Here There and Everywhere: The Art Of Collaboration
Place: Part III   Ecological

spiselig hage atrium
(atrium: edible garden)
Regina Maria Möller • Germany • Artist
Øivind Koppang Eriksen • Norway • Artist
Christine Malnes Mathisen • Norway • Artist
Hanne Beate Nilsen and Rita Ellen Didriksen • Norway • Atrium Chefs
Northbridge / Morten Opøyen • Norway • Atrium Owner
Kezia Pritchard • Norway • Artist
Tore Eidebakk Reisch • Norway • Artist
Håvard Stamnes • Norway • Artist
Marte Edvarda Tidslevold • Norway • Artist

spiselig hage atrium—described by the project’s logo shA - is a collaborative piece initiated by Professor Regina Maria Möller with students at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (KIT) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. For their work, the collaborative team chose to tackle the atrium in the same building as KIT. According to Möller, their initial plan was “to make (better) use of the atrium . . . This atrium is a semi-public space. . . a reminder of the ‘panopticon’ (Foucault)—a crossroad and surveillance tower between all the businesses, health care centers and institutions housed in the building. The only meeting point is the canteen, which is regularly visited by some employees for breakfast and lunch. Other than that, this space has no functional use. Our ambition is to re-furbish this atrium as a communication and research platform between the various businesses and institutions.

Our starting point is to develop a sustainable and edible garden. Instead of conventional atrium greenhouse plants, we propose to grow local and organic herbs,
vegetables and plants that can be used by the chefs of the canteen kitchen. . . [We also will work] in collaboration with biologists, gardeners and organic farmers to grow, for example, hyper-accumulator plants (plants that remove toxic metals from contaminated soil or clean the air). . . We [will] work collaboratively and cross-disciplinarily to blur the boundaries between art and design, art and architecture, art and science, art and technology.”

Their work was a composite of projects, including:
Adoptive Seeds
For this piece, the public was invited to "adopt" an organic herb seed to take home, care for and, once matured, return to live in the atrium.

For her work, Christine Malnes Mathisen made cups for the canteen, designed with pictograms for planting and growing seeds. Both the Adoptive Seeds and Cups were freely disseminated to the public.

Lunch / Soup
Tore Reisch provided soup made with regional vegetables.

Moveable and Speaking Basil
Øivind Koppang Eriksen and Håvard Stamnes made a basil plant that moved and spoke (by seemingly invisible means) to the diners, offering them basil for their soup.

For this installation, the spiral staircase was covered with felt that Marte Edvarda Tidslevold designed as a felt-pocket-wall that held written information, seed packages and tools for planting.

shA Swing
This piece consisted of a swing (conceived by Kezia Pritchard), which was installed as a permanent installation in the atrium and is still in use.

Table Sets
Table Sets was a series of two-sided placemats; one side with text, describing the participants’ vision for the atrium; the other side with an image created by the participants.

Slow TV
Slow TV was a televised documentation of the opening event, shot by Kristin Tårnes with Sille Storihle conducting the interviews.

Atrium within the building of the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology • Trondheim, Norway • 2009

Trondheim Academy of Fine Art is an institute of the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and is run as an independent art academy in spacious premises with studios and workshops in the centre of Trondheim.