We are The Ingredient - Our body scale is a reflection of our environmental perception as man is aware of the surrounding behind his/her head as in front, Koffka once mentioned ‘What is it that lies between the ‘in front’ and the ‘behind’? - ‘Just that phenomenal object we call the Ego’.
Hasvik is the city that is on the surface exactly like the city that is hidden inside, right under our feet. The city whose architecture is reflected in the archives sounds in the memories passing from one resident to another, from local to the outlander, from the body to body, from the soil to soil.
The city whose image is preserved by recesses in the landscape, reserving the right to be wrapped in a multitude of images of memory and imagination. The city that is built through memories, their absence, through awareness of one's own body as an observer of it - all this builds a kind of visual architecture of the memory of a hidden place.
So What is it that lies between the ‘up’ and ‘down’ then? Perhaps such a phenomenal object we call The Memory. The space of the soil, allows us to become an observer of places that hide in the surfaces through touch and determination of our own position, up or down.
Through the definition of one's own position scale, there is a (re) reading of the place, what is visually accessible and what is hidden under the surface above the city. The optics of deep ecology suggests shifting the paradigm of one's own body in relation to the local landscape. If we consider a hidden city from the perspective of a cave, where the body is in some way an observer, a certain architecture of the body arises, which no longer uses the cave as a shelter, but becomes one of the compositions of its layers, something that acquires the material of time.
The awareness of the environment is the awareness of the memory that is collected by all those hidden recesses of the Hasvik landscape, where a man as a resident becomes a common ingredient for the memory of the line of the region that is under the soil. Where the smooth transition takes place, the landscape is becoming the cavescape, the cavescape is becoming the humanscape, the humanscape is becoming the landscape.
Coexistence, Accretion, Persistence, Memory
When the body becomes one of the ingredients of the landscape, there is a certain inversion in which what was out of sight becomes visible, exactly so there is a coexistence of places that lie on different levels. Both in the context of time and in the context of the development of the city as a center, where urbanization does not grow into a megapolis but preserves the internal ingredients of memories, recesses, and coexistence. On the one hand, the archive freezes certain events, just like the architecture of Hasvik facades, the difficulty of reading a place arises in this kind of separation between how the house obeys the body, while the body no longer obeys the house. In caves, the opposite happens, the body obeys the interior around, and with any attempt to resist, rejection occurs. The constancy of the cave surfaces opens up the space of memory, the one that is already / not yet preserved in the body, namely the memory that is born at the moment of subordination and common unity with the place. The voice of the recesses becomes a memory, while one's own voice dissolves into the layers of the persistence of the surface.