Introduction

The Hour of the Wolf is the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear, when ghosts and demons are most powerful. The Hour of the Wolf is also the hour when most children are born. – Ingmar Bergman

I am still awake. Night after night, I lay awake. Waiting for sleep to come to those around me. Listening to the uneven breathing that flows into a rhythm. For a split second it is as though something leaves their body. Something heavy, but at the same time light. It slides over into my body and spreads across the whole room. Up to the ceiling and into all the dark corners. Anaesthetising. I feel myself growing drowsy and warm. Fighting to stay awake. They slip into a world in which I can never participate. They are alone now. Sleep is like a little death.

The physical world and time cease to exist. A night can feel like an eternity or be over in a second. Sleep is a daily turning point, an ending and a new beginning. A time of waiting between two events that are a whole life in themselves.

Presented at Slideluck Oslo.

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Multimedia Tips

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

I sent the images and music to the curator Laara Maatsen in Oslo, and she put together the multimedia.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

The music is a small selected piece from Joel Brindefalk´s never-ending Morphony.com.

Morphony is an online, audio automaton, a never-ending evolving piece of sonic art and a generative sound installation.

For me personally, this music feels like the sounds I carry within. And at night, in the dark and in our dreams, our inner sounds become so much clearer.

b. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

Usually the timing of the sound and the images is very important when I do a multimedia. But in “At Night Everyone is Alone” I wanted to mirror the uncontrollable development of the music with in the process of editing. The sound and the images are two independent pieces, randomly blend together to this morph. The same way our subconscious uncontrollable blend and combines time, space and characters into the world we experience in our dreams.

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