Deep Sites

5-20 September 2014


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Opening: 6 September 12.00 a.m, Levanger´s main square

4 September: Presentation of the programme, Trondheim (more info coming)
5 September: Opening of the Deep Sites project office in Levanger and presentation of the programme, Levanger (more info coming)


Regina Möller, Vladan Jeremic og Rena Rädle, Levanger Kino Group / Nomeda Urbonas, Edvine Larssen, Cathrine Dahl and Ørjan Aas, Karianne Stensland, RAKE

Curator: Anne-Gro Erikstad


Deep Sites is an exhibition in the form of a series of artistic interventions in the historic cultural environment of Levanger. From 5 to 20 September, new works by seven artists and artist collaborators will be presented at different times and locations in the city. The programme also includes talks and screenings, as well as meetings between the public, the artists and other participants. In Deep Sites, the city emerges as a place where past and present, reflection and confrontation, common ground and spaces that normally lie more concealed are woven together. A place rich with potential and imagination, where new visions and political ideas and solutions developed in the past are (re)activated in the light of current challenges and ecological and economic crises.




The centre of Levanger, a thriving commercial hub as late as the 50s and 60s, is today subject to declining commercial activity. Many of the old shop premises are vacated and characterized by decay, and during the last few decades a certain melancholy has overtaken the place. Recently, Levanger´s many wooden buildings were placed under protection by the Directorate for Cultural Heritage in Norway, and the city centre is now considered a cultural environment of national interest, pursuant to the Norwegian Cultural Heritage Act. This seems to have brought back some optimism as to the future life of the small town.

In accordance with §2 of the Norwegian Cultural Heritage Act, the term ‘cultural environment’ is defined as ‘any area where a monument or site forms part of a larger entity or context.’ Thus, a cultural environment provides the context for its individual constituent entities. When such an environment consists of cultural monuments from different periods, one speaks of ‘time-depth’. ‘Deep Sites’ refers to environments that have time-depth, but the term is also related to the ‘Deep Web’, sites that can’t be accessed via conventional search methods.

In contemporary society, cultural heritage is produced based on economic, cultural or political objectives. At a time when history and cultural heritage are receiving considerable hype, the project aims to address the ‘cultural environment of the centre of Levanger’, both as a geographically defined area with a ‘deep history’ – layers of meaning and silences – and as an imaginary and agonistic space: the site when it becomes a piece of cultural heritage.




Thanks to:
Arild Bye, Morten Skaufel, Sivert Geir Løvås, Bymuseet i Levanger, Festiviteten Kino og Kulturhus, Levanger kommune; Bygg- og Eiendom, Kommunalteknikk og Drift og Anlegg, Levanger Museum, Coop Mega, Levanger, Per Anker Johansen


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Graphic design: Joana Bruno