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Know Yourself er et prosjekt av Bergen kommune. Natt til mandag 3. februar 2020 dukket det oppet omtrent 65 meter langt gatekunstverk laget av 13 kunstnere på gjerde ved byggeplassen ved rådhuset i Bergen. Frem til høsten 2021 er rådhuset en omfattende anleggsplass, med et stort gjerde rundt. Derfor hadde Bergen Kommune bevilget penger til gatekunst som skulle være til glede for alle.

Kunsten

Sitat Since the ancient Greeks humans has thrived to know themselves, hence the famous expression “Know thyself”. The concept is timeless and offers humans an introspection to allow ourselves to reflect upon our motivation, limits and above all; who we are. Sitat


Sitat Verden vår endrer seg kontinuerlig, og vi blir stadig utfordret på motet og motivasjonen vår. Filosofi er et kontinuum, kan aldri gå tapt og er forutsetningen for alt vi gjør, måten vi lever, tenker og forestiller oss vår fremtid.

I løpet av en periode på 13 dager har 13 bergensbaserte gatekunstnere laget en digital vegg av kunst gjennom prosjektet "kjenn deg selv". Sammen med Piece by Piece inviterer de befolkningen i Bergen til å delta i samtalen og til å delta på en introspektiv reise.

Vi må stoppe. Vi må tenke. Og vi må stille spørsmålstegn ved alt og dermed tillate oss å komme nærmere å kjenne oss selv og samfunnet som helhet.

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Pice by Pice

Sammen kom kunstnerne frem til at de ønsket å lage noe som passet til 950-årsjubileet til byen. Den røde tråden er hvor Bergen har vært historisk og hvor Bergen er i ferd med å gå. «Know yourself», altså kjenn deg selv, ble tittelen.

Sitat Vi var enige om at veggens overordnede budskap burde være et konstruktivt bidrag til samfunnet... «det å kjenne seg selv» var noe som kunne samle alt kunstnerne ønsket å formidle. Alt fra lokalhistorie til globale problemer blir tatt opp. Sitat
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Først var tanken å male direkte på veggen, men vær og vind gjorde at det ble bedre å male på plater i et lokale på Nøstet.

I to uker har kunstnerne malt, før verkene ble fraktet til rådhuset og montert søndag kveld og natt til mandag.

Verk

THE QUEST

Sitat The painting named “The Quest” made by the artist RC draws inspiration from aesthetics and meaning found in film posters. The paintings resonates with the popular film/tv series genera of a group of friends on a quest. Taken out of a film context the image becomes a comment on the need for a more inclusive society. Reinforcing the important value that every person has role to play in our shared story. Sitat
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EMERGENCE & DO YOU?

Sitat What is a human in the digital age? What are you worth? What are our children worth?

The digital age gave rise to sophisticated technology that has evolved faster than our ability to regulate it. It is now an integral part of our everyday lives and in many ways, enhances the human experience, but beneath many a bedazzling interfaces is an architecture engineered for our ignorance. Most of us are aware of the metadata we provide about ourselves when we “Accept” those terms and conditions, but how many reflect over the use of this data and the epistemic inequality it creates on a global scale. Cambridge Analytica scandal was a wakeup call for many, yet this practice is the new norm. The capture of our information often bypasses our very awareness, allowing machine learning algorithms to know more about us than we realize. With enough information, they know us better than we know ourselves and with access to our psychological profiles, Surveillance Capitalists (companies that trade in “human behavioural predictions”) can use subtle and subliminal cues, rewards and punishments to influence our behaviour without us even realising it. In the words of Shoshana Zuboff, Harvard Business School Professor and author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism”, – “Unequal knowledge about us produces unequal power over us” My main intention with these pieces was to create a feeling of discomfort in the observer; an understanding that the trading in human experiences is not ok and needs addressing before we allow it to eat away at our personal sovereignty, privacy and democracy. Not all is bleak though. Awareness is the first step to change. The blindfold has been removed and hope lies in a clear vision of the future we want for ourselves and our children. We just need to decide if we are worth more than mere stock for profit, and if so, let it be known.

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EMERGENCE & DO YOU? by AFK and Brosey
Sitat Brosey – Do you?

In the painting named ‘Do You?’ Brosey uses a skyline to ask the question ‘Do you know yourself?’ Although the design is relatively simple with seemingly random colors placed throughout, the text subtly runs through the buildings and it isn’t until you take a step back and observe that clarity starts to form. Much in the same way as approaching the question in the real world, to know yourself is to step out of yourself and see the world through the other side of the looking glass. Collaborating with fellow artist AFK by using ‘Matrix Binary’ throughout part of the background is intended to highlight the digital age we have arrived in. It also shows that the way we view ourselves and society around us is changing due to the exponential growth of technology, growing too fast to comprehend or know what we have gotten ourselves into.

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EXCELLENT

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Sitat What is a human in the digital age? What are you worth? What are our children worth?

The digital age gave rise to sophisticated technology that has evolved faster than our ability to regulate it. It is now an integral part of our everyday lives and in many ways, enhances the human experience, but beneath many a bedazzling interfaces is an architecture engineered for our ignorance. Most of us are aware of the metadata we provide about ourselves when we “Accept” those terms and conditions, but how many reflect over the use of this data and the epistemic inequality it creates on a global scale. Cambridge Analytica scandal was a wakeup call for many, yet this practice is the new norm. The capture of our information often bypasses our very awareness, allowing machine learning algorithms to know more about us than we realize. With enough information, they know us better than we know ourselves and with access to our psychological profiles, Surveillance Capitalists (companies that trade in “human behavioural predictions”) can use subtle and subliminal cues, rewards and punishments to influence our behaviour without us even realising it. In the words of Shoshana Zuboff, Harvard Business School Professor and author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism”, – “Unequal knowledge about us produces unequal power over us” My main intention with these pieces was to create a feeling of discomfort in the observer; an understanding that the trading in human experiences is not ok and needs addressing before we allow it to eat away at our personal sovereignty, privacy and democracy. Not all is bleak though. Awareness is the first step to change. The blindfold has been removed and hope lies in a clear vision of the future we want for ourselves and our children. We just need to decide if we are worth more than mere stock for profit, and if so, let it be known.

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RO/URO

Sitat This piece is a painting from the album cover with the same name that I designed for Marthe Valle in 2019. It is a comment on the pharmaceutical industry and in this particular version, the opioid crisis that is plaguing America. Sitat
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THE IMPOSSIBLE CONVERSATION

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Sitat How can we even begin to solve our problems when our conversations about them keep breaking down or are non-existent?

We live in polarized times. Environments that cultivate group thinking grow ever more self-righteous and entrenched in the views of their tribe. It seems impossible to have a reasonable conversation with anyone who has a different opinion, and questioning the validity of reason within one’s own group can lead to ostracism or self-censorship. Every kind of diversity is welcome except for the diversity of opinion and whether it be an institution, political party or a cultural movement, this misguided desire for group harmony will ultimately lead to irrational or dysfunctional decision-making. The solution lies in open and honest conversations with a genuine curiosity and willingness to listen to other points of view; dialogues where the search for truth, or revision of beliefs, takes precedence over group allegiance, economic interest or misguided pride. This is easier said than done and may be beyond the ability of the most extreme segments of society. So, it is up to the rest of us, (which is also most of us), to meet and speak with mutual respect and curiosity. Nevertheless, society is a reflection of our collective selves. If we desire change in the world, it has to start with us all taking a good look in the mirror and at our egos. Are you capable of having an impossible conversation?

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INN OG UT

Sitat “Natten er en annen dag for den som forstår å våke” – Alf Larsen. Man skal ikke glemme å nyte den flotte innsikten og ikke minst utforske landskapet. Sitat
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RECOVERY

Sitat Sometimes, when my thoughts are noisy and I struggle to see clearly, my demons are doing their best to hold me down. Poisonous attitudes affect me because I let them and I instinctively feel scared, like if I am facing a lion. My weakness seeks a quick, but dumb solution to the chaos.

The woman riding in to the battle scene from the back is my loved ones. So is the one who is reaching for my hand, the one who is helping me back up on to my horse, and the one that rides it with me above the struggle.

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HAREM
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DIALOGUE

Sitat This mural is about the dialogue, with a desire to reflect on how we talk and understand each other. How do we practice the art of listening and what kind of language do we use? My perception is that we influence each other to become exceptional actors to align ourselves in the social space. In many cases, the dialogue is prevented by those who believe they have monopoly on the truth. Between people, communication can be hindered by suspicion and skepticism, which sometimes explodes in violence and hatred.

This painting is about having a greater openness, how we question our challenges and use each other’s strength to create a better society and environment.

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BRIDGING THE GAP

Sitat We are living in a world that is constantly evolving and changing.

Our society is now in a very polarized state. We gravitate towards each of our “side”.. Rich and poor, left and right, religious or not etc.. Most of us feel hurt or angry if anyone dare to challenge are perception of reality. We have stopped Listening and now we just wait for our turn to speak. The animals are meant to be a symbol of our baggage, the stuff we bring with us from our past experiences into new interactions. Whether it is a new friend or a relationship. It is safe to stand by your animal. But you will never get over the bridge and see what adventures is waiting on the other side if you bring it with you.

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INDECISION

Sitat Your mind or heart? The forever continuous fight. Like so many times before, I yet again stand at this crossroad. By truly knowing yourself you will find peace from this doubt. The only thing worse than being aware of your own weaknesses is to let them take control. Sitat
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ALTARPIECE NEW

Sitat The painting named «Altarpiece New» made by the artist RC uses images from the public Instagram account of the most prolific young female influencer in Norway today – Sophie Elise.

By adding element to the images, the artist changes the content, thus giving the images new meaning. Transforming meaning to question and comments on what such narcissistic, hyper sexualized and manufactured bodies do to us as society and individuals. The painting’s composition is made up of three pieces, as a triptych and as an altarpiece. This creates a direct line to the influence of religious icons in early Norwegian Christian culture. Making the aphorism ‘Know thyself’ – being the projects main subject – relevant when contemplating on the ethical and moral shift from early altarpieces to newer ones. The artist’s intentions are not to attack individuals who show their buttocks on social media. Nor does the artist imply that a bleeding figure on a cross is a viable ethical and moral guide for today’s complex world. The intentions of the artist are that we ask ourselves why showing private parts in real public spaces classifies as indecent exposure, would be (seen as) problematic by the general public and even fined by authorities is allowed in social media spaces. Or why it is algorithmically ok to show a body in a certain way but not in others and why women who show their bodies in non-sexual poses and activities are increasingly censored on social platforms. Perhaps the influencer is only a victim, just a girl under the bad influence of an unethical virtual industry who doesn’t really considers the ramifications of their policies on people’s life’s nor society in general. RC`s painting invites the viewer to take a few steps back, interpret the underlying symbolism, read the sings and ask ; What is this new altar piece doing to us ?

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PUT ON MY RED LIGHT

Sitat “What is art? Prostitution.” – Charles Baudelaire

A painting inspired by the history of Bergen´s red-light scene which was rampant during 1500 – late 1800. More about this fascinating subject can be found out by visiting the Museum and infamous Vestindiana Bordello which is located on Nøstegaten. Coincidentally I could watch the Bordello from our artist studio whilst painting my fallen woman. However as we fast forward to now, it does raise the question, what of our deepest private selves are we selling off today? … and at what cost?

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Dish
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TRANSITION

Sitat My piece is a reflection of my own transition as a citizen of Bergen municipality. But also thrives from my idea and perspective of identity. My parents immigrated to Bergen from Chile in the early 70-ties. I never felt I could claim an identity as a person from Chile. Neither as a Norwegian. But I could identify as a person from Loddefjord. That gave me a feeling of belonging and also the birthplace of who I would become. As a human. Father. Friend and artist.

The piece is not of immigrants. It’s norwegian country people from the more rural areas waiting to move into their flats in the suburbs in Bergen. They lived in tents as they waited in transit. From tent to flat. Transition is a part of life. Transition requires change. And offers a new direction.

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Jose Alejandro
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AWAKENING

Sitat In 2020 our society still hold laws based on fear, stigma and prejudice.

2020 – A historic year for Norwegian drug policy. “The change will take some time, but that means a changed vision: those who have a substance abuse problem should be treated as ill, and not as criminals with classical sanctions such as fines and imprisonment.” In March 2018, the government appointed a committee to prepare the implementation of the government’s drug reform, where responsibility for society’s response to the use and possession of illegal drugs for personal use is transferred from the justice sector to the health service. The Official Report is now on public consultation to April 2, 2020. The goal of the Government is to propose necessary legal changes based on the reports findings. Much can be said about the «War on drugs». We know for a fact that it has not been successful. What we don’t talk about is the fact that alcohol and a wide range of prescription drugs are the most dangerous of all drugs both for our own body and in contact with others despite its legality. It is time we recognize that the old laws were imposed due to fear, stigma and concern for our citizens, and also due to a fear of change, change in people and change in a capitalist society. We fear the unknown and especially psychedelics posed a threat to war nations and the capitalist mindset. «The kids taking LSD aren’t gonna fight your wars, they are not going to join your cooperations.» – Timothy Leary

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EQUALITY

Sitat In 1913 women could finally vote in Norway. It had been a struggle and not without a fight. At the time the whispers said – if women takes part in politics the children will starve and the society will fall apart. It was also perceived that all women would vote «red» giving the socialist wing an unfair advantage. We now know this not to be true. It goes without saying that it is not so. We know that now.

We thank our sisters in long skirts who stood up for our right to vote, to participate in legislation and be full members in the society securing the first step towards equality. Stigma and prejudice – Our society is in constant change but oh so slowly due to stigma and prejudice not taking knowledge and science into account. We tend to vote with our feelings, take actions based on what we have been taught and keep laws based on how we think a society should be.

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BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Sitat The time is not there for us to plan any more, the time we waited for is here right now for us to act brightly and create a bright future, for the future of coming generations.”

Because we are living in a fast paced society and there are so many changes and distractions, it is very crucial for us to learn one of the most essential life skills, focus. We have to learn how to focus and know ourselves so we can impart this to our children.

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GAMEBOY COLOR

Sitat Gameboy color is a nostalgic piece, and it’s about knowing yourself related to how you grew up and how you were impacted as a child. It’s a throwback to the 80’s and 90’s and all the then new technology and toys we grew up with. The piece is a fun one and it’s purpose is to bring back positive feelings from childhood. It may be a way in which people can connect about being a part of the same time period in the past, and it might get you to reflect on how things in your childhood has impacted you, and what gives you the feeling of nostalgia. These objects and things from our past might be a manifestation of past events, that has emotional significance in our lives. Sitat
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AFK ·NIMI · HAREM · Brosey · Bliss · Bjor · RC · Jose · Dish · Barnslig · A.Lian · SpicySpize · Phatso

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