Venturing in the summer of 2015 to Kvalnes on the north tip of Norway to visit Thora Dolven Balke in her mother’s studio, this interview talks to her unique approach to art making. Dancing between film, photographic images and sound, Thora seems to experience the world with her eyes wide open–constantly capturing the narratives immediately around her.
In this episode Thora shares her current investigations into radio plays as well as experiments with field recordings of the natural reverb of Kvalnes mountain tops and thrown rocks. She discusses the surreal contrast of city life with the silence of the Arctic. Some of these explorations into sound are covered here in an interview staged in early September 2015, with recordings and sketches further developed for an exhibition curated by Thora at the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival in Xiamen in November 2015.
More information about Thora’s work can be found here.