Tanya Busse and Emilija Skarnulyte visited Pikene på Broen to scout locations and conduct research for their upcoming project that will be unveiled at the Barents Spektakel 2017. During the residency, the artists visited the mining facilities at Syd-Varanger Gruve and recorded sound and video which they plan to develop into an interactive production based on industrial processes and spaces.
Tanya Busse (b.1982 in Moncton, NB, Canada, lives and works in Tromsø, Norway) holds an MA in Capitalism, Sustainability and Art from the Academy of Contemporary Art in Tromsø, and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Working primarily with print and installation, Busse’s practice explores questions of visibility in relation to deep-time, invisible architecture and to larger systems of power. She has exhibited at Gallery 44: Center for Contemporary Photography in Toronto, Canada (2013); Turku Biennial in Turku, Finland (2013); and UKS in Oslo, Norway (2012) among others. Busse is the co-director of Smalls Gallery (Tromsø) and Mondo Books.
Emilija Škarnulytė (b.1987 in Vilnius, Lithuania lives and works in Tromsø, Norway) Her work consists of a series of politically active visions, in which she investigates reality with a poetic approach. Her films look into geological ungrounding processes, invisible architectures and larger systems of power. Škarnulytė holds BA from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy, and an MA from Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art in Tromsø, Norway.
Her films have been screened in various International Art events and Film festivals such as La Biennale di Venezia – 15th International Architecture Exhibition (2016, Italy); International Rotterdam Film Festival (The Netherlands, 2015); Manifesta 10 (Russia, 2014), 31st Sao Paulo Biennial (Brazil, 2014); Pompidou Film Festival Hors Pistes (France, 2014); and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany, 2013).