The Fact of the Matter

Added on by Mark Roberts.

'The Fact of the Matter' was a live, four-hour sound performance in the abandoned Lokstall (train depot) of a closed iron-ore mine in Kirkenes, Norway. The sounds used in the performance were sourced from field recordings around the mine and depot. Narration is provided by an ex-worker reading extracts from a 1950s promotional book. The texts boast of the machinery, techniques, and large export product of the mine, which today sits abandoned and desolate. The community of Kirkenes still feels the effects of the closure of the mine.