ARNE NÆSS -TVERGASTEIN
A series of transformative visits to the philosophers cabin
Autumn 2015 - Spring 2016
Director Ludvig Uhlbors
Actors Arturo Tovar, Kjersti Aas Stenby
Visual artists Hanna Sjöstrand, Kjersti Vetterstad
Performance artist Ann Cecilie Lie
Architect, designer of perma cultures Kristin Astrup Aas
Host Geir Grønflaten and Stiftelsen Tvergastein
Background Kjersti Vetterstad
In 2016 Uhlbors invited an interdisciplinary team of artists and other professionals to join him for a couple of visits to the philosopher´s cabin Tvergastein. These visits were a part of Uhlbors MA in theatre at the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, Norway, and they marked the beginning of a series of works on Arne Næss and Deep ecology.
The aim of these visits was to gather a physical understanding of Næss philosophy at the site which had shaped it and to try to understand Næss animistic perspective on nature, more specifically his relationship to Hallingskarvet; a Norwegian mountain claimed by Næss to be his father.
At 1500 meters over sea level, Tvergastein is situated well above tree limit. The cabin is heavily exposed to storms and lacks basic comfort. Næss prefered a working temperature of 13 degrees celsius. Water can be fetched at the lake next to the cabin but everything else, such as firewood and food, has to be carried to the cabin through an ordeous ascend which may well take more than five hours. These demanding walks up the slopes of Hallingskarvet has a transformative effect.
The roof of the cabin has been blown off on several occasions but is now safely secured to the mountain side through a series of robust metal wires.