Mai Hofstad Gunnes

Wave, Whip Fan


As a satellite event to BOA's third Art Festival Bank, Bank.Bank we at She Will proudly present Mai Hofstad Gunnes and her film Wave, Whip, Fan. The work deals with the relocation of a biotope and its impact on biodiversity, but also what this implies to our understanding of site and memory.


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 Bank, Bank. Bank is the main event and aims to «create a space where art and site are given the opportunity to work in dialogue». ‘Wave, Whip, Fan’ can be seen in conjunction with this kind of temporary exhibition sites where urban development is the source of movement and change.


 The film Wave, Whip, Fan takes as a point of departure a small pond called Gulltjønn located in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. The pond was moved a couple of hundred meters due to the construction of a new highway. The title of the film refers to tail movements performed by the male smooth newt, Triturus Vulgaris, during courtship. The description of the biotope is based on recorded material from the actual place, and conversations with among others: a biologist, an archaeologist, and a zoologist who were involved in the process of moving the pond.


Wave, Whip, Fan

2017, HD video, 11min 22s, stereo audio



A film by Mai Hofstad Gunnes

Voice: Veslemøy Mørkrid

Director of Photography: Cecilie Semec

First Camera Assistant: Mattias Pollak

Sound on Location: Therese Næss Diesen

Editor: Vårin Andersen

Supervising Sound Editor: Rune Baggerud

Colorist: Christian Berg-Nielsen, Sement&Betong


Mai Hofstad Gunnes (born 1977, Lørenskog, Norge) works with film, collage, and installation. She studied at Universität der Kunste, Berlin, CCA Kitakyushu, Japan, and Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norway, where she received her MFA in 2004. Recent solo exhibitions has been held at Baltic 39, Gateshead/Newcastle, Trondheim Museum of Art, Trondheim, 2015, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, 2012, and UKS, Oslo, 2012. Group exhibitions include Når vi døde vågner, Kunsthall Oslo, 2017; Hamskifte, Dokumentasjonsprosjektet E6, Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer, 2017; Facts, Stories and Anecdotes, Stavanger Kunsthall, 2015; Words aren´t the thing, CAC, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania,2015; Momentum 7, Nordic Biennial for Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway, (2013); In the house of Mr and Mrs X, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, Germany, 2013; Paradox, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, 2013.




Installation shots: Adrian Bugge.   Cinematography: Ceciile Semec