MINISTRY OF APPEARING & DISAPPEARING LANDS

Founded under the Kingdoms of ELGALAND-VARGALAND

The ministry aims to document appearing and disappearing lands - surfaces in general that somehow either are appearing, disappearing or just existing in a temporary space

Founded in April 2004





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April 2017

The black islands rising from the sea

"While parts of the world are being flooded by rising sea levels, the Kvarken Archipelago, Finland’s only Natural World Heritage Site, is moving the other way." writes BBC

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KIRIBATI - September 2014
 


December 2013
 



July 2013. The Alaskan village set to disappear under water
in a decade. Read the BBC story here
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23346370
 




Appearing lands discovered near Belize

 


 




THE KREV BRIDGE ANTHEM

During an ice cold winter of 2007 in riga
the national anthem (mixed by the minister of appearing and disappearing lands) was remixed together with king of elgaland-vargaland, Leif Elggren

The anthem was played into the main bridge cables and then recorded from within.
The project was presented live during SKAN in riga in 2007


 





MATTER & MEMORY


I visited the Island of The Dead in Venice on the 30st of December 2006 and made recordings of the ambience there. On some of the graves, tiny battery driven music boxes that had been placed only a few days ago. But the batteries were now running flat. This naturally caused them to play a rather disharmonic range of tones and not the melody they were supposed to play. At times they also distorted. The before so positive melody -jingle bells- now sounded rather helpless, almost like a kitsch metaphor for a fading life

These photos are marble portraits from gravestones of dead people, who have been dead for so long, that their very image is now disappearing. Similar to our own fading memory, for our long dead relatives or friends, - our great grand parents who have been dead for several decades, do we remember how their faces really looked like? These disappearing portraits were for me a subtle methaphor for disappearing memory


 

 




MELTING ARCTIC ICE
Photos by Tuva Novotny & Jacob Kirkegaard

 

 


C R Y S T A L A C O U S T I C S


SURFACES OF ICE
- a temporary land and sound

A view on ice and its appearing and disappearing nature. To discover the volatile spaces on and inside ice. Its temporary possibilities, visual formations and spaces of sound

1
Storm. Lake Havravatn, Iceland, January 2004



2
Windy. Steady microbeats
Lake Havravatn, Iceland, January 2004
LISTEN




3.
Lake Krisuvikarvatn, Iceland,
January 2004
LISTEN




4
Quiet weather. Lake in Cologne
Germany. January 2004
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K A R A H N J U K A R

The Icelandic government is constructing a 190m
high, 730m wide massive dam for a new Aluminium
smelter in the north east of Iceland.

Located north of Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest glacier, Karahnjukar is the area that is due to disappear under150m of water by 2006

Dimmugljufur canyon will as well partially be
disappearing lands.
Around 60 rivers and waterfalls will disappear or become dry

LISTEN to wires providing the workers with electricity









 





DEN VANDRENDE MILE

In the north of Denmark a massive land of sand is slowly moving across the country. It moves very slowly, but it moves. It already covered a town....

Den Vandrende Mile
The surface of the 'The Wandering Mile' is ca. 800 x 1000 meters large and the highest spots reach up to 40 meters. The 'mile' is a moving sand dessert. There doesn't exist any of is kind elsewhere in the Northern Europe. It is even possible to get lost there

It slowly moves east across the Northern Danish land where it rolls over everything it comes across. Nobody knows for sure when the Mile started its journey. An estimate is that it started on the Jutlandic west coast in the late 16th century. Then the estimated speed 20 & 30 Km pr. hour

It started from Råbjerg Stene.A disappearing town was Kettrup which slowly covered in sand from the mile. In 1571 the whole town was removed