10/16/14

images, sounds, words

Seminar at Dokkhuset, Trondheim on 15th. October, with presentations by Daniela Cascella, Scott Rettberg and Heli Rekula, and a concert by Langham Research Centre. Seminar presentations and concert all investigated different interrelationships and configurations of the connections between images, sounds and words.


Daniela Cascella
Daniela Cascella read excerpts from her forthcoming book, interspersed with film clips and short sound pieces. She will develop further her inquiries into writing sound in a project she has curated for Lydgalleriet (The Sound Gallery) in Bergen in November.


Scott Rettberg
Scott Rettberg showed a series of projects he has realised in collaboration with film maker Roderick Coover and poet Nick Montford, and he demonstrated a VR project developed recently in a Cave II facility at the University of Chicago. The piece is based on a research project where US military personnel who have been involved in abuse of prisoners in Iraq give their personal testimonies and accounts. The accounts have been edited, scripted and performed by voice actors, to distance them from the interview subjects.


Heli Rekula
Heli Rekula presented her recent exhibition project In Hemingway's Garden, which has been exhibited in Norway, Denmark and Finland, and she read extracts from her newly published book on the same subject.

Video documentation of the lectures and the concert will soon be posted online at the Trondheim Academy of Art website.


Langham Research Centre
Langham Research Centre performed "Muffled Cyphers" an electronic composition with slide projections by Jeremy Welsh.  The piece was initially made for and premiered at the Only Connect Festival of Sound in Oslo, May 2014. The festival was devoted to the influence of JG Ballard's writing, and featured musicians, artists, writers and others who had responded to Ballard's work.  Muffled Cyphers is based on responses to Ballard's 1970 novel The Atrocity Exhibition.

The score for Muffled Cyphers

9/3/14

A walk in Bergen, August 2014

Items observed while walking from Møhlenpris via Nygårdsgaten to the centre of Bergen one day in August 2014. Some art is very intentional, some less so.....





















2/25/14

Derek Jarman Black Paintings at Trondheim Art Museum

Images from the exhibition of Derek Jarman's Black Paintings, currently on show at Trondheim Art Museum. Encrusted with layers of found objects, many symbolic in nature, and bejewelled with seeds and tiny fragments of broken glass, these works are totemic, intimate, powerfully eloquent on themes of suffering and despair, but at the same time a celebration of creativity itself and a kind of running commentary on Jarman's life, work and his critical position with regard to British society and the Establishment. It is a sensitively installed exhibition that allows the viewer time and space to get close to the works.  The Museum continues its run of good exhibitions, in addition to the Derek Jarman display they have an excellent show by Albanian artist Adrian Paci, including an epic HD film "The Column", and another in their series of artist interventions in the collection, this time by Ane Mette Hol. It's unfortunate for the museum and for the contemporary art scene in the city that director Pontus Kyander is about to depart - he has done an excellent job of lifting the institution's profile and invigorating its curatorial programme.












2/12/14

Maleri med Tid / Painting with Time: Atopia, February 2013

Images from the opening of "Maleri med Tid" at Atopia, Oslo, on 6. February. The exhibition opening was combined with a launch of Per Kvist's book of the same title, which discusses contemporary video art in relation to the history of avant garde film. In the exhibition are works by Kjell Bjørgeengen, AK Dolven, HC Gilje and Jeremy Welsh. Below - images of Jeremy Welsh's work "The Go, No Go Detector" (1997) with sound by Robert Worby.








1/30/14

In The Making (2) - 60 Minutes In No Particular Order

Images from the presentation of the video work 60 Minutes In No Particular Order at the exhibition Since 1843:In The Making, Nottingham Trent University, January 9 - February 7, 2014. The video was being shown in two locations - as an ongoing projection in the Bonnington Gallery Foyer, and as part of a weekly screening programme in a viewing theatre. 60 minutes…. was first made in 2002 for a touring exhibition shown at several museums and galleries in western Norway, and subsequently at various film and video festivals and contemporary music events. The work consists of 60 one-minute audio visual compositions with images by Jeremy Welsh and audio by Robert Worby, and is part of an ongoing collaboration between Welsh and Worby that began in 1973. The dvd is controlled by a script that selects a new sequence at random every 60 seconds. This project is discussed and analysed in a new book on video art "Maleri med Tid: om modernism, filmisk avant-garde og videokunst"  (Painting with time: on Modernism, Avant-garde film and video art)  by art historian Per Kvist, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at The University of Agder, Norway. An earlier collaborative work by Welsh and Worby, The Go, No Go Detector (1997), will be showing in an exhibition due to open at Atopia, centre for artists' film and video in Oslo on 6th. February, in connection with a launch of Per Kvist's book.





1/5/14

Since 1843: In the Making

Off to Nottingham this week fir the first time since maybe 1983, to take part in the exhibition "Since 1843: In the Making", a celebration of 170 years of art and design education in the city of Nottingham. Images from the opening will follow….