2009- Landscape

2010 Being on the Beach
Exploring Sensomotoric Awareness in a Landscape

Conference contribution by Grete Refsum and Ingunn Rimestad at:

Aesth/Ethics in Environmental Change
Transdisciplinary workshop about the aesthetics, ethics, art, religion and ecology of the environment

The European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment,
Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim,
Biological Station of Hiddensee, University of Greifswald,
Environmental Ethics, University of Greifswald

Hiddensee, 24-28 May 2010
Conference presentation: Presentation Being on the Beach


every grain of sand
leaves witness of
a mountain fallen apart

Being on the Beach is a collaborative site-specific artistic research project initiated by a visual artist and a dancer/choreographer. Together with conference participants we wish to explore our sensomotoric awareness in a workshop on the nearby beach.

An oral presentation will introduce the workshop theoretically, while the experimentation on the beach will add to the individual’s personal experiential knowledge. Hopefully we will have shared discussions that may help conceptualize our experiences. The process will be documented and analyzed retrospectively.

A beach represents a border in between fluid water and firm land. Its area is unstable, oscillating between the tides. The beach receives – sediments and objects – and gives back to the sea. It is a place for cultural, labour and leisure, activities.

In this project, the beach is a site and a metaphor, standing for the current environmental condition. The Hiddensee workshop will systematically explore how our bodies relate to a landscape by all senses. The preliminary workshop structure is:

  • observation of the landscape: experiencing gravity and grounding
  • finding objects: relations and actions
  • elaboration of the experiences gained in collaboration
  • performative conclusion

The project exemplifies how art can widen our perception of nature.
End of Being on the Beach project, Hiddensee 28th May 2010

Bokbidrag / Book chapter:

  • ———. Refsum, Grete and Ingunn Rimestad. 2013. Being on the Beach; Exploring Sensomotoric Awareness in a Landscape. In Aesth/Ethics in Environmental Change. Hiking through the Arts, Ecology, Religion and Ethics of the Environment (Studies in Religion and the Environment/Studien zur Religion und Umwelt, Vol. 7), edited by S. Bergmann, I. Blindow and K. Ott. Berlin-Münster-Wien-Zürich-London: LIT Verlag.

Manuscript of book chapter: Refsum_Rimestad_Being on the Beach

2009 Beach Rosary

I visit Østre Brygge (East Quay), Brønnøya (Well Island) in the Oslo Fjord throughout the year, contemplating my life as the rhythms of nature passes by. The rock is from the Devon Period, calciferous. It cracks into small longitudinal stones that are polished by the sea. I have sorted them at a medium size (5 cm), regular in shape, blue-grey in colour. The composition is 10 x 5 + 5 stones in-between that contrast the others in shape and colour. My Beach Rosary reflects heaven on earth.

The project was part of The World Beach Project
initiated by artist Sue Lawty Victoria & Albert Museum, London