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The brief of the project seeks to investigate the possibility of opening up the power landscape to the public in a way that both raises awareness… Read More
The brief of the project seeks to investigate the possibility of opening up the power landscape to the public in a way that both raises awareness of the hidden power infrastructure and its operations and of the dams as installed landscape. The Norwegian power landscape is a formed by a prolific infrastructure of water tunnels, surface water collection systems, maintenance tunnels, and turbine halls, all acting as parts in hidden machine. This hydrologic machine converts a natural resource to currency in an instant. It is money making machine depending on a sufficiency of water, and the dams may be regarded as a stock exchange. How can design strategies reflect this acute dynamics in a way that raises awareness of the geologic and elementary presence that these landscapes depend on? Read Less
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Imaginary Landscape
Plug in Landscape
108 km oftransfer tunnels and 32 dams. Over 140 km of access road built to extend theservice of hydro electric power plants in Tokke area.
The largestdam in the area is the Songa dam. Its dimensions are 40m in height and1 000m in length.
The site islocated in the middle of Tokke, surrounded by forests and fairy tales, passedby people without being noticed. Enormous economic growth transformed the imageof Norwegian housing as well as the country itself, happened and currentlystill happening thanks to those hidden constructions as well as the powerplants itself.
The Importanceof hydroelectric power is rising every day, with it the level of curiosity andneed to learn more about the production of this kind of energy.
Massiveconstructions like power plants are purely manmade structures. Peopleinteracted with the natural landscape, transforming it to harness its embodiedenergy.  Most of the water in Tokke isregulated, which could be confusing for anyone looking at lakes and wonderingabout the beauty of the nature.
We are  not used to seeing massive constructions likedams and power plants, although they are part of our “natural” landscape. Some oppositionis 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, machineand the natural world.
Has the“need” and way of life transformed the way we are looking at the scenery?
Byswitching on the light did we are we irreversible transforming the landscape?
Or maybe thatsort of modification never took place as all images are the products of  how our brain interprets electrical pulses?
Our brainis made of neurons, they interpret the electrical impulses sent from our body allowingus to see, experience and feel.
As humanbeings are all different our ability to imagine is unique. Therefore projectionof what we call a landscape could be and probably will be very much up to yourown interpretation of reality
As soon aswe flick a switch and move away from the dark, we start to experiencingsomething very personal. From now on we are creating everything in front of us.
Ifhydroelectric power is to become one of the major energy solutions, theinterest and importance in those structures will rise, therefore places like Songadam will become a part of a public experience in the future.
In my briefI wanted to propose a way of perceiving the dam’s scenery by using electricaloutput as a final product and main reason for water regulation in the area.
Energy thatstimulates our senses and allows us to feel and better understand the existingconditions, in this case Songa dam and the tunnel connecting it with Trolldalsdam.
As a resulta journey that starts at Trollsdals dike and continues inside the tunnel willbe different and very versatile personal experience for each and every visitor.The installation will allow you to “understand” and experience the phenomenonof an “imaginary landscape.