”What flag would you want to represent you?” This question is posed by the Swedish artist group S-U-B who is inviting you to design your own Norwegian flag. S-U-B will be positioned at their sewing station at Østre Skostredet 5, to turn their suggestion into reality during the first week of the exhibition (April 11th,12th,13th,15th and 16th). By transforming the proposed flag drawings into “real flags”, S-U-B wants to give each proposal the dignity it deserves and create a representation of the people of Bergen that goes beyond nationality. Each flag will be the result of a collaboration, as S-U-B will be interpreting and modifying the drawing in order to translate it into textile.“My Flag” remains as an interactive workspace throughout the exhibition period were the visitors can sit down and make a drawing of their flag. Requests for flag proposals will be especially distributed to centres for youth, seniors and immigrants. The finished flags will be flown on a line over the street at Skostredet. As the project continues to travel trough the Nordic countries, new flags will be added.
Benjamin Slotterøy has been collecting socks from the inhabitants of Lofoten to create an artwork that the community has contributed to, and therefore also is a part of. Knitted socks are something most people in Scandinavia can relate to, especially in Norway with its tradition and history of fishing. Knitted socks have been a part of every fisherman’s outfit, often made by the wives or female relatives of the fishermen. Benjamin is now urging the inhabitants of Bergen to submit their leftover socks to S12. Visitors can contribute to the design of the “sock-sculpture” by sowing their socks on to it. Together we hope to create a giant souvenir - a memory from all the people who contributed to the project.