Cal Harben is a Canadian artist currently based in Tromsø, Norway and received their BFA from NSCADU in 2009. Their practice is concerned with phenomenological experiences of duration, embodiment, and topophilia: the ecology of individual and social bodies in space. This often takes the form of photographic-installations, video, and crafted objects. Harben has been collecting Nordic experiences of ‘Vardøgers’: an experience of encountering the duplicate of a person or thing performing a sign of a (possible) future moment.
Known in Norway (Vardøger), Sápmi (Váigasat), Sweden (Varsel), Iceland (Fylgja), Finland (Etiäinen), Ireland (Fætch), these ‘double-goers’ are deployed in the working method to disturb linear concepts of narrative and material space, where repetition, doubles and loops may reveal that which was previously unseen. Harben is currently undertaking their MFA at the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art in Northern Norway and a diploma from the Nordic Sound Art joint study programme through KUNO. In 2014 Harben co-founded The Queer Ecologies Network with artists Elin M. Ø. Vister (NO) and Maja Moesgaard (DK), and co-curated the upcoming Queer Ecologies seminar at Røst Artist in Residence at Skomvær Lighthouse Station, Nordland, NO.
I come into the work a necessarily fragmented figure. Through an instinct to know the self, as parts, as apart, as a part. I long for reflection in others, a refraction through another, where the duration of deviation, disidentification, offers new transformation. To ask, in my (our) perpetuity, of how to reorient the map of my (our) continuity? How to bend the straight succession of past
(behind), present (beside) and future (ahead)? Where (when) can refraction be a retroaction to re-imagine?
The source material comes from cartographer Marie Tharp’s hand drawn pen and ink map, World Ocean Floor, published in 1977 and the first to visually render the depth and contours of once empty blue ocean. Tharp’s tactility substantiated one of largest socio-geological temporal shifts; that of a moving surface, an earth becoming: an in-process being. Plate tectonics became a poetics of variation, a slippage of surface, a frictive movement of matter. Within this re-imagining of surface, one that is subsumed and consumed, continuously expelled and emerging, suddenly geologic time and space come into movement with our very being.
Opening Reception is on June 25th from 7-10pm on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floor Galleries.
TSG: Fall to Pieces is a 2 month exhibition of new projects created by LGBTTI2QQ artists about their experiences of disability, radicalization, class, and other intersectional experiences of identity. The show attempts to interrupt the idea of a homogenous queer community and reimagines what it means to talk about our lived experiences as artists from a diversity of backgrounds.