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Kadens, 2013-2015
2 films and a series of paintings
In collaboration with Helena Wikström.
Musician: Kendra Mc Donnell
Film: Lampray

“Kadens”, Rostrum Gallery, Malmö, 2015
“Kadens” Sawada mansion Gallery, Kochi, Japan, 2015




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Kadens

In Kadens Gerd Aurell and Helena Wikström investigate the changing landscape of the Ume River Delta.

The Ume River Delta can be seen as a giant park or garden just outside the city limits. In the film “Kadens” a musician takes her bike from the close-by city of Umeå. On her trumpet she plays an improvised sound-portrait of the changing landscape: a fanfare by the river’s edge, a melancholic folksong in the meadow, a jazz improvisation in the woods. She’s always on the move, in the end of the film passing over to the next little delta island just emerging from the river. Her movement is a metaphor for a landscape in constant change.

River deltas all over the world share a few characteristics: they are fertile landscapes that constantly change. New sandbanks and islands appear due to sediment deposition in the mouth of the river. This, together with land rise (the biggest in the world) means that the Ume River Delta is constantly moving further out. What is now covered by water will in just a few years be land. In the second film the two artists wade up-river from Holmen to Villanäs and yes, what looks like water will soon be land. The in-between landscape of a river delta can be seen as a metaphor for the ambiguous and multifaceted.