This recording is from a 370-meter underground tunnel for pedestrians and bikers that connects the underground car park at Sartor Shopping Centre to a property development project at the seafront by the Straumssundet strait. Hardly any sound penetrates from outside, but four minutes into the recording a helicopter pass. A person passes by (from 10 min. onwards), and later on (from 14 min.) another pedestrian and a biker pass in opposite directions.
Odine Park discusses how the suburb is imagined and explores the ways the suburban imaginary figures in popular culture and fine arts. “Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles” by Ed Ruscha as well as more recent works by Travis Shaffer, Michael Light and Edward Burtynsky are examples of works that explore the banal suburban landscape. A detached gaze foregrounds the repetition, scale and monotony of large-scale structures.
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2 Nilsen, Karsten Sølve. “En før og nå-vandring langs det gamle bekkefaret fra fjorden til marka.” Hovinbekken (blog), October 9, 2013. https://hovinbekken.org/vandring/.
3 Oslo kommune. “Kvalitetsprogram for Ensjø. En felles satsning fra kommunen og utbyggerne.” Oslo, NO: Oslo kommune, 2010. https://www.oslo.kommune.no/slik-bygger-vi-oslo/ensjobyen/#toc-7.
4 Keil, Roger. Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In. Urban Futures. Medford, MA: Polity, 2018, p. 6