Life in the oceans has existed for 3.7 billion years, three times as long as on land. Largely unexplored, the oceans cover 71% of the earth’s surface. Tori Wrånes’s new work for Accelerator, BIG WATER, departs from different places in the world’s oceans: above the surface on the coast of Thailand and under the surface in Norway’s Arctic waters. The two sites are interlaced in a large-scale video and music work.
About the exhibition
In BIG WATER, the visitor is enveloped by marine worlds where fur-clad creatures move to the rhythm of the ocean. When the moon and the earth circle each other the moon pulls the earth’s water towards it. During the time of year when the tide is most dynamic, life in the creatures’ cave world changes dramatically. They gather to pay homage to the movements of the celestial bodies and play flutes to the rhythm of the ocean’s oscillation between high and low tide.
About Tori Wrånes
Tori Wrånes works with performance, film, sculpture, painting and installation. Prior to studying art, Wrånes was a member of a rock band for eleven years. Her extensive experience as a vocalist makes itself felt in her practice as she employs a choreographic approach to sound, song and music.
Tori Wrånes’s works are often all-encompassing and dreamlike. She creates surrealistic worlds of hybrid forms and mutations where creatures perform strange rituals. With humour and warmth she distorts reality beyond cultural norms and standards. With influences from mythology, existentialism and LGBTQI activism, Wrånes’s characters move beyond the rational and challenge ideas about body, gender and contemporary lifestyles.
One of Norway’s most acclaimed artists, Tori Wrånes lives and works in Oslo. She has held solo exhibitions and has been commissioned to create works for art institutions and biennials throughout the world, including: Lilith Performance Studios, Malmö (2022); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2019); Thailand Biennale, Krabi (2018); Ujazdowski Castle for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2018); Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo (2017); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2017); Sculpture Center, New York (2016); Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka (2015); Biennale of Sydney (2014); PERFORMA 13, New York (2013).
Tori Wrånes, Artist
Exhibition team Accelerator
Therese Kellner, Curator
Richard Julin, Artistic Director
Studio Tori Wrånes
Tone Kittelsen, Studio Manager
Most of the footage in BIG WATER was filmed during Wrånes’s collaboration with the ILIOS Festival for New Music in Harstad, Norway, 2019 and the Thailand Biennale, Krabi, Thailand 2018–2019.