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Second Sight
Performative teaserving, Ett Mål Tid Residency, Stokkøya

A performative tea serving of Wild Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) found growing around the old farm house that has been reconstructed as a studio space. Storytelling of the history of the house, while Yarrow tea is served and inscence of Yarrow is burned. Yarrow is antiseptic and vulnerary, and a renowed wound healer. It can give renewed energy, dampen pain, and instill a sense of protection and strength.

Costume by Hannah Mjølsnes
Photo by Kristin Slotterøy.

Mugwort Reading
Performative teaserving and reading for the launch of the book “Grand Complication” by Andrea Bakketun, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo

Reading of journal entries from the book “Grand Complications” documenting the project by Andrea Bakketun, while serving tea from Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) to listeners.
Mugwort was used as a somatic tool for the audience to meditate on themes from the project “Grand Complications” such as invisible processes, time and tranforming and interacting matter.

Costume by Hannah Mjolsnes. Photo of teaserving by Markus Li Stensrud

A Recipe for Tea
Teaserving, Current LA

Teaserving of Ice Plant (Carpobrotus edulis) found growing in the surrounding coastal landscape, paired with meditative instructions. Open to the general public at Muscle Beach, Venice, LA. 
Made with Eric Kim/ Nine Herbs Charm collective for Current LA Art Biennial.

Photo by Panic Studio LA, courtesy of City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Performance/Engagement commissioned by DCA for CURRENT:LAFOOD © [Human Resources, A Recipe for Tea © 2019] 

  Silent Noon 
Site-specific installation and performative teaserving, Brattørkaia

Silent Noon was an immersive, site-specific installation set inside a glass pavillion on water. Individual servings of the medicinal plant Wild Chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris) was given to visitors during the daytime, over the course of one week. The installation consisted of hanging fabric and a soundscape of recorded sounds from various places where Wild Chervil was found growing. A selection of found objects were used as props for storytelling and meditative excercises. Wild Chervil was in its flowering season and could be seen in the roadsides and in the meadows at the time of the exhibition. 

Hannah Mjølsnes / Nine Herbs Charm collective in collaboration with Amalia Fonfara. Costumes by Kim Kvello. Photo by Mikkel Marhaug.

The Road Through
Performative teaserving, Hvitsten Salong, Akershus

Medicinal plants that grew along the path in the forest at Hvitsten were collectively gathered, then prepared as tea and served to participants on the forest floor. Participants were invited to take their shoes off. The plants were served one by one in the order of Plantain (Plantago Major), Self-Heal (Prunella Vulgaris) and St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum). Listening and observational exercises were given with each serving of a plant, slowly offering an entry into a new awareness to ones own body and to the surroundings. Plantain can help ground one in material reality, Self-Heal gives courage to heal oneself, and St. Johns Wort can lights up dark areas of our psyche.

Photo by Hannah Mjolsnes

Videoinstallation, Gallery Babel, Trondheim

Videoinstallation consisting of footage of one of the temporary natural ice caves that naturally emerge every winter under a glacier. The video is altered in realtime by code that causes the image to melt, stretch out, and blend into itself. A glacier may appear solid, but behaves like treacle, it is always moving, changing and altering the landscape around it, in a timescale outside of our human perception. The video, similar to the glacier, becomes an entity that takes on a life on its own, continuosly finding new ways to blend and shift the footage together to form new shapes in front of the viewer. The sound is played separately from the video, and consists of recording from the environment around the glacier also altered by code to generete new soundscapes in realtime.
Shown as a video installation projected on fabric and customized for the specific exhibition space.
Made in collaboration with video artist and programmer Mike Leisz.

Current video sample
Video documentation of Current at Babel Gallery
Video documentation of Current at Tromsø kulturnatt

Videoinstallation, Nordlandteater, Mo i Rana

Video installation combining shots from the interior of a the first iron mine in Norway with a local river carved out of glacial water over the course of thousands of years. The video follows the movements of water and iron from a non-human environment into a mechanized one. The title is a reference to a local myth that tells the story of a dragon reciding in the mountain. The dragon would protect the mountain by harming greedy miners. The pre-industrial myth shows an awareness to the limits of natural resources and to an intrinsic value in the landscape. In a post-industrial society there is no place for this myth, but the movements of the machinery are strangely evoctive of the writhing organs of a dragon.

 Commissioned by Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter.

Nine Herbs Charm — Wood Betony
Performative teaserving for SCIVIAS by Petrine Vinje, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo

Performative tea servering of Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis) for Petrine Vinjes solo show SCIVIAS
Hannah Mjølsnes / Nine Herbs Charm Collective in collaboration with Petrine Vinje.
Costume by Cat Lauigan

Photo by Diane Severin Nguyen

Nine Tea Servings
Collective gatherings with teaservings, Louise Dany, Oslo

Nine teaservings of nine medicinal plants over the course of two months as part of a residency at Louise Dany Gallery.
The interior of the gallery was altered through rearranging the furniture for each serving to compliment the plant. Various exercises or meditations were given to compliment the pyshical effects of each plant. Participants were invited to contribute anonymously with their impressions of the plant to the private server of Louise Dany, resulting in the growth of an archive of impressions throughout the duration of the residency.

Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris)
Plantain (Plantago Major),
Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
Watercress (Nasturtium Officinalis) 
Nettle (Urtica Dioica)
Apple (Malus)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefolium)

Hannah Mjølsnes / Nine Herbs Charm Collective in collaboration with Miriam Hansen

Galleri Kronborg, Bergen

A guided walk, meditation and tea serving of Mugwort (Artimisia Vulgaris) inside Kronborg Gallery, a small stone ruin on the top of a mountain overlooking the city of Bergen. The walk up the mountain was done in the afternoon and the decent back towards the city was done in dusk in the light of torches. Mugwort is a gentle oneirogen: it connects us to our subconcious through causing vivid and memorable dreams.
Hannah Mjølsnes / Nine Herbs Charm Collective in collaboration with Petra Dalström.

Photo by Petra Dalström and Lauryn Youden

Spirit Matter
Videoinstallation, Podium, Oslo

Video and sound installation featuring the sands of singing dunes. The ancient desert sands are ground down to the smallest entity pshysically possible and as a result produce a low hum as they are moved, due to a phenomena not quite understood yet. In ancient chinese scriptures the hum of the dunes is referred to as the song of dead spirits in the desert as it would come and go on its own with the winds. In the installation the layering of the video and the reveberation of the sound recording of the dunes creates a third imaginary space, one that emerges inbetween the two sites.

Sound by Danny Hynds and Noon Tran.

Road River Gust
Human Resources LA, Los Angeles,

Video and sound installation with dance performance.

Video by Hannah Mjølsnes
Ceramics by Noon Tran
Video Programming byMike Leisz
Sound by Danny Hynds
Dance by Mao Chenhui

Photo by Cedric Tai