108 km of
transfer tunnels and 32 dams. Over 140 km of access road built to extend the
service of hydro electric power plants in Tokke area.
dam in the area is the Songa dam. Its dimensions are 40m in height and
1 000m in length.
The site is
located in the middle of Tokke, surrounded by forests and fairy tales, passed
by people without being noticed. Enormous economic growth transformed the image
of Norwegian housing as well as the country itself, happened and currently
still happening thanks to those hidden constructions as well as the power
of hydroelectric power is rising every day, with it the level of curiosity and
need to learn more about the production of this kind of energy.
constructions like power plants are purely manmade structures. People
interacted with the natural landscape, transforming it to harness its embodied
energy. Most of the water in Tokke is
regulated, which could be confusing for anyone looking at lakes and wondering
about the beauty of the nature.
We are not used to seeing massive constructions like
dams and power plants, although they are part of our “natural” landscape. Some opposition
is natural when transforming the natural landscape, but in the end of the day.
Power is an integral part of our existence. A symbiosis between man, machine
and the natural world.
“need” and way of life transformed the way we are looking at the scenery?
switching on the light did we are we irreversible transforming the landscape?
Or maybe that
sort of modification never took place as all images are the products of how our brain interprets electrical pulses?
is made of neurons, they interpret the electrical impulses sent from our body allowing
us to see, experience and feel.
beings are all different our ability to imagine is unique. Therefore projection
of what we call a landscape could be and probably will be very much up to your
own interpretation of reality
As soon as
we flick a switch and move away from the dark, we start to experiencing
something very personal. From now on we are creating everything in front of us.
hydroelectric power is to become one of the major energy solutions, the
interest and importance in those structures will rise, therefore places like Songa
dam will become a part of a public experience in the future.
In my brief
I wanted to propose a way of perceiving the dam’s scenery by using electrical
output as a final product and main reason for water regulation in the area.
stimulates our senses and allows us to feel and better understand the existing
conditions, in this case Songa dam and the tunnel connecting it with Trolldals
As a result
a journey that starts at Trollsdals dike and continues inside the tunnel will
be different and very versatile personal experience for each and every visitor.
The installation will allow you to “understand” and experience the phenomenon
of an “imaginary landscape.