Velkommen Hjem Preproject

Terese Arildsdatter Riis and I spent several years developing an interactive installation for children with the theme of refugees, which eventually was named Velkommen Hjem. This page is about the process of making the work. The finished work premiered in 2018 and has it’s own presentation here.

The idea was to make a space with sensors that could present the young audience with contrasting moods like vacuum/breathe freely, safe/unsafe, home/homeless. 

We wanted the room to react to sounds and movements. The goal was to give the audience some tools to understand the situation of refugee children.

Some of the questions that guide the work are “what creates the feeling of belonging/not belonging?” and “how do children deal with deportation, and the feeling of extreme personal and cultural loneliness that deportation creates”

In 2017 I travelled to a refugee camp in Chios, Greece. Later that year, we made a pilot, which was tested with a live audience, with the support from Tou scene, who let us use their space and P.A.

The preproject was financially supported by Komponistenes Vederlagsfond, Statens Kunstnerstipend and Norsk Kulturråd Forprosjekt Scenekunst.

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