November 13. 2022



HOW THE EARTH MUST SEE ITSELF at Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts

At the symposium The Only Lasting Truth is Change by Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts

Choreographer and visual artist Helle Siljeholm and geologist Øyvind Paasche invite the audience to a field trip around Nesttun pond, continuously affected by flood. During a walk through a suburban landscape at the foot of a mountain, participants will explore the pond’s geological archive, search for traces of the movements of the sea throughout 6000 years, and look at the mountain as an active agent in creating floods.

Drawing upon Siljeholm’s long-term interdisciplinary project The Mountain Body, and Paasche’s research around Nesttun pond, they invite us to examine visible traces of shifting landscapes and to explore the interdependence between site, mountain, and body.

The title of the walk refers to “The Living Mountain” – a seminal mountain memoir by the Scottish Modernist writer and poet Nan Shepherd, based on experiences of hill walking in the Cairngorms in Scotland. The Mountain Body is an art project by Helle Siljeholm who, in collaboration with artists, climbers and academics, investigates how the mountain visibly and invisibly affects, and is affected, by the surrounding community in the light of geological time. The mountain is the starting point for various explorations concerning our perspective on nature, as well as the relationship between nature and culture.

Please dress for the weather and be ready to sit and lay down on the ground in the area around the pond. Snacks and hot drinks will be served. The walk is free, but due to limited places we kindly ask you to register by sending an email to