I am mountain, to measure impermanence is an unbroken film take showing the annual measurements made of Sweden’s highest mountain Kebnekaise. The film is made on the specific day of the year when the measuring of the peak is carried out. The camera is placed on the northern peak of Kebnekaise looking at the southern peak, where a team of scientists gathers samples and measures the effects of the rapidly melting mountain glacier. Since the first measurements in 1902, the southern peak of Kebnekaise has been the highest point in Sweden. However, 113 years of research shows a clear tendency that the glacier is melting.
Consisting of rocks, Kebnekaise’s northern peak will therefore, according to the statistics, soon be the highest peak in Sweden. The slow, almost seemingly still film is an image of time and matter. The slow material of the stone stands in contrast to the more ephemeral material of ice in the glacier. I am mountain, to measure impermanence investigates the notion of time in film, geology, science and contemporary human life.Learn how to rent this work