The goal of this exposition is to investigate the particular qualities of painting and mountain climbing. Do they have their own aesthetics, their own processes and patterns of movement, their own environmental structures and psychology – and do they share some of these characteristics? The texts and pictures in this exposition, four essays all together, deal with the potential of mountain climbing and painting to map out space, quietude, euphoria, fear, skill, autonomy, instrumentality and movement in an expanded field.
Geir Harald Samuelsen, Artistic Research Leader, Institute of Fine Art, University of Bergen, Norway. Samuelsen is a painter, photographer and writer. His works originate from an abstract, haptic and gestural artistic landscape with forces of nature, body scale and movement as points of reference. His texts are mixtures of different genres and often influenced by literature, movies, art theory and sports. In this exposition, mountain climbing is an important reference.