Hellebou presents: Reshuffling Forest (Hellebou Vol. 3)
Opening September 30th, at 7pm
Open: Saturday October 1st and 2nd, 12:00 – 16:00
Hanne Grieg Hermansen
Inger Wold Lund
It was cold. It took us two days to heat up the thick timber walls. The water in the big plastic
barrels, left behind by the cabin’s last residents, did not melt during our stay. The ice was too
thick. Our neighbor dug out a trail in the snow, so that we would not have to wade through
it. None of us dared to sleep alone at night. It was too cold. It was too dark. Outside, the
moon was reflected in the white and untouched snow. We stayed inside. It was the time of the
year when the days were at their shortest. We were in a cabin, in the forest, in Telemark.
So describes Inger Wold Lund our very first winter residence, which took place
during winter solstice. After three days in front of the fireplace, we were faced with
four musicians from Oslo: Henning Pedersen, Pål Bredrup, Boris Lifschtutz and Lars
Preus, otherwise known as Okkultokrati. They had been invited to the cabin for these
particularly dark nights. Our living room turned into a music studio, and the cabin
turned out to be too small. During summer we could have gone swimming in Lake
Follsjø, or settled down in the woodshed for the night, but now we all wanted to stay
inside. The cabin resonated with the rhythms of a distorted guitar, as some of us
returned to the city. Later that winter, Katla (Jonas Ib. Jensen, Mathijs van Geest and
Ånond Versto) rented a car. They drove from their studio in Bergen, over the Haukeli
Mountains, to Hellebu, Helleberg, Telemark. Once again the timber walls needed
heating, as Katla gathered material for their first artist book. One rainy weekend in
June, when the days were at their longest, the cabin had one last visitor, writer
Mathias Samuelsen. His stay in the cabin resulted in a reading. These are the makers
of this year’s Hellebou.
Hellebou is founded by Ellen Henriette Suhrke and Johanne Birkeland. Together
they uphold a year-round artist residence, and maintain the cabin. Hellebou Vol.
3 was produced between December 2010 and September 2011. This weekend we
present the release, alongside selected works by some of Hellebou´s previous
residents. The opening night will include a live performance by Matilda Carlid.