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Gompen og andre beretninger om overvåking i Norge 1948–1989
Lene Berg

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.

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.

English title GOMP: Tales of Surveillance in Norway 1948–1989
Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 01:23:13
Language Norwegian
Color Color
Year 2014
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About the artist

Lene Berg works with video, installations, photography, text and has made three feature films. Berg exposes and plays with clichés, reconfigures fact and fantasy in a quest for new forms of narration. Her work suggests that consensus views of politics, history, and sexuality, are often misleading, and that they reveal considerably more in what they exclude. Born in Oslo, Lene Berg was educated as a film director at the Dramatiska Institutet, Stockholm. She now lives in Berlin and New York.

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.