The Lost Thing

Throughout the cellar there is matte, black materiality. A dark bladder has attached itself to the intricate system of pipes that are entwined on both sides of a wall. It is almost as if some intestinal sludge has got stuck here.

These forms are well-known from Tyrmi’s art, not least from a form of breathing apparatus: Pulmomeus 206.3. The breathing of a terrified person was recreated through an irregular rhythm. Layer upon layer of memory is stored by the body, like faint aromas.

The Lost Thing is included in a permanent public art project at the new Radium Hospital in Oslo in 2024.

The lost thing
Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg (Norway)

Photos: Øystein Thorvaldsen