The exhibition Infinitesimal Gradations opened at Atelier Nord on Thursday 3 March with works by Kaia Hugin, Hasan Daragmeh and Magdaléna Manderlová. During the opening there was a concert by Magdaléna Manderlová and Kristoffer Lislegaard. A planned artist talk with Kaia Hugin was postponed until later in the exhibition period. The exhibition consists of a new film (Motholic Mobble part 11) by Kaia Hugin; Timescape No. 7 (wide eyes) a 3 screen digital video work by Hasan Daragmeh; Straw Bales, a performance and sound work by Magdaléna Manderlová. On Thursday 31 March there will be a new concert and the launch of a release by Magdaléna Manderlová on Breton Cassettes.
|Hasan Daragmeh; Timescape No. 7|
|Kaia Hugin; Motholic Mobble part 11|
|Magdaléna Manderlová & Kristoffer Lislegaard; Straw Bales, concert version.|
The second project in 2022 is the exhibition Infinitesimal Gradations at Atelier Nord, Oslo, curated by Jeremy Welsh and featuring works by Hasan Daragmeh, Kaia Hugin and Magdaléna Manderlová. The exhibition opens on Thursday 3. March in Atelier Nord's gallery at Olaf Rye's Plass in Grünerløkka, Oslo.
During the opening Magdaléna Manderlová will perform her sound & text work "Straw Bales" accompanied by electronic musician Kristoffer Lislegård.
|Magdalena Manderlova performing Straw Bales|
On Saturday 5 March there will be a gallery talk with curator Jeremy Welsh and video/film artist Kaia Hugin, discussing her film series Motholic Mobbles - (2008 - 2022).
|Kaia Hugin, still from Motholic Mobble part 11|
Hasan Daragmeh shows a new digital work Timescape No. 7 (Wide Eyes), displayed over several flat screens.
|Hasan Daragmeh still image from Timescape No. 7|
The first project in 2022 was the live music & film concert Reconstruction V, at Inderøy Kulturhus and Dokkhuset, Trondheim, on 26 and 27 January. The piece was composed by Lene Grenager and performed on double bass by Michael Francis Duch. The projections were based on video recordings and photographs of machinery from textile industries. The composition has three parts - a soundtrack of machine sounds that runs through the whole piece, a score for live double bass and a digital film to be projected behind the performer.
Reconstruction V is scheduled for two more performances. First at Kafé Hærverk in Oslo on March 5th. and at Trondheim Cinematek as part of the 2022 edition of Meta.Morf biennale for art and technology on June 17th.
|Michael Francis Duch performing at Dokkhuset, Trondheim, 27 January|
After a month of inactivity on this blog it is time to reactivate. Maybe because the world seems to be closing in again and Covid is reinventing itself from season to season.
Reading is one of the things that I have used most time on in 2021. I keep finding more books and new authors who are oriented to themes to which I return continually. Things that feed into whatever I am (trying to) work with myself.
|Craig Wells: Emergent Ears|
Emergent Ears is a little book published as part of Craig Wells' Phd submission at the Dept. Art, Design and Music at the University of Bergen. The book was accompanied by a double LP of new music released under the artist name Vonrik Haug (Three other albums are released online through Apple Music). The album and book were launched at the opening of his excellent exhibition at Lydgalleriet, Bergen - an immersive, multi channel installation with sound that combined field recordings and digital synthesis. Craig joins the growing cohort of sound-writers whose work makes an essential contribution to sound studies and the expanding field of sound art. Craig and Lydgalleriet are also publishers of a small series of booklets in the Blue Rinse series, related to a concert programme of the same name. Two of these feature texts by artists I have been collaborating with in 2021, Tijs Ham and Magdalena Manderlova, and others in the series are by Alexander Rishaug, Andrea Parkins, Francisvo Lopez and Craig Wells himself. Well worth checking these out, contact Lydgalleriet to get them!
|Blue Rinse publications: Tijs Ham and Magdalena Manderlova|
|Photographer/filmmaker Moyra Davey and novelist Kate Zambreno address similar themes|
|Julie Mehretu's painting Conjured Parts (tongues) discussed by Teju Cole in Black Paper|
|Detail of Julie Mehretu's work at Documenta 13|
|I will be sitting in this room for most of the winter.|
One last walk along the fjord to watch the sunset before leaving Surnadal and returning to Bergen tomorrow. I have been here for five weeks as curator for Billag Festival 2021 and it has been an exciting but also quite exhausting time. There is a full overview of the whole festival programme from April to October on the Surnadal Billag website: https://www.surnadalbillag.com/billag-festival-2021
The Atmospherics 11 (remake / remodel) is currently showing in Høstutstilling (The Autumn Exhibition) at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo. This version of The Atmospherics is for single screen and stereo sound, in contrast to the many multi channel versions that have been exhibited since 2014. The piece was initially made for online presentation through BEK, Bergen center for electronic arts, and this presentation in Oslo is the first offline exhibition. The film is composed of elements used in earlier iterations of the project, and is closest to the version shown at Entrée, Bergen, in 2018. Images and editing by Jeremy Welsh, sound by Trond Lossius.