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Gompen og andre beretninger om overvåking i Norge 1948–1989 BY Lene Berg
From a witness stand facing a panel of citizens, and in the presence of a small audience, a number of individuals come forward to speak about their personal experience of being surveilled or being agents of surveillance. Many of the witnesses appear under their own names; others are actors representing witnesses who could not attend. Through its unique set of characters and its use of associative montage of different stories and testimony, Gomp: Tales of Surveillance in Norway 1948–1989 depicts various aspects and consequences of being surveilled as well as a complex image of Post War Norway.
Lene Berg’s GOMP: Tales of Surveillance in Norway 1948–1989 is a film from a staged hearing focusing on the surveillance of dissidents during the Cold War in Norway. Based upon extensive research and produced as a live event, it is simultaneously a documentary, a work of fiction and a piece of political theatre.
Lene Berg, born 1965, grew up in Oslo, Norway and was educated a film-director at Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She lives and works in Berlin and New York. Lene Berg mainly works with film/video, text and photography. She has explored relationships between contemporary images and inherited ideas; between clichés and facts; between ideology and structures of narration. Berg is particularly interested in what is not told, what has been forgotten, what has failed and what does not fit the general picture or story. Central to all her projects are questions about the distribution of ideas and the function of images in relation to propaganda and political power.
Her work has been shown at Whitechapel gallery, London, Art in General, New York and Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, as well as in ‘Transmediale’ Berlin, the Sydney Biennale, The Taipei Biennale, Contour Mechelen and Manifesta 8.