I am mountain, to measure impermanence is a film in a single take that depicts measurements on Kebnekaise mountain in a real-time, human perspective. The camera is placed on the North Summit looking towards the melting glacial South Summit, where geologist Gunhild Rosqvist and her assistant are carrying out the 2015 measurements. We follow from a distance the scientists’ work, where they are collecting samples and making measurements. The visible changes we see in nature are the large cloud banks which like ongoing metamorphoses pass round the summit during the almost six-hour take.
Measurements have been made since 1902 on the South Summit of Kebnekaise, the highest point in Sweden. Research over 113 years has provided geologists with information that shows a clear tendency. The mountain is shrinking. The North Summit of Kebnekaise consists of stone, and if the pattern indicated by measurements continues, it will probably soon be the higher of the two summits.
At the same time as documentation of the 2015 measurements of the South Summit of is ongoing, Ljungh examines the awaiting North Summit. She makes casts of the highest situated stones on the North Summit, photographs the shadows and surfaces of the stones. She photographs the glacier and the microorganisms of life which it holds; algae which are encapsulated as green and red film in the ice – a kind of year rings from which measurable footprints from history are preserved.
Here, Ljungh approaches the elements that are central to her exploration through art.
She repeatedly works with sculptures, which in design and appearance resemble drill cores – a sort of sampling of the body of thought around which she revolves. Her sculptures resemble time capsules, embodiments of time that has passed.