See and feel the meeting between nature and consumer society in a new perspective with Watchtower by Johannes Bellinkx – unique, interactive installations along Fredrikstads (Norway) coastal path!

Watchtower is a unique “landscape theater” where the audience themselves are performers. The work will consist of several different installations placed along the coastal path that forms the border between Frevar (the municipality’s landfill and processing plant for energy recycling) and Øra Nature Reserve.

Johannes Bellinkx is fascinated by the area, which represents an existential challenge in our time: How do we deal with the ever-increasing amounts of waste from consumer society – and, at the same time, preserve nature?


The title Watchtower is partly inspired by the lookout towers in the area. It can also be read as an invitation to keep an eye on what is happening to the nature around us.

At each stop along the trail, there is an installation where visitors may assume a specific position to gain a unique perspective on their surroundings, curated through the body’s position and a dynamic soundscape.

Concept and artistic realisation - Johannes Bellinkx

Sound artist - Sjoerd Leijten

Technical realisation - Bjørn Gunnar Otten,Thijs Wieman, Øyvind Andresen, Knut Ole Ringstad, Tars Potters, Han Ruiz Buhrs, Karel Bellinkx, Wybe de Haan

Sound technique - Sjoerd Leijten

Curator-Producer - James Moore

Technical director - Bjørn Gunnar Otten

Production coordinator - Fredrik Borgund

Production assistant - Daniel Halvonik

PR - Ida Willassen

Marketing - Hilde Marthinsen

PR §112 Fredrikstad - Rita A. Brudalen, Fredrikstad kommune

Academic advice - Marius Grønning

Poster photo - Johannes Bellinkx

Video - Harald Fossen

Commissioned and produced by Østfold Internasjonale Teater

Co-production - SoAP Maastricht

Partners - FREVAR KF, Øra Båtforening, Brødrene Ødegård

Special thanks to: Cristell Solberg and Tove Tesdal, Bjørn Frostad / Øra Økopark, BirdLife Østfold, Fredrik Ellefsen / Gudeberg lokalsamfunnsutvalg, Fredrikstad kommune.

Watchtower is supported by IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space, in the frame of the project (UN)COMMON SPACES, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Co-funding: C-Takt and Viken/Østfold County

Touring Schedule
May 23 - September 26 // Interactive installations along the trail at
Øra/Frevar, Fredrikstad (Norway)
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