Golden Days (Remedios, Colombia, 2012), 2013

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Single-channel video installation, color, sound
40 min 18 sec
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

Golden Days (Remedios, Colombia 2012) was commissioned by TBA21 and focuses on the area around Remedios, a town in the Antioquia region of Colombia, where gold mining has been the prevalent industry and main source of income for centuries. The footage juxtaposes the domestic with the mining milieu, the daily social landscape and activities with the underground excavation world, capturing the essence of this "golden" place: "As above, so below", as the ancient alchemists used to say.
The images and music in the film are carefully paced as both an internal and an external meditation, evoking a powerful atmosphere as the viewer travels through the life and environment of Remedios. Composed by the artists, the soundtrack uses a variety of sound elements, such as EVP (electronic voice phenomena), capturing the "voices of the dead", and generates sounds based on emission spectroscopy, a technique that enables the listener to actually hear sounds arising from physical matter within the mines, such as metal ore.

Carl Michael von Hausswolff (born 1956) is a composer, visual artist, and curator based in Stockholm, Sweden. His main tools are recording devices (camera, tape deck, radar, sonar) used in an ongoing investigation of electricity, frequency, architectural space, and paranormal electronic interference. Major exhibitions include Manifesta (1996), documenta X (1997), the Johannesburg Biennial (1997), Sound Art - Sound as Media at ICC in Tokyo (2000), the Venice Biennale (2001, 2003, and 2005), and Portikus, Frankfurt (2004). Von Hausswolff received a Prix Ars Electronica award for Digital Music in 2002.

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Thomas Nordanstad is an award winning Swedish filmmaker and artist living in London. His work has been exhibited and screened at a wide range of museums and art institutions such as the Fondation Cartier, Paris, the 2nd Moscow Art Biennale, The British Film Institute, London, Museum of modern art, Stockholm and Musee d’art moderne de la ville de Paris.

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