02March2010 hjulogi

Two bicycle wheels mounted upright arrived in the post today from Verdensteatret. My task: To make them play like instruments. 


11March2010 Electric Shadows

Below is a newsletter from Verdensteatret. It concerns our solo exhibition at Guangdong Museum of Art, China.
Telling Orchestras and Funeral Machines. I spent most of January making sounds for these wonderful machines.

Guangdong Museum of Art 19 March – 18 April 2010

Verdensteatret presents two large-scale installations:

The Telling Orchestra, and the new work Electric Shadows.

Verdensteatret represented Norway in the summer of 2008 at the international new media art exhibition Synthetic Times: Media Art China 2008, organized by the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. Their installation was among the most acclaimed and memorable works of the exhibition and attracted considerable media and public attention.

This up-coming exhibition at Guangdong Art Museum will occupy 800 square meters and be a huge event reaching out to a wide audience in the southernmost city of China.

Verdensteatret is an art group based in Oslo. The group consist of artists from many different artistic professions making installations, performance art, concerts and other art related works. Characteristic for their work is that they are building exquisite links between seemingly incompatible technologies and materials.

Verdensteatret currently ranks amongst the most innovative art groups in Norway. Their characteristic combination of advanced technology in a close dialogue with more traditional tools, results in complex works and space-related compositions. Their works are presented internationally in different art contexts and locations.

Electric Shadows. This new work features a landscape of highly original sculptures, pre-cinematic animation, puppetry, music, lights and shadow play. All objects produce art and are also a part in it. The idea of simultaneous perspectives and multiple functions tied to each object creates a work of works. A delightful amount of possible connections across media and layers. Some obvious, planned and controlled. Others seen by the single spectator only, weaving her story, from available threads. It is a gratifying experience to lend this work time. Up close, movable miniatures perform in a theaterlike setting, except everything is exposed. One sees function and the craft gone into making it. From a distance the veil of illusion is drawn and the work takes on a poetic character, following the logic of dreams.

The Telling Orchestra. An electro-mechanical construction of weather-beaten planks that function as an audio-visual ”animation-machine” where images, sculptors, sound, video is deeply integrated into each other to form an audio-visual composition. It’s like a polyphonic instrument, or a moving sculpture with the ability to transform the whole room within a second. By use of different motors and robotics the ”primitive” wooden construction has become automatic and is programmed and run by computers. The background for The Telling Orchestra is a journey the group made on Greenland in 2003.

Artists: 
Asle Nilsen, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Håkon Lindbäck, Piotr Pajchel, Christian Blom, Kristine Roald Sandøy, Rune Madsen, Espen Sommer Eide, Janne Kruse, Jannicke Lie, H.C Gilje.

“Established notions of form or style are more or less useless for these peculiarly captivating works of art.”
Useful links:

Guangdong Museum of Art:
http://www.gdmoa.org

Verdensteatret:
www.verdensteatret.com

Browse and dl. high res. images from the two shows:
http://www.verdensteatret.com/vt_test_two/download/VT_pictures.html

Contact:
Elisabeth Gmeiner +47 96 83 05 12
Mail: elizabeth.gmeiner@gmail.com 
Lisbeth J. Bodd +47 97 04 15 91
Mail: lisbethb@powertech.no

The exhibition is supported by: OCA, Arts Council Norway, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway and the Consul General of Norway, Guangzhou.


Electric shadows


19June2010 And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing

The germany premiere of the verdensteatret show I have been working on for the last couple of months coming up... below is more information about the performance and the theater festival. In the autumn follows Oslo, Bergen and then the Shanghai art biennal.


VERDENSTEATRET
PRESENTS

And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing

THEATER DER WELT 2010

ESSEN, GERMANY

www.theaterderwelt.de

08 July 8:00 PM German premiere
09 July 8:00 PM with public talk
11 July 4:00 PM

PACT Zollverein

60 minutes

TICKETS
18 Euro / concessions 9 Euro

 
And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing
is a composition in the form of a hybrid between performance, concert and installation. A transparent though complex work with an overwhelming richness of details. It might be described as an art-machine played by musicians, performers and robots.

By treating the whole room and everything in it as the material, the group has created a vast intermedia composition where visual art, sound art and music are combined with the theatrical potential in the material.

Physically the work appears as a landscape of highly original kinetic sculptures that activate a diversity of animation techniques, micro puppetry, music, lights and shadow play. All objects produce art and are also a part in it. The idea of simultaneous perspectives and multiple functions tied to each object creates a work of works. ”..We enter a state of excited surprise that all we wonder about starts to sing instead of giving answers.”

Festival Theater der Welt
The festival has taken place every three years since 1981. Theater der Welt has since then developed into one of the most important international festivals for the performing arts in Germany.

From 30 June to 17 July almost 400 artists from all over the globe have been invited by the Theater an der Ruhr, Schauspiel Essen and the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 to Mülheim an der Ruhr and Essen.

During Theater der Welt 2010 they present their personal visions of our world and take us on a journey around the globe that provides new sensations, surprising encounters and unexpected events.

Verdensteatret
Verdensteatret is an art group based in Oslo. The group consists of artists from many different artistic professions making installations, performance art, concerts and other art related works. Characteristic for their work is that they are building exquisite links between seemingly incompatible technologies and materials. Verdensteatret currently ranks amongst the most innovative art groups in Norway. Their characteristic combination of advanced technology in a close dialogue with more traditional tools, results in complex works and space-related compositions. Their works are presented internationally in different art contexts and locations. 

Artists: Asle Nilsen, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Håkon Lindbäck, Piotr Pajchel, Christian Blom, Kristine Roald Sandøy, Hai Nguyen Dinh, Ali Djabbary, Øyvind B. Lyse, Gjertrud Jynge, Espen Sommer Eide, Thorolf Thuestad, Erik Blekesaune, Hans Skogen, Janne Kruse, Jannicke Lie, Elisabeth Gmeiner.

For more information, photos: www.verdensteatret.com

The project is a co-production between Verdensteatret and Theater der Welt, Black Box Teater, BIT Teatergarasjen, and Festival Avant Art

The project is supported by Arts Council Norway and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Verdensteatret is supported by: Arts Council Norway.


17October2010 Verdensteatret to participate in 'The 8th shanghai Biennale 2010'

Exhibition Dates: 24 October 2010–28 February 2011
Opening Reception: 23 October
www.shanghaibiennale.org

Verdensteateret has been invited to participate in 'The 8th Shanghai Biennale 2010', Shanghai, Peoples' Republic of China, curated by Gao Shiming, with Fan Di'An, Li Lei and Hua Yi. The biennial presents the concept of 'rehearsal' — a discourse on the art exhibition as a phenomenon: 'The exhibition not only reformulates — represents — everyday life, but also provides a vessel for its own representative polity. In the meantime, the exhibition is also the autonomous region of art, within which artists are also legislators'. Within the biennial, Verdensteatret participates with the work And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing, a hybrid work consisting of a performance, a concert and installation with a multitude of kinetic sculptures-machines, sound, animation, puppetry, music, lights and shadowplay.

And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing will be performed by Asle Nilsen, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Håkon Lindbäck, Piotr Pajchel, Christian Blom, Kristine Roald Sandøy, Hai Nguyen Dinh, Ali Djabbary, Øyvind B. Lyse, Gjertrud Jynge, Espen Sommer Eide, Thorolf Thuestad, Eirik Blekesaune, Hans Skogen, Janne Kruse, Jannicke Lie and Elisabeth Gmeiner.

Curatorial Team: FAN DI'AN, LI LEI, GAO SHIMING, HUA YI


01January2011 And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing

And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing from Verdensteatret on Vimeo.

35 min documentation of Verdensteatret's live performance "And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing"


31December2011 the Currency Building

For more than five decades, British buildings in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) were left to rot as authorities wrestled with the uncomfortable legacy of British rule. The communist-controlled city government lacked both the resources and the inclination to preserve what many saw as a glorification of colonialism, and the city's magnificent architectural gems crumbled and decayed. For many of the hundreds of old heritage buildings it is too late. Along the Hugli river row upon row of derelict mansions and warehouses are being reclaimed by nature and has become a stunning labyrinth of colonial ruin. It is just too late to save them all, with the enormous amount of bureaucracy and corruption in the city administration not helping either. 

But in the centre around BBD Bagh (Dalhousie square) one building have been saved last minute from demolition. The 178-year old building, constructed in Italian Renaissance style called "the Currency Building", the former reserve bank of India. Ten years ago, under the orders of the central government, a demolition team moved in at the dead of night and began work. By morning they had brought down two massive dome ceilings and were starting on the exterior. But after a public outcry work was halted, and now a major restoration project has begun. 

Now, in this building, during the period 10.-15. December 2011, Verdenteatret built their installation and performance "and all the questionmarks started to sing". In order to overcome the limitations of the gaping hole in the domed ceiling a new temporary roof had to be built using bamboo and linen. 


An old photoalbum shows "before and after" shots of the building during the restoration work.

Click here to view the full photo essay...