life and environmental protection.
How can we understand the mountain as body, compound, process and activity – which visibly and invisibly affects and is affected by its surroundings?
The Mountain Body is based on a previous project by Helle Siljeholm, Noder om stein og andre sosiale landskap, where six climbers from Ålesund Climbing Club, performed a choreographic movement in a 200 meter mountain wall outside Ålesund city.
The cliffs of Kolsås are unique; they are situated on complex geological ground, where the mountain's archive shows geographical displacement, volcanic activity, tropical climate and ice ages. Kolsås is today a partially protected nature area. In recent history (late 1800 through 1980s), Kolsås has been a meeting place for philosophers, feminists, educators, politicians, national and international artists. The Mountain Body underlines the importance of nature in the building of society and pays tribute to the specificities of Kolsås’ cliffs, inviting for a respectful relationship with nature.
Helle Siljeholm last visited Black Box teater with the 72-hour long relational project Nodes on fish, stars and the social in 2017. She works collectively, often together with other disciplines and combines choreography, visual and performing arts.
Public transport: Line 3 towards Kolsås to Gjettum metro station
By car: Parking at Gjettum metro station
+ 25 min walk to the viewing site
Toilets are not available.