Material Memory: The Post Industrial Landscape as Site for Creative Practice.

Here are a few images from the Material Memory conference, held at Newcastle University on Friday 14 November. The conference programme covered a range of different ways in which the post-industrial environment can be a site for artistic research, intervention and reinterpretation. Speakers represented a broad range of disciplines including contemporary art, geography, architecture and landscape architecture, art history and music. A publication and online documentation will be produced in coming months.

Jane and Louise Wilson - keynote speech

Jane and Louise Wilson - The Toxic Camera

Anne Helen Mydland - Topographies of The Obsolete

Rowland Byass - on in-between spaces and weeds in Berlin

And the city itself.... several bridges over the Tyne

Matters for reflection.....


The Place Sound Builds In Passing

Installation with Trond Lossius at Stiftelsen 3,14 in Bergen, 4 - 9 November 2014.  16 channels of sound and 3 HD video projections. The material presented comes from our ongoing project "The Atmospherics; River Deep, Mountain High" and features sound and video recorded in Sogn & Fjordane and Hardanger, during summer and autumn 2014.

The next iteration of the project will be an installation at Visningsrom USF in Bergen from 5 - 14 December.


Vegard Vindenes - art for Norges Handelshøyskole, Berge

On 23 October the final instalment of commissioned artwork for NHH (The Norwegian School of Economics), for which I have been a consultant, was installed. Bergen-based painter Vegard Vindenes installed two works in corridor areas, adding to projects realised earlier by Lello & Arnell, Anders Sletvoll Moe and Kurt Johannessen.

Vegard's highly coloured, geometric paintings add focal points to areas that are otherwise simply places to pass by on the way to somewhere else. Building on earlier figurative works, that were often paintings of three dimensional models for fictitious architecture, Vegard Vindenes has developed a visual language that combines an intense use of colour with an intricate and precise use of construction in works that are assembled from multiple individual painted surfaces.

Vegard Vindenes together with architect Anne Russel Bothun

Work installed in a corridor linking the old and new buildings

The piece is assembled from many individual parts

A series of six pieces for a corridor in the new building


Upcoming events, November - December 2014.

November and December this year promise to be rather hectic, with several different presentations scheduled.

From 4 - 9 November at Galleri 3,14, Bergen, Trond Lossius and I will be presenting an installation as work-in-progress, from our current ongoing project The Atmospherics (River Deep, Mountain High). The exhibition is entitled "The Place Sound Builds in Passing". On 14th. November I will be making a presentation entitled "Fumbling in The Debris" for the conference Material Memory at the University of Newcastle. On 25th. November at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival I will be joining Langham Research Centre for a performance of our recent collaborative work Muffled Cyphers, recently performed at Dokkhuset in Trondheim. Finally, from December 5th - 14th. I am staging an exhibition entitled "Spor og Rester" (Traces and Remains) at Visningsrom USF in Bergen. The show will include an installation "Peripherique" by Bull. Miletic, a new version of my 2013 video work "Tracings", based on recordings made in the former Spode ceramics factory in Stoke on Trent, and a second iteration of the collaborative installation with Trond Lossius from the ongoing project The Atmospherics, which continues through 2015.

Hardanger Fjord, Lofthus, September 2014

Odda, Hardanger, September 2014

Rong, Sotra, Hordaland, October 2014

Derelict wave power facility, Toft, Sotra, Hordaland, October 2014

Tyssedal, Hardanger, September 2014


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


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.....


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.