Weed Archive

The weed archive is a collaboration between artists Espen Sommer Eide and Kristin Tårnesvik initiated in 2012. It is an ongoing project that delves into the archive of world famous (in certain minor circles) weed biologist/pionéer Emil Korsmo (1863-1953). The archive itself is located at the research institution Plantforsk at Ås, Norway. A weed is a plant in the wrong place, the wrong time and in the wrong culture. The weed archive will develop several performances and exhibitions based on the material found.

The weeds are spreading to the continent. The Korsmo weeds archive is now open at Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen, Denmark. Open until 21. June. 







So doing work in Oslo has its advantages when it comes to reviews (Norway is a country where all critics live in Oslo and don't like to move much, he noted in a bitter tone). Here are some recent reviews of Korsmos Ugressarkiv and Broen over Gjørme that has been published the last few weeks:

scenekunst.no
kunstkritikk.no
dagsavisen
klassekampen (ugress)
klassekampen (vt)

radio review NRK (vt)
radio review NRK (ugress)


Now available for online listening, the Weed projects radioplay "a Trial of Weeds". Follow this link
more info:
The Transmitter Show – Words At a Distance is a book and a series of radio plays created for Performa 13, in collaboration with Hordaland Art Centre.

The Transmitter Show—Words At a Distance a project for Performa 13 in collaboration with Hordaland Art Centre (Bergen, Norway), consists of a book of scripts for radio plays commissioned from artists and writers, and the transmission of these plays on the radio. The book, edited by Anne Szefer Karlsen and Aaron Schuster, includes contributions by Alex Bailey, Pierre Bismuth and Dessislava Dimova, Espen Sommer Eide and Kristin Tårnesvik, Ingrid Furre, Kim Hiorthøy and Lisa Östberg, Jugedamos (Jurgis Paškevičius, Géraldine Geffriaud, David Bernstein), Krõõt Juurak, Tija Suttikul, M. A. Vizsolyi, and Bedwyr Williams.

Listen to The Transmitter Show—Words At a Distance in the same order as the contributions appear in the book by using the playir on the right. These radio plays were produced and recorded by Samuel Mindlin and Andrew Chugg for Gilded Audio.

The book can be bought through Hordaland Art Centre Bookshop, and the contributions are:

Third Touch – Tija Suttikul (Doctor - Miranda Wilson, Mr. W - Jonathan Huggins, Mrs. W - Diana Stahl)

A Life of Yeats, the Usher – Kim Hiorhøy & Lisa Östberg (Narrator - Casey Jones)

I M Oh About Things – Ingrid Furre (I - Christina Roussos, M - John Bollinger, OH - Sticks Benedict) 

The Match of the Last Centruy – Pierre Bismuth & Dessisalava Dimova

Cats Playing Patty-Cake, What They Were Saying... – Krõõt Juurak (Cats - JC and Kevin)

The Man Who Could Whistle Like a Bird – Alex Bailey (Bird - Michael Bailey)

The Case of Jane: A Verse Play in 16 Visits – M. A. Vizolyi (Jane - Briana Pozner,  Therapist - Jesse Marchese)

A Trial of Weeds – Kristin Tårnesvik & Espen Sommer Eide (Judge - Lew Gardner, Defense - Andrew Hendrick, Prosecution - Robin Wachsberger)

Restorun, a Soup Opera – Jugedamos (Jurgis Paškevičius, Géraldine Geffriaud, David Bernstein) (Peter Paper - Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria, Lazy Suzy - Christine Zenyi Lu, Sexy Lucy - Yana Dimitrova, Don - Mark Geffriaud, Jared Longfellow - Joi Bittle, Wait-Or - Geraldine Geffriaud)

Dear Both – Bedwyr Williams (Narrator - David Marcus)

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The launch of this project was hosted by Cabinet in New York Friday 15 November 7-9 PM featuring a performance by Espen Sommer Eide and Kristin Tårnesvik titled 'Weed Archive (LIVE)', part of an ongoing project that draws on the archive of the pioneering Norwegian weed biologist Emil Korsmo (1863–1953).

Swedish 60 cocktails were served.

This event is presented by Cabinet with generous support from the Office for Contemporary Art Norway, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York, and Performa.


An exhibition by Kristin Tårnesvik and Espen Sommer Eide.
Entrée January 25th- March 2nd, 2014
The project ascends from biologist Emil Korsmo’s (1863-1953) profoundly detailed and methodically preserved compilation of own material from a lifelong research into combating weeds. In 2012 the artists found crates filled with well-preserved posters, books, letters, documents, roots, printing plates, seeds and a neatly protected herbarium. They got the privilege to work on site in the archive, where they began an exploration of historical materials as well as a systematization of their own artistic process and collaboration, all in the spirit of Emil Korsmo.



The ongoing project Korsmos ugressarkiv with Kristin Tårnesvik & Espen Sommer Eide will have its first exhibition at Entree


Opening at 20:00 on the 24. January - 

open thursday-sunday until 2. March. 


The project ascends from biologist Emil Korsmo’s (1863-1953) profoundly detailed and methodically preserved compilation of own material from a lifelong research into combating weeds. In 2012 the artists found crates filled with well-preserved posters, books, letters, documents, roots, printing plates, seeds and a neatly protected herbarium. They got the privilege to work on site in the archive, where they began an exploration of historical materials as well as a systematization of their own artistic process and collaboration, all in the spirit of Emil Korsmo. 

Emil Korsmo was a skilled communicator whose knowledge of weeds was spread as never before in Norway and internationally. This was a time, after World War 1, concerned by food shortages and low production. Natural diversity in the fields was a key reason for reduced harvests and Korsmo’s research became central in a battle towards more profitable and efficient agriculture. The byproduct is an assembly of unique material that has been waiting to be rediscovered and activated.

Both artists have previously been devoted to collecting material in similar ways to that of Korsmo, be it endangered languages (Sommer Eide) or historical vintage documents (Tårnesvik). It’s been a pleasure to follow this process along side, through their constant blogging (formativedager.tumblr.com) of discoveries and respectful tryouts interfering with the archive. With an experimental and poetic approach Tårnesvik & Sommer Eide are searching for new expressions in their first major collaborative project, resulting so far in four different constellations. Last year at Rad # 5, Bergen; Performance Now 4, Bergen; Cabinet, New York and most recently in a radio-play entitled A Trial of Weeds, as part of Performa 13, in collaboration with Hordaland Art Center. The latter is part of the publication Words at a Distanceand will be launched at Hordaland Art Center on February 11. The project Korsmos ugressarkiv/The Korsmo Weed Archive is part of Arts Council Norway’s larger seven-project canopy; What’s With The Archive?

Following the exhibition is a catalogue including essays from Line Ulekleiv and Espen Søbye.



Live printing and paper speakers. Photos by Dan Mihaltianu for Performance Art Bergen.


Some upcoming dates:

7. November - Bastien & Eides Electric Folkways, Seconde nature, Aix en Provence
15. November - Weed Archive, Performa Festival, New York
23. November - Performance Art Bergen, C. Sundts gate 55


Performed live at Rad#5 - Bergen 6. June 2013
Kristin Tårnesvik, constructor
Espen Sommer Eide, hurdy-gurdy, drum machine and khaen
Mari Kvien Brunvoll, bagpipe and khaen.

Systematismens 1. Borg is made of historical printing plates used in weed biologist Emil Korsmo (1864-2129) textbooks. Systematism pioneer Korsmo created a new economy in agriculture by classifying and measuring the value of useful and useless plants.


http://formativedager.tumblr.com/

An evergrowing sketchbook and logbook and webarchive of items lost and found in the Korsmo Weed Archive at Ås, Norway, can now be visited at http://formativedager.tumblr.com 

This is part of the Weed Archive collaboration between Espen Sommer Eide and Kristin Tårnesvik.