A Facebook post I received recently from a former student featured the photo below, which she had taken at the offices of Trondheim City Council. A digital photo print series I made in the late nineties, probably 1998 I think. The work was entitled "Stupid Sky; Blonde; Bird" and was bought by the Trondheim department of culture. I never documented it when it was exhibited, so this photo is the only evidence I have of the work! The sky was a sunset over Byåsen, Trondheim. The blonde woman in the middle was a tv newsreader. And the bird sitting on the computer screen was a dove belonging to a student, Ebba Moi, who asked me to take care of it while she was visiting her family in Sweden. Thanks to Anne-Marie Waag for the photo!
Terranova is a new video work currently showing at Kunstgarasjen, Bergen. The material for the video was shot during a residency at Liminaria 2017, at Terranova Arte e Natura, Arpaise, southern Italy, in September 2017. Terranova is one of two works made as a result of the residency. The first, in collaboration with Trond Lossius, was a performance/projection with 4 channel surround sound, presented at the conclusion of the Liminaria project. The material from this performance will be re-edited to make a two-screen projection installation with multi-channel sound.
The first phase of the project The Impossible Room (or The Impossible Space) took place as a short performance at Trondheim Cinematek on 6th. October. The performance featured Michael Francis Duch (double bass) Tone Åse (voice and electronics) Arild Vange (texts and reading) and Jeremy Welsh (video projection). The next phase of the project will be a presentation by Duch and Welsh at the conference Sounding Out The Space in Dublin between 2 - 4 November. After that it is planned to arrange a series of site-specific workshops over the coming year to test out ideas and methods that can form the basis of an application for an artistic research project. Current plans include a workshop and performance to take place in spring 2018 at Surnadal Billag, a new centre for projects and residencies in Surnadal, Møre & Romsdal.
Performance at Trondheim Cinematek, 6 October 2017
"The Impossible Space" is an opera project in its early stage of development, and is a transdisciplinary collaborative project between various parts of the Music Conservatory and the Department of Fine Art, NTNU. Musicians Tone Åse and Michael Francis Duch, music technologist Sigurd Saue, visual artist Jeremy Welsh and writer Arild Vange will investigate spaces and spatiality, and the possibilities of altering an audience's perceptions and experiences of the space they are in. On Friday October 6th. 14.00 at Trondheim Cinematek there will be a short performance and presentation, as a launch of the project and an initial testing out of some of the ideas and methods to be investigated. The event is free. The event will also include a presentation of the collaborative project "Hører du ikke hva jeg danser, eller?" by Oslo-based composer Ivar Grydeland and dancer Siri Jøntvedt.
Trond Lossius and myself are currently on a residency in Terranova, Arpaisa, southern Italy, as part of Liminaria, an international sound art project curated by Leandro Pisano and beatrice Ferrara. This residency is hosted by TANA (Terranova Arte Natura) an art and ecology project initiated by Tiziana de Tora and Marco Papa. Our participation is the result of a collaboration agreement between Bergen Center for Electronic Art (BEK) and Limiaria. It is planned to follow this up with a visit to Norway in 2018 or 2019 by Italian participants in the project. We have been making field recordings in sound and video around the district in the natural landscape and in neighbouring villages. The residency concludes with a screening event on Saturday 9 September. http://www.liminaria.org/en/