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  • Photo Documentation: Exhibition, “Ingreep”, Uppsala Art Museum

    Collaboration with Sofie Thorsen.
    Installation - 3700 photos mounted at wooden blocks, a graphic topology with recommended sites in Uppsala, and 50 files with information from tourists we interviewed.
    “Ingreep”, Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala, Sweden, Summer 2002.

    “When we are tourists elsewhere seeing the sights, how often do we stop and wonder who chose the sights we are seeing and how they have been constructed for us?”
    Lucy R. Lippard, On The Beaten Track

    During 8 days, spring 2002 we researched in Uppsala’s constructions of tourism. We were interested in ideas about how visual memory functions concerning the activity of the tourist-photography. We investigated how tourists orientate in the tourist-areas/attractions of Uppsala and how this is related to the navigation-paths the tourist-industry creates. We asked a number of tourists which sites they could recommend us to photograph.

    The 3700 images in this photo archive are those photos the tourists possibly would have been taken and brought with them home. They were mounted on wooden blocks, installed on tables at the museum and distributed to the visitors during the exhibition period. The wall diagram with names of the sites we visited, was a cross-reference-system of the recommendations we got - as a kind of idiosyncratic topology. The wall with the 50 printed files contained information from interviews with the tourists, and referred to the statistic approach of how to understand orientation in space and travel activity. The whole installation was a temporary collection of images, which the tourists normally take with them home in their cameras. But here they ended up in the local area where the turist’s photos and the desire of re-collecting sites and experiences were produced.