NAME: PHANTOM PAIN
TYPE: PLAY, PLAN, VISION
LOCATION: OSLO, NORWAY
CURATOR: GALLERY 0047, ARKITEKTUR N
TONE MEGRUNN BERGE, ARCHITECT MNAL (NO)
EMMI KESKISARJA, ARCHITECT SAFA (FI)
SILJE KLEPSVIK, ARCHITECT MNAL (NO)
MIIA-LIINA TOMMILA, ARCHITECT SAFA (FI)
VEGARD AARSETH, ILLUSTRATOR (NO)
TILDE BROCH ØSTBORG, M.D (NO)
Phantom Pain was created for the exhibition Høyblokka Revisited at Gallery 0047 in Oslo. To change perspective we wrote a play as a sensitive method of research. Our initial thought was ‘Phantom Pain’. The reasoning is complex and tangled with emotions. At the end we are left with the question: How do we fight violence? Oslo taught us something in this regard: When the terror struck, the population responded with love. The response was immediate and instinctive.
Høyblokka is more than just a building. Architectural structure and artworks are combined into a physical language that describes a society. Formulating a strategy for Høyblokka and the Government district involves the process of formulating a new direction for our society. With “Phantom Pain” we attempt to reinterpret the combined language of architecture and art. We seek a foundation for our society that encourages the creative human being to unfold. We seek a society where equality is a basic value, and the freedom to invent and create is supported. If given a second change, Høyblokka has the capacity to embed these qualities.The opposite, dismantling, means phantom pain. This is our response.