Toril Johannessen






Downward, Yet Not Southward








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Downward, Yet Not Southward
Installation in the forest at Viul, Hønefoss, Norway, at Langt inni skauen erre bare mere skau, July 2009.
Hole in the ground, electromagnet with soil and crystal battery, carving on trees.


An electromagnet in a hole confuses any magnetic compass coming close to it. The hole, reaching the basement rock, is dug out and the electromagnet is placed inside. The electricity for the magnet is created in the soil: It is conducted via copper cables connected to a battery made of copper coils on zinc and copper cylinders, and is fed by the acidity of an alum crystal and the ground itself, which is rich in alum slate.