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Positions/Documents…

The work “Positions/Documents – Excerpts from the report to the Maritime Museum by Erik Svensson, coastal customs administrator” “(Positioner/Dokument – Utdrag ur kusttullmästare Erik Svenssons rapport till Sjöhistoriska museet)” is based on archive material from the “picture- and popular movements archive” in the municipality of Nynäshamn south of Stockholm
During the 1960s Erik Svensson collected reports from those living in the Stockholm archipelago as to where they believed wrecks existed which were not recorded on charts or earlier listings. These reports were based both on rumours and on the experiences of fishermen whose nets had fastened in unexpected places.

In the work I raise questions about the relations between authenticity, fiction and facts. I focus on how the readings of the collected texts is changing according to what context they are put in to.
The installation consists of two DVD projections, one with twenty-two of the texts collected and then written down by Erik Svensson, and one with a film from the Stockholm archipelago, shot at each location referred to in the texts. 
When showed at the exhibition *”Deep Search” at Göteborgs Konsthall a third element was also added, a photography of me working with transferring the positions of the assumed wrecks from a sea card from the sixties to a contemporary one. The photography was shown in another part of the exhibition as a note to the DVD installation.

Punkt 31 sjökort nr 714 lat N 59 6;7 Long O 18 26;8

Ahlman uppgiver att han sökt med ekolod i Ornöström efter ryskt galärskepp som sjunkit något av åren 1719 eller 1736 den blev sänkt av kanonkulor som avlossades vi Dalaröskans.
Ahlman har i den uppgivna positionen med all sannolikhet påträffat galeären, enligt utslag på ekolodsremsan var föremålet på sjöbotten c:a 15-20 meter långt och ganska smalt med en höjd av c:a 4 meter. Vattendjup 28 meter. Position i sjökortet djupsiffra 30. C:a 2-300 meter från land.

Punkt 42 sjökort nr 715 Lat N 59 4;45 Long O 18 20;4

Oxpellesgrund, Mysingen har fått detta namn med anledning av, att skepparen ombord på skutan kallades Oxpelle och körde där på grund. Fartyget bärgades och därmed finns inget vrak kvar vid Oxpelles grund.

Punkt 55 sjökort nr 715 Lat N 59 1;35 Long O 18 18;4

Ehrensky har ett minne av en förlisning eller grundstötning mellan Utögruvor och Dalarö. Platsen kunde vara norra delen av Mysingen, möjligen Stålbådan och fartyget gick på grund i slutet av 1800-talet. Båten var engelsk, stod på grund c:a 3 år varefter den bärgades och avhämtades av engelsk besättning.

Note

Göteborgs Konsthall’s group exhibition Deep Search presents six young artists who all pursue an investigative approach to their art. The title of the exhibition, Deep Search, suggests inquiry and underlines the ability of art to raise hidden aspects into view.
Art’s investigative strategy can take different forms both in content and expression. It can range from the documentary starting from a concrete set of questions or something closely allied to reality, to a penetration of more abstract and indefinable elements. In Deep Search a cross-section of these various approaches is displayed.
Using inquiry as their tool the participating artists illuminate fresh perspectives and ways of viewing their surroundings. They obtain inspiration from the documentary and from the domain of fiction and dreams. In the stress field between the concrete and the poetic these art works touch upon historiography, representation and isolation, and on today’s media world and consumer society. 

(information from Göteborgs Konsthall)