The Things

The Things is a new blog - a place for collecting images of things observed while walking in the city or the landscape. Discarded and displaced items. Surprise encounters.


Mirror wall

This mirror construction appeared suddenly in the atrium of Industribygget in Trondheim, which houses Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, as well as various architecture and media companies. It is very reminiscent of the  permanent wall installation by Lello & Arnell at Norges Handelshøyskolen in Bergen.


Another ghost sign....Scandic

  1. since this absent sign was photographed in late April, all traces of it have vanished, so this might be the only record of its existence...

Scandic Hotel in Trondheim, formerly known as Rica Nidelven


Ghost signs?

An article from the Australian broadcasting company ABC, posted to Facebook by Alec Shepley, referred to "Ghost Sign Hunters" - i.e. photographers who document old, decayed signs on the facades of buildings. This seems to correspond to one of the categories of things I have documented over the years and it prompted me to go into my photo archive and investigate how many of these images I have actually collected. Quite a lot it seems. A more or less random selection below, some more ghostly than others, collected in Venice, Bergen, Stoke on Trent, Greenside, Novi Sad and Sydney, among others. Interesting that the article emanated from Australia, as it was there, both in Sydney and numerous other places, that I photographed a lot of old, decaying signs in 2008, 2009 and 2011. This also reminds me of an excellent book "Amsterdam In Letters: typography and architecture" by Maarten Helle, where he documents the typography on the facades of Amsterdam buildings.





Can not remember where!


Novi Sad

Stoke on Trent


The Atmospherics

Documentation of recent installations in collaboration with Trond Lossius. Links below will connect to video documentation on Vimeo of three installations. The photo gallery has also been updated recently with a new series of images - (sub)urban discoveries, continued....

The Atmospherics part 3: Till it rains I'm gonna stay inside

The Atmospherics part 2: Flags, Flames, Smoke and Bridges

The Atmospherics part 1: The Place Sound Builds In Passing

The Atmospherics part 3: Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, January 2015
The Atmospherics part 2: Visiningsrom USF, Bergen, December 2014

The Atmospherics part 1: Galleri 3,14, Bergen, November 2014.


2015 calendar by Dan Mihaltianu

2015 calendar by Dan Mihaltianu, with photographs of the former STASI archives in East Berlin. In 2015 it is 25 years since the collapse of the DDR.


Spor og Rester / Traces and Remains (part 2)

Visningsrom USF.  6 - 14 December 2014
12.00 - 17.00 daily. Closed Monday.

Révolution Périphérique
Lossius & Welsh: 
The Atmospherics part Two (flags, flames, smoke and bridges)
Jeremy Welsh: 


Révolution Périphérique (2010) consists of two video recordings made on the circular motorway surrounding Paris, one recorded in each direction (clockwise and counter clockwise). The piece continues Bull.Miletic’s exploration of the cinematics of the mobile gaze, a theme they have developed through many collaborative works. They use the term “Cinéma Trouvé” to describe their working process - whereby they use existing systems such as the automobile, subway train, elevator, revolving restaurant, etc, to “animate” the gaze of the camera.  As in the work of many French auteurs and film theorists, they are interested in the dispositif - the apparatus and mode of production that is intrinsic to their aesthetic and to the construction of meaning in their work. The two-screen video is accompanied by a 12” vinyl record whose grooves are concentric loops rather than spirals. Once it starts playing, the record player’s needle is stuck in the same groove, circulating endlessly and at the same time moving toward entropy as dust accumulates and the vinyl is progressively worn away.

The Atmospherics (2014) is an ongoing collaborative project by Trond Lossius and Jeremy Welsh, based on field recordings made with surround sound and HD video. The first iteration of the project was exhibited at 3,14 in Bergen in November, under the title “The Place Sound Builds In Passing”, where the exhibition included live improvisations inside the installation by musicians from the ensemble Bergen Barokk. During summer and autumn 2014, Lossius and Welsh have made recordings in Sogn & Fjordane, Hardanger, Nordhordaland, Bergen Vest and Sotra. Elements of audio and video from these locations are combined within the installation, which does not aim to be a literal depiction of a given place, but rather constitutes an exploration of the abstraction of  a “sense of place” through juxtaposition, distancing and the manipulation of ambience or atmosphere. The project has been supported by Bergen Kommune, Norsk Kulturråd, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond and BEK (Bergen Senter for Elektroniske Kunst)

Tracings (2013) was realised within two parallel research projects at Bergen Academy of Art & Design: Re:place and Topographies of The Obsolete. and was first shown in the exhibition “This Must Be The Place” at Kino Kino, Sandnes, in October 2013. The material was recorded at the site of the former Spode ceramics factory in Stoke on Trent, England. Imagery was collected in various parts of the factory complex. The material that was finally used in “Tracings” was recorded in one of the oldest mould stores at the site - a building containing plaster block moulds which were the “originals” for many of the company’s renowned products. The objects are steeped in history and resonate with accumulated knowledge and memories - but at the same time are dormant or suspended in time. Layers of dust, mould spores growing on the moulds themselves, partly discernible inscriptions on the surfaces of the objects - all of these are traces from which one might construct a narrative around the disappearing history of this site and its former production. 

Tracings and Révolution Périphérique