OLE NIELING

OLE NIELING

The first half year of 2016 I stayed in the Bymarka forest nearby the city of Trondheim. From Januari till early Juli, I was a student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) but choose to spend my time in the forest instead.
I started out in a small 1987 USA military tent. I had gathered a fair amount of secondhand military gear in 2015 which was to help me survive the winter. -30 degree sleeping bag, a Belgian military bed, several dozens of woollen socks, etc. When it actually started to snow, I build a small snowcave. When the snow lays high enough it reaches your chest it seems the logical (adventurous) thing to do. It proved both a great vantage point to observe the aurora borealis at night and an inducer of nightmares where I dreamed about freezing to death.

When spring started coming and the ground was clearing I could find poles and other materials that could be repurposed to start construction of a more habitable structure. This structure is SKAUHYTT, a small retreat at the periphery civilisation and nature. The location of SKAUHYTT provided fantastic views of the city Trondheim, the Trondheimfjord and the mountain ranges that lay beyond. On June 2 2016 I held a housewarming by hosting an exhibition of NTNU KiT students (the Trondheim art academy) and inviting people to visit SKAUHYTT.

SKAUHYTT remained on the location till February 2017 when I returned to it together with a crew. We shot the footage that would later be used for the film WALDEN and deconstructed the work for transportation to the Netherlands. A detailed documentation of this process can be seen in the film HUT DOT ZIP.

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