I Have My Thoughts To Entertain Me is the second video work in a series-in-progress Hypernative, consisting of reflections regarding people’s need for knowledge and affiliation to own culture and history. Hypernative examines how identity and the sense of belonging occurs, appears and is inherited and transformed into new shapes through generations. Diane and Marlene Halverson live on the family farm outside Northfield, Minnesota. We meet them as they look back at their father’s life, his meeting with Norway and his ancestors’ history. Norway was throughout his life presented as urlandet (= fatherland), amazing and beautiful, but unreachable. When the opportunity for a visit came he could not deal with the experience as something real. He would later look back on the journey as a dream.
#1: Reverse History portrays two Norwegian-American sisters’ relationship with their late father and their cultural origin. Prod. 2012
# 2: I Have My Thoughts To Entertain Me is a video portrait of Erik Halverson, the sisters’ father. The portrait consists of moving images collected from the family farm outside Northfield, USA. Prod. 2013
#3: Untitled is a video portrait of the sisters mother. Expected prod. 2014.
www.hypernative.org. Hypernative is a collaboration between Regine Osbakk and Line Anda Dalmar.