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The Finale! Last day together in Umeå

Posted: February 28th, 2012

Last night we had a feedback session for the close-to-final edit of our new video at the artist-run space Verkligheten here in Umeå. We used this opportunity to reflect and contextualize this trip, and how we came to make our new video. We showed the map of the places we have we walked, and used all of the photographs we have taken over the past month as a way to talk about process.


The room was filled, and everyone seemed eager to share their thoughts. Many of our new friends came to support us, and we were also excited to see new faces in the room.

Overall the feedback was positive. While we felt like we had a very strong piece, we were eager to show it to people in Umeå who live with this landscape everyday. We were told it reflected the spirit of this place, many people said that it was poetic- one artist said that he felt like we were drawing the sky out of the water. That made us very excited.

There was a lot of discussion about our opening shot, and whether or not we were providing too much information too quickly in the piece. There was also talk of pacing and repetition and if the piece should be longer or shorter. We took a lot of notes, and are taking all of the comments to heart, although we feel quite confident that we will keep the structure of the piece intact. It just feels right.

We ended the evening with a delicious dinner with our Verkligheten friends (and a visiting curator from Riga). Mary taunted Blithe by ordering reindeer (Rudolph!) and Gerd informed us that this was a very sustainable meat. Blithe ended up taking a taste (eating Rudolph!). Among many topics of conversation, were the different cultural methods of picking mushrooms.

Blithe is getting on a plane and heading to Stockholm tomorrow where she will see old friends and meet with Iaspis in Stockholm. She heads back to New York on Friday. Mary will be enjoying Umeå until Monday.

As we close our time together, we want to make sure to give a shout out to the people who generously donated to the creation of this project, before we even knew what we were going to make! This showed a vote of confidence in us that made us feel extremely supported. You are the best. We can’t wait to show you the piece!

We also cannot thank our Swedish Iaspis hosts enough- espeically Helena Wikström, Micael Norberg, and Brita Täljedal. We are so grateful to have met so many incredible people during our stay. We are look forward to keeping in touch. We’ve debated a lot over this past month, but we have consensus on the fact that Umeå is a very special place.

Now that we are heading back to our separate lives, we will be ending the frequency of our posts to the blog. We will continue to post updates about what we are up to, but the purpose of this site will shift. We are still reflecting, we are looking forward to sharing thoughts and notes in the next few months, and we will post those here as well.

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