Reclaiming Vision
Marjolijn Dijkman, Toril Johannessen, 2018

In their film, Marjolijn Dijkman and Toril Johannessen show various brackish water organisms and processes that are hidden from the human eye. Through the lens of a light microscope, a colourful spectacle of microorganisms collected from a fjord near Oslo are presented, as well as a variety of algae cultivated at the University of Oslo.

Reclaiming Vision highlights human efforts to understand the world based on detached contemplation of observable phenomena, yet little has changed despite scientific developments such as the microscope allowing us to study near-invisible species up close. Reclaiming Vision reveals life on the smallest scale, in an underwater journey that reminds us of the significance of these microorganisms that are vital to the water systems, and on which human life depends.