Carl Johan Erikson


Tank Diving, 2003

Tank Diving consists of three different video documentations from dives Erikson conducted in water filled baptism tanks in the Swedish countryside. He was baptized when he was 13 years old. Now through the diving process he return down in both physical and mental memories. A process that he call mental archeology. As preparation before diving Erikson studied marine archeology at Södertörn University and he investigated also technology and aesthetics associated with marine archaeological underwater documentation at the Swedish Maritime Archaeological Archives (SMA).

The diving was conducted alone and in cold water in small chapel. It can be viewed as a bodily performative act, where the physical connects with mental images to reveal memories and the existential condition.