Reclaiming Vision – a dive into the world of marine micro-organisms

The cinematic work by Marjolijn Dijkman and Toril Johannessen stars aquatic micro-organisms that are invisible to the human eye. Captured through a light microscope and projected onto a big screen, the life of the micro-organisms from the brackish waters of the inner Oslofjord and cultivated algae becomes a colourful drama.

For some time now, technical instruments have allowed us to see these tiny organisms that are vital to the ecosystems of our planet, but people often overlook the processes on the microscopic level. By changing the scale, Reclaiming Visiontakes the viewer to an underwater world, reminding us of the significance of healthy micro-organisms to the well-being of our water systems and the people who depend on them. The work is shown in Suomenlinna as an immersive wide-screen version curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi.

Production: HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, with funding from Kone Foundation.

Screening times:
11:00 ; 11:30 ; 12:00 ; 12:30 ; 13:00 ; 13:30 ; 14:00 ; 14:30 ; 15:00 ; 15:30 ; 16:00 ; 16:30 ;  17:00 ; 17:30 ; 18:00 ; 18:30

Read in more detail on the exhibition here:

How to arrive to see the exhibition:
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Building nr. 21 on the Suomenlinna map:

Accessibility: Accessing Suomenlinna by wheelchair is possible but we recommend to be accompanied by a person assisting. Levyhalli floor is uneven and may also require assistance. We are happy to help you plan your visit. Please contact HIAP for additional information, and read more on accessible route for visitors on Suomenlinna here:

The work was commissioned by Munchmuseet on the Move 2018, The Munch Museum (Oslo).

Directed by: Marjolijn Dijkman and Toril Johannessen
Music by: Henry Vega
Edited by: Dieter Diependaele
Cinematography by: Aleksander Andreassen
Microscopy by: Aleksander Andreassen, Marjolijn Dijkman, Bente Edvardsen, Toril Johannessen, Luka Supraha
Scripts and scenography by: Marjolijn Dijkman and Toril Johannessen
Scientific consultants: Bente Edvardsen, Jan Heuschele, Jack Christopher Leo, Luka Supraha
Filming location: Microscopy lab, Section for Aquatic Biology and Toxicology, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway
Sampling locations: Akerselva, Bispevika, Sørenga and inner Oslofjord, Norway
Algae collection: NORCCA – Norwegian Culture Collection of Algae – Oslo, Norway
Additional features elements: Cleaning agents, microneedle, micropipette, microplastics, microscope, oil, pigments
Electronics: Henry Vega
Cello: Jan Willem Troost
Vocals: Els Mondelaers
Lyrics: Marjolijn Dijkman and Toril Johannessen
Mastering: Peter Solden, Dada Studios – Brussels, Belgium
Post production music: Sonhouse – Brussels, Belgium
Music production supported by: ARTEk Foundation – The Hague, The Netherlands
Assistant editing: Léo Ghysels
Post production: The – Brussels, Belgium

Micro-organisms featured (in alphabetical order): Acartia sp., Alexandrium ostenfeldii, Alexandrium tamarense, Ceratium furca, Ceratium tripos, Chaetoceros decipiens, Cirripedia larva, Coscinodiscus sp., Crustaceans, Dictyocha speculum, Dinophysis norvegica, Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3), Euglena sp., Eutreptiella braarudii, Green algae, Insect larva, Melosira sp., Nematodes, Nitzschia sp., Oithona sp., Proboscia alata, Protoceratium sp., Protoperidinium sp.,Prymnesium parvum, Pseudocalanus sp., Rhizosolenia hebetata, Rhodomonas salina, Rotifera, Scenedesmus sp., Skeletonema costatum, Temora sp., Thalassionema nitzschioides, Tigriopus sp.

Levyhalli, Suomenlinna


Levyhalli, Suomenlinna

Tuesday–Sunday at 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Fri 16.8. – Sun 29.9.