Nordophile attends Norwegian Night in Utrecht

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  • 29th September 2015
  • A Nordic fairytale in…Utrecht? As a Dutch copywriter – editor – journalist I don’t usually write in English, but when Nordophile’s Sarah Surgey – whom I ‘met’ on Instagram – asked me to cover the Nordic Delight Festival in my hometown Utrecht I thought: why not give it a try! The undiscovered culture of Northern […]




    A Nordic fairytale in…Utrecht?

    As a Dutch copywriter – editor – journalist I don’t usually write in English, but when Nordophile’s Sarah Surgey – whom I ‘met’ on Instagram – asked me to cover the Nordic Delight Festival in my hometown Utrecht I thought: why not give it a try! The undiscovered culture of Northern Europe brought to an innovating local music venue in the centre of a historical university town. It might be a positive new experience to a middle-aged guy (54) like me, normally covering city development and architecture. Well…I can tell you now, it was an experience more than worthwhile.

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    Not only did the unexpected request from Nordophile’s Sarah Surgey to cover the Nordic Delight Festival trigger my interest, I was also intrigued as to the fact that the festival at first did not get any attention in what’s called ‘Uitagenda Utrecht’, which claims to give full insight in cultural events across the city. Woud this affect the success of this relatively small festival, still unknown to many? Probably not, with around 300 visitors the 2014 edition in EKKO was ‘utsolgt’, Norwegian for sold out! Not a mainstream festival, Nordic Delight isn’t the first that brings high-caliber performers to the picturesque city of Utrecht. Until recently it was Summer Darkness that turned Utrecht gothic-black in a more than special gathering of spirits once every year since 2003. And November this year it’s Le Guess Who? that again welcomes international upcoming bands and artists as well as international visitors. The initiative for a Nordic Delight Festival in Utrecht started in 2013. Founding fathers Arne Dee and Ad Pontier successfully organized two festivals and several events in Utrecht since then, always focused on Scandinavian music and culture. This September 26 Nordic Delight again offered a chance to experience the most talented upcoming music acts, from Norway this time, for the first time in the Netherlands.

     

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    Getting tuned

    Not being much of a Nordophile myself the complete line up was unknown to me. Live performances by Fay Wildhagen, Emilie Nicolas and Bloody Beach, names that did not ring any bells to me. Then again, set to play their first shows in the Netherlands it would probably also be a first acquaintance to many. I decided to check them out before visiting the festival and doing so l had to adjust all of my (somewhat mainstream) musicality to tune into the styles of music they represented. In that way, and perhaps in many ways, covering Nordic Delight promised to be like discovering an entirely new world. Seeing some YouTube vids of the young but already eccentric Emilie Nicolas for instance, made it clear to me that she could bewilder me even more performing live at our local music venue EKKO, famous for its widely renewing agenda. Nicolas’ enchanting, melancholy and sometimes ecstatic songs made one shiver inside. ‘Amazing work on sound, vocals, electro-pop arrangements and a great richness of colours, true emotion and sensibility’ someone strikingly defined her music. For instance ‘Psterio‘ from her 2014 debut album ‘Like I’m a warrior’ (released in the Netherlands June this year) brought Northern Europe straight into my living room the way only Volvo did before with their ‘Made by Sweden’ campaign.

     

     

    Different dimensions

    Besides prizewinning Nicolas, without any doubt the most famous act in the Nordic Delight line up, the other acts deserve some special attention as well. Fay Wildhagen, the young singer-songwriter and guitarist with her impressive band brings songs with an organic mix of folk, rock and other genres. Straight from the heart and with a wide range of emotions, from small and modest, melancholy at times (as in this beautiful song), too loud and extrovert. Not always easy listening but pure, intense and very vivid. Her promising debut album ‘Snow’ was recently released in the Netherlands. And then there’s the five-piece band Bloody Beach with their self-proclaimed ‘tropidelica’, a colourful and warm cocktail of rock, psychedelia, dub, afrobeat, disco, punk, reggae and pop. Awaiting their final breakthrough with the release of their second album next year, performing at Nordic Delight might warm us up for what’s to come. But it’s not only the main acts that draw attention. The program contains music, a wonderful selection of short films and a Norwegian dinner. So, hungry in many ways, I headed for EKKO on this Saturday night.

    Stunning and ecstatic

    There I was in the midst of a mostly young, alternative audience that at first seemed to be more in place. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and obviously everyone was curious for what the night would bring. None of us, however, seemed prepared for the impact of this evening. Where the sit down Norwegian dinner appeared to be reserved for other limited guests and was not open for all of the media, I arrived just before the stage opened at 20.00 hours. With the short films and musical performances programmed at the same time, for me it was more than logical to focus on music this evening and I’m glad I did. Almost traditional at times it was the stunning and sometimes ecstatic performance of the beautiful Emilie Nicolas and her impressive band that brought up a variety of emotions to probably every single visitor this night. What can one say about an overwhelming first acquaintance with this group of very modest young artists that in my opinion deserve a world stage. I’m convinced we’re gonna hear more of them soon…

     

     

    A warm embrace

    Also impressive was the first Dutch performance of the somewhat unordinary but charming Fay Wildhagen and band. Don’t ask me why, but to be honest, I was not expecting them to be as convincing as they were this evening. I was wrong there! Coming in from Hamburg/Germany, where she and Emilie Nicolas performed the night before at Reeperbahn Festival, Wildhagen rocked the house in many ways. Modest and fragile, folky at times and then up-tempo, loud and strong with a great sense of musicality and impressive guitar playing by Wildhagen herself. It felt like a warm embrace with this talented and promising young artist. And then, closing up Nordic Delight, there was Bloody Beach that finally made the audience move with their down to earth mix of music styles. In many ways a somewhat peace loving hippie style, dreamy rock perhaps, rather than the heavy metal appearance they seem to have. They did great on stage and knew how to take the house along with their infectious music.

    Catching up

    Looking back on the overwhelming experience that Nordic Delight was, it seems I’ve been missing out on the fast growing interest in Nordic culture. Working on this article, for instance, I discovered NordicVibes.com, a Dutch version of Nordophile.com which is, to my surprise, based in Utrecht. So without any doubt I’ve got some catching up to do and writing this article might be just the start of that!

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    All photos credited to Wim Pontier

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    Nordic Film Days Lübeck

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  • 15th September 2015
  • Nordic Film Days Lübeck, first presented by the Lübeck Film Club in 1956 and taken over by the Hanseatic City of Lübeck in 1971, has one of the longest traditions of any film festival worldwide. It is the only festival in Germany, and the only one in Europe, which is entirely devoted to the presentation […]




    Nordic Film Days Lübeck, first presented by the Lübeck Film Club in 1956 and taken over by the Hanseatic City of Lübeck in 1971, has one of the longest traditions of any film festival worldwide. It is the only festival in Germany, and the only one in Europe, which is entirely devoted to the presentation of films from the North and Northeast of Europe.

    Feature films, documentaries and short films from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden are presented at this five-day event every year at the beginning of November. In addition, there is an extensive children’s and youth film programme and a retrospective devoted to important eras, specific genres or famous persons of film history. The section Filmforum presents films from North Germany. Accompanying the film programme are seminars, discussions, roundtable talks, concerts and readings.

     

     

    The Nordic Film Days Lübeck is both an audience festival and an important meeting place for the film industry in Germany and northern Europe. Many directors whose debut works were presented in Lübeck have gone on to earn fame around the world – such as Bille August, Lasse Hallström, Aki Kaurismäki or Fridrik Thór Fridriksson.

    The film festival is put on by the Hanseatic City of Lübeck in cooperation with the Scandinavian film institutes and foundations as well as the corresponding film institutions in the Baltic countries. Patrons of the festival are the ambassadors of the Nordic countries in Germany. Honorary President is the Norwegian actress and film director Liv Ullmann. Media partners are the television and radio broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) and daily newspaper Lübecker Nachrichten.

    The 2015 official programme will be released early October, but here are some of the previous years winners for you to find some Nordic Films to keep you going until then!

     

    Previous Winners

    The NDR Film Prize for Best Feature Film.

    Endowed with 12,500 euros this prize has been awarded annually since 1990 for a “feature film of special artistic quality.” The film should “reflect society in an independent creative language and open up new perspectives in terms of content and aesthetics.”

    Straße der Hoffnung / Vonarstræti / Life in A Fishbowl
    Baldvin Z (Zophoníasson), Iceland 2014

     

     

     

    Lübecker Nachrichten.

    The oldest festival prize, was founded in 1979 by the newspaper Lübecker Nachrichten. Since 1993, it includes prize money amounting to the current value of 5,000 euros. The prize is awarded to the winning feature film in competition on the basis of an audience ballot.

    2014
    HalloHallo / HallåHallå / HelloHello
    Maria Blom, Sweden 2013

     

     

     

    Baltic Film Prize for a Nordic Feature Film.

    In 1991, filmmakers from the Baltic States created a film prize for an outstanding feature film from the Nordic countries.

    2014
    Schwedenbastard / Svenskjævel / Underdog
    Ronnie Sandahl, Sweden 2014

     

    Photo: © Ita ZbroneicZajt

     

    Documentary Film Prize.

    The Confederation of German Trade Unions (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund) awards a film prize for a “socially and politically committed film” from the festival’s documentary film programme. The award carries a cash prize of 2,500 euros. In previous years, the prize was awarded by the Lübeck Trade unions.

    2014
    Früher träumte ich vom Leben / Näin Unta Elämästä / Once I dreamed of Life
    Jukka Kärkkäinen and Sini Liimatainen, Finland 2014

     

     

    Children’s & Youth Film Prize.

    This prize, created in 1983 by the Nordic Film Institutes, has been awarded to the best Scandinavian children’s or youth film since 1993. A genre which has been an important component of the Nordic Film Days since 1979. From 2008 on this prize is endowed with 5,000 euros, donated by the charitable foundation Gemeinnützige Sparkassenstiftung zu Lübeck.

    2014
    Der Lehrjunge / Oppipoika / The Disciple
    Ulrika Bengts, Finland 2013

     


    57. NORDIC FILM DAYS LÜBECK – Festival opens with “Rams” – Retrospective goes on northerly journeys – INTERFILM honourable membership for Linde Fröhlich.

     

     

    Linde Fröhlich announced the first high point of this year’s festival with the opening night film, “Rams” (Hrútar) by director Grímur Hákonarson, an Icelandic-Danish production that won the Un Certain Regard Prize at this year’s Cannes film festival. The NFL is pleased to welcome the Icelandic director and his two leads, Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson as guests at the NFL opening night celebration on November 4, 2015 in Lübeck (the film will be released in Germany in autumn 2015 by Arsenal Filmverleih).

    “The Icelanders are powerful storytellers and Grímur Hákonarson’s “Rams” is the best example of this.  The film is a human drama, filled with empathy for the protagonists, as well as odd situations and comic moments, all set in a spectacular landscape,” said Linde Fröhlich.

    Curator and director of the Retrospective, Jörg Schöning, presented this year’s look back, dedicated to “Northern journeys. Travelogues & Road Movies”. Audiences will be “transported” back in time with a screening of the silent Swedish outdoor drama “The Strongest” (1929), shown with musical accompaniment in cooperation with the Lübeck Academy of Music under the direction of professor Franz Danksagmüller, as well as by maritime documentation by shipboard photographer Richard Fleischhut (1881 – 1951) and film treasures from the National Library of Norway. On top of that, selected road movies will take audiences on sometimes comic, sometimes melancholy, but always adventurous paths to far-flung locales in the Scandinavian film landscape. The series will include films by Ingmar Bergman, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Mika and Aki Kaurismäki, as well as directors Karin Ottarssdóttir and Auli Mantila. The Retrospective will open with the world premiere of “Hit the Road Gunnar” by young director Nicolas Ehret.

    For more information about this years event and other features head over to www.luebeck.de

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    Screen City Festival – Stavanger, Norway

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  • 10th September 2015
  • Screen City festival 15th-18th October “an expanded cinematic experience about Labour in Norway” will be dedicated to presenting the moving image in public spaces and to exploring the relationship between moving image, sound, and architecture. The festival’s format expands the borders of cinematic experience – reflecting upon the line between the filmatic and the non-filmatic.     […]




    Screen City festival 15th-18th October “an expanded cinematic experience about Labour in Norway” will be dedicated to presenting the moving image in public spaces and to exploring the relationship between moving image, sound, and architecture. The festival’s format expands the borders of cinematic experience – reflecting upon the line between the filmatic and the non-filmatic.

     

     

    Screen City – Moving Image Festival Stavanger presents: Labour & The City In-between. Artists Harun Farocki, Antje Ehmann, Rosa Barba, and an extended list of Czech and Nordic video artists takes over the city, October 15-18th 2015: exploring the temporal, motional and spatial qualities of labour in our current post-industrial climate.

     

    Stavanger, Norway

     

    Curated by Daniela Arriado (CL/NO).

    The point of departure for this year’s program is the post-industrial climate we meet in Europe today. This climate has left us with fluctuating definitions of labour, exploitation of labour, and an unknown economic future. How do these industrial changes affect a city`s architectonic and social rooms? Through the streets of Stavanger, from the Concert Hall to the old industrial port, you will find artworks activating the buildings’ facades. Every building tells a story, and these stories form our city. With the aim of transforming buildings from objects into subjects, we have invited artists – who explore the temporal, motional and spatial qualities of labour in our current post-industrial climate – to present their works in the public spaces of Stavanger.

     

     

    la•bor

    to perform labor; work.
    to strive, as toward a goal; work hard
    productive activity, esp. for the sake of economic gain.
    physical or mental work, esp. of a hard or fatiguing kind.

    The point of departure for this year’s program is the post-industrial climate we meet in Europe today. This climate has left us with fluxuating definitions of labour, exploitation of labour, and an unknown economic future. How do these industrial changes affect a city`s architectonic and social rooms? Through the streets of Stavanger, from the Concert Hall to the old industrial port, you will find artworks activating the buildings’ facades. Every building tells a story, and these stories form our city. With the aim of transforming buildings from objects into subjects, we have invited artists – who explore the temporal, motional and spatial qualities of labour in our current post-industrial climate – to present their works in the public spaces of Stavanger.

     

     

    Old industrial port where  several of the works will be presented

     

    Featured Artists

    Ane Hjort Guttu (NO)

    ARTIST TALK & PREVIEW SCREENING: TIME PASSES
    FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER, 2-4PM
    ROGALAND KUNSTSENTER

    Ane Hjort Guttu presents her recent film related to her investigation into issues of power, freedom and the role of art and artists within political systems. Time Passes (2013) is a 45 min film produced for the 2015 Festival Exhibition in Bergen. Time Passes portrays the art student Damla and her ongoing performative project – begging in the streets of Bergen. Ane Hjort Guttu is an artist, writer and curator based in Oslo. Through video works, picture collections, sculpture and photography her recent work has focused on the issues of power and freedom in the Scandinavian post-welfare state. She also writes analytical as well as poetical texts, and several of her projects discuss art and architectural history.

     

    Photo credit; Ane Hjort

     

    Nils Henrik Asheim (NO)

    ORGELNATT
    FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER, 9-11PM
    STAVANGER CONCERT HALL

    Composer Nils Henrik Asheim (b.1960) combines his career as a performer with regular artist collaborations on projects integrating spatial and theatrical elements. Asheim started out as a pupil of Olav Anton Thommessen and made his début as a composer at the early age of fifteen. Since 1991 Asheim has lived in Stavanger where he is active as a composer, performer and organizer, and not least as the principal initiator of the founding of Tou Scene, an alternative centre for contemporary arts. From September 2012, Asheim has been the organist at Stavanger Concert Hall. Orgelnatt – Organ Night – is a concept where Nils Henrik Asheim invites guest musicians to create a concert event around the organ, exploiting the instrument’s ability to create vast soundscapes. With the help of time and space, we invite the audience to submerge themselves in sound. Orgelnatt has since 2013 been hosted by Stavanger Konserthus. During Screen City Festival, Nils Henrik will perform together with Slovakian artists Pjoni (SK) and Ján Šicko (SK), transforming the concert hall and the organ into an electro-acoustic landscape utilizing mechanical midi management of the organ, and processing sounds from this. The production is part of the Orgel Night program, presenting Norwegian sound artists and musicians like Kjetil Brandsdal and Susanna Wallumrød. The evening will melt into a club program curated by Tou Scene: Electro Motives, presenting live DJ sets by André Bratten (NO) and Jennifer Cardini (FR)

     

    Photo credit; Nils Henrik Asheim

     

    Knut Åsdam (NO)

    MOBIL EGRESS
    DAILY, 6PM-MIDNIGHT
    LORRY, RYFYLKEGATA/MATHALLEN

    Mobil Egress is a touring lorry; an architectural art/film/cinema installation with the film Egress built inside the back compartment. It functions as a mobile cinema and is built up from installation elements to create an architectonic environment. The piece merges art and film distributed in an unusual way. It looks at contemporary Norway and its psychology through themes of work, class, oil and the material world. Egress is a narrative set in a gas station in the edge-lands of Oslo. The main characters work at the bottom of the oil company hierarchy and are engulfed in the everyday and the dark economic and psychological shadows of their society. Egress is the story of a young woman who deals with her everyday work situation with independence and stubbornness in her work and life in the periphery of the city. The film shows relationships between control and independence, about labour, class and work, but it is also a poetic film about a socially insecure edge-land of the city—and about a psychological flip side or cost of the everyday, somewhere near the bottom of the huge economic ladder of the oil industry which secures Norway’s stability. Knut Åsdam lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

     

    Photo credit; Knut Asdam

     

    Beathe C Rønning (NO)

    MEDITATIONS ON WORK III
    DAILY, 6PM-MIDNIGHT
    ROGALAND KUNSTSENTER

    For the past eight Beathe C Rønning has been filming manual and mechanical work processes. What interests her in these Meditations is the choreography that comes straight from the body, and from the routine operation of machines. Or that doesn’t. In practical terms, Meditations on Work is a three-channel video piece with a specially composed soundtrack, a soundless video composition showing sequences of people at work overlaid with scrolling text (II), and a booklet with stills and text. Each sequence is prosaic and commonplace, rooted in the here and now. The steady pulse of work that goes on around us all the time. For Rønning, it is here we find the greatest poetic potential, because here the beauty is subtle yet accessible. “Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so.” (Bertrand Russell) An artist’s work falls between the manual and the abstract. Rønning neither give nor follow orders. She observes, films and reflects, refining impressions through the rhythm of composition, the pulse of the soundtrack, the focus of the text. “Copenhagen, Kvinesdal, Torp, Oslo, Berlin, Lier, Drammen, Sande: I must thank everyone who has allowed me to film them, and for all the goodwill I have met with.” (Beathe C. Rønning) During the Screen City Festival, Beathe will present Meditations on Work – edition 3, with a newly composed text. The work is presented on the Rogaland Kunstsenter facade window. (Credits: Peter Cribbs.no)

     

    Photo credit; Beate C Ronning

    For more information about other events taking place at #Screencity and the full range of artists appearing or taking part please head to 2015.screencity.no

    We would also like to thank Screen city for their text and photos.

    Featured image credited to Mirjam Struppek 

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    Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

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  • 7th September 2015
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    Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival takes place September 10-19. This is a fascinating festival which we thoroughly recommend as it takes us through a celebration of music through collaborations, talks, commissions, exhibitions, improvised performances and of course music from every corner of genres. Held in Oslo this is the perfect opportunity for a Nordophile to […]




    Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival takes place September 10-19. This is a fascinating festival which we thoroughly recommend as it takes us through a celebration of music through collaborations, talks, commissions, exhibitions, improvised performances and of course music from every corner of genres.

    Held in Oslo this is the perfect opportunity for a Nordophile to explore this cultural mecca of a Nordic city and immerse in the music culture through the festival.

     

     

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    About

    Ultima is the premiere contemporary music festival in the Nordic region. The festival became a designated “knutepunkt” (cultural hub) in 2006 and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs and Oslo City Council. Ultima is a foundation with 17 members, all of them professional cultural institutions or organisations.

    The festival takes place during September and is staged at venues all around Oslo. Our events are staged both in large, established venues such as the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo Concert Hall and the University of Oslo’s Great Hall as well as in small clubs, shop premises, industrial premises, museums, schools and outdoors.

    The Ultima Festival aims to promote artistic distinctiveness, trends and innovation and to make music of a high artistic standard accessible by everyone.

    His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon is the patron of Ultima.

     

    Featured Events

     

     

    Below are just a few of some of the events which are taking place. Head over to the Ultima website to find out about the other events which are taking place at the festival.

     

    Elisabeth Vatn: The color Beneath.

    Ekeberg park 6.30pm, September 10th

     

     

    Exclusive sunrise and sunset concerts with Elisabeth Vatn in James Turrell’s light installations in Ekeberg sculpture park.

    The Color Beneath by musician and composer ELISABETH VATN was conceived in James Turrell’s light installations in the old water reservoir on Ekeberg. Between 10–13 September, Vatn (harmonium, Meråker clarinet, bagpipes) performs withANDERS RØINE (langeleik, mouth harp, violin).

    Contemporary artist JAMES TURRELL works with perception, colour, light and space. The two location-specific works Ganzfeld: Double Vision and Skyspace: The Color Beneath were both created for the old water reservoir in 2013. While Ganzfeldexplores the way colours affect our senses, Skyspace makes use of the chromatic interaction between the concert space and the sky at dawn and dusk.

    In The Color Beneath the composer and performer turn their encounter with the installation into music, partly following the composition and partly through improvisation. Consequently, none of the concerts performed in this unique setting will be identical.

    The Color Beneath album was recorded during autumn 2014 and is released during Ultima 2015. The concerts are staged in cooperation with nyMusikk, Ekebergparken and Grappa Musikkforlag with contributions by Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.

     

    Teknisk Museum, 10 AM

    Installation throughout festival

     

     

    ‘We are so used to seeing that suddenly we forgot how to look, so used to hearing that suddenly we forgot to listen.’

    Every movement we see in nature can be perceived as a visual concert, like a storm of birds moving together making astonishing patterns, or snow falling from the sky and touching the ground.Quintetto is based on the study of casual movement of objects or living creatures used as input for the production of sounds. The basic concept is to reveal what the ‘invisible concerts’ of everyday life. In this installation, the scene is five aquariums with a goldfish in each. The movement of the five fishes is captured by a video camera that translates their movements in digital sound signals/music in real time.

     

    Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Provesalen.

    MATTHEW SHLOMOWITZ: LECTURE ABOUT BAD MUSIC (WP)  ALEXANDER SCHUBERT: SENSATE FOCUS  September 11th 5pm

     

     

    Can music really be bad in itself or is ‘bad’ really nothing other than a subjective opinion?

    That is the question MATTHEW SHLOMOWITZ asks in Lecture About Bad Music, which was specially composed for the Anglo-Belgian octet. The work, which was written for lecturer, clarinet, electric guitar, synthesiser and violin, has been commissioned by Ultima and will receive its debut performance here. Australian-born Shlomowitz draws on elements from many fields and genres, employing musical demonstrations and recreations of psychological experiments to examine differences between musical experience and musical material.

    ALEXANDER SCHUBERT‘s Sensate Focus combines light and image, allowing lighting effects take on the role of a fifth performer to a quartet of musicians. In the work, Schubert, who studied bioinformatics, experiments with the interfaces between gesticular movements and musical sounds, where the performers’ physical movements and position in the room are essential elements of the composition.

    PLUS MINUS ENSEMBLE specialises in new music and modern key works. It is particularly known for its interest in avant-garde, experimental and conceptual music, such as Stockhausen’s seminal work from 1963, from which the ensemble takes its name.

     

    OCA (Office for Contemporary Art)

    September 13th 6.pm PRE-TALK AT OCA 5PM. INTRODUCTION BY KATYA GARCÍA-ANTÓN, DIRECTOR OF OCA.

     

     

    CAMILLE NORMENT, who is Norway’s entry to the 56th Venice Biennale, began her collaboration with composer and writer DAVID TOOP at Café OTO in London in 2014. The collaboration resulted in a performance at the Biennale. The performance explores the legends, stories and mysteries of the depth of the oceans through sound. It is still being continually developed, and will be performed at Ultima in September.

    The Oslo-based American artist CAMILLE NORMENT’S practice includes performance, installation, drawing and sound. She explores how the body is interconnected with its environment through sound, and contemplates on the power of dissonance to create spaces for new ways of thinking. DAVID TOOP is a British composer, writer and professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at the London College of Communication. The third edition of his debut book, Rap Attack, has just been released. He has recorded five solo albums since he released Ocean of Sound in 1995.

    In cooperation with nyMusikk and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

     

    Black Box Teater; Annie Dorsen – Yesterday Tomorrow

    September 18th, 7pm & September 19th, 6pm

     

     

    AN EVOLUTIONARY MUSICAL

    Annie Dorsen’s Yesterday Tomorrow is a musical that breaks most of the rules for this genre. Unlike traditional musicals, the music for this musical is created during the course of the performance with the help of computer-generated algorithms, which means that the final result is different every time. The only points of reference are the two well-known songs Yesterday by The Beatles andTomorrow from the musical Annie.

    Based on evolutionary processes such as mutation and natural selection, the algorithms determine the most appropriate route from the first song to the next, or from what has passed to what is to come. As a result, the performance stands as an expression of the unpredictable nature of the present, as a contrast to a familiar past and the notion of a happy future. The music is performed by three singers who continually receive information about which rhythm, pitch and lyrics to sing. The result is an intelligent, humorous yet disturbing encounter between man and machine.

    Annie Dorsen has previously work in film, dance and theatre, and in recent years has been particularly interested in artificial intelligence and digital performance. The Yesterday Tomorrowproject was developed in cooperation with Pierre Godard and Greg Bellar from the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM.).

    Concept, direction: Annie Dorsen. Music director: Joanna Bailie. Algorithm design: Pierre Godard. Sound design: Greg Beller. Video systems design: Ryan Holsopple. Lighting design and technical direction: Bruno Pocheron, Ruth Waldeyer. Producer: Alexandra Rosenberg. Performers: Hai-Ting Chinn, Jeffrey Gavett & Natalie Raybould. Coproduction: Holland Festival, Black Box Teater, Performance Space 122, La Villette – Résidences d’Artistes 2015, L’Hippodrome, scène nationale de Douai, Théâtre de Gennevilliers with Festival d’automne à Paris, Le Maillon-Wacken – Scene européenne – Strasbourg, théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne – Toulouse. Supported by: Mount Tremper Arts, Abrons Arts Center, New York State Council on the Arts.

     

    CEO & Artistic Director – Lars Pettern Hagen

     

     

    “The board appreciates that Lars Petter Hagen will continue to manage the festival for another three years,” says Stein Gullberg, Chairman of the Board. “Mr. Hagen has brought an innovative spirit to the festival program and steered its administrative advancement with a steady hand. Public attendance is on a rise, and Ultima is meeting with ever growing international attention. It’s important to make the best use of this potential, which is best served by the continuity we achieve by extending this appointment. Lars Petter Hagen’s extensive network as well as the fact that he is held in esteem by a broad music and art environment, both within Norway and internationally.”

    Lars Petter Hagen has accepted the offer. “Oslo is a fabulous music town in constant growth, making the Ultima Festival one of the most exciting places to work in the whole world right now. I look forward to another three years with unpredictable musical encounters, dialog with the public and artists, good colleagues and partners,” he says.

     

    Ultima Academy

     

     

    How does art affect nature? How does nature affect art? For its 2015 edition, Ultima Academy invites scientists, music researchers and artists to talk about nature and discuss our attitude to it.

    Head over to Ultima.no to read more about the collaborations and what you can expect to see!

    Special thanks to Ultima for text and photos.

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    North – Nordic Food Festival

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  • 3rd September 2015
  • North – Nordic Food Festival comes alive in New York City, September 23-28. Experience an explosion of gastronomical delights from a collaboration of Nordic Chefs. Try the New Nordic Cuisine, experience the different Nordic countries through their food and feed your Nordic passion! Honest Cooking Media, the award-winning food and wine media company behind HonestCooking.com, […]




    North – Nordic Food Festival comes alive in New York City, September 23-28. Experience an explosion of gastronomical delights from a collaboration of Nordic Chefs. Try the New Nordic Cuisine, experience the different Nordic countries through their food and feed your Nordic passion!

    Honest Cooking Media, the award-winning food and wine media company behind HonestCooking.com, proudly presents the NORTH Nordic Food Festival 2015, a six-day celebration of the culinary culture of Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Sweden. The third annual festival will run September 23-28 and comprise a diverse lineup of events including pop-up dinners, cooking classes, cocktail parties and conversations with Nordic gastronomy leaders such as Claus Meyer and Fredrik Berselius.

    A rustic space located at the intersection of Washington Street and Charles Street in New York Citys West Village will be home to NORTH Nordic Food Festival events throughout the week. Dubbed the NORTH Market Square, and influenced by Stockholm’s bustling Haymarket Square, the space is divided into an outdoor area where diners can enjoy Nordic street food and an indoor event space where pop-up dinners, industry talks and cocktail parties will take place.

    For the 3rd year running, Nordic cuisine takes over New York City for five days. Dubbed “the most influential gastronomy movement since the 1960’s”, New Nordic Cuisine has had a huge impact on the world’s dining scene since it first arrived 10 years ago. NORTH Food Festival is your chance to experience the cooking of some of the world’s most exciting Nordic chefs. From exclusive and intimate pop-up dinners, through educational cooking classes, to fun and free events celebrating Nordic food and cooking – at NORTH Food Festival 2015, there is something for everyone. Families, kids, die hard foodies and anyone else who wants to experience a taste of the Nordics are all welcome at the festival!

     

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    About NORTH Nordic Food Festival

    NORTH Nordic Food Festival is the largest celebration of Nordic food outside of Northern Europe and is presented by the award-winning online culinary magazine group Honest Cooking Media. With a focus on the gastronomy, products, personalities and philosophy behind Nordic Cuisine, the festival is a unique chance for chefs, culinary industry guests and diners to experience the wonder and diversity of modern Nordic gastronomy.

    The NORTH Nordic Food Festival 2015 is presented by a diverse group of generous sponsors including the Consulate General of Denmark, the Consulate General of Iceland, Fika, Finnair, Food Organization of Denmark, Iceland Naturally, Iceland Responsible Fisheries, Rekorderlig Cider, Reyka Vodka,Scandic Hotels, VisitDenmark, VisitHensinki, VisitStockholm, and VisitSweden.

     

     

    A Few events for you……

    Wednesday, Sept 23

    Kick Off Cocktail Party 6pm-10pm
    The NORTH 2015 Kick Off Cocktail Party will feature Nordic drinks and bites, and offer the first look at the new West Village location that will host this year’s festival.
    $45

    Chocolate-Making Class at FIKA with Master Chocolatier Håkan Mårtensson 6:30pm-8:30pm

    FIKA: 450 Washington Street in TriBeCa

    Get an inside look at one of Manhattan’s few artisan chocolate factories with chocolate expert Håkan Mårtensson.
    Learn how to source, temper, coat and decorate your own truffles. Enjoy the results over a glass of wine, and take home a “Meet the Medals” 12-piece box of award-winning truffles.
    $100

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    Thursday, September 24:

    Presented by #TrySwedish, VisitSweden, Stockholm Visitors Board, Scandic Hotels, and Rekorderlig Cider

    #TrySwedish Crayfish Party 4pm-10pm

    Enjoy aquavit, sing-alongs, and the traditional Swedish tradition of boiled crayfish under paper lanterns and the late afternoon summer sun.
    Entrance is free. Crayfish plate: $20

     

     

    An Evening in Stockholm with Restaurant Volt and Rekorderlig Cider 7pm-10pm
    This gourmet pop-up dinner will showcase the innovative cuisine of Michelin-starred restaurant Volt of Stockholm. The city’s rich cultural history will be presented in edible form, at this intimate one-night-only dinner with dishes accompanied by Rekorderlig Cider.
    $150

     

    Friday, September 25: FINLAND DAY

    Presented by Finnair and VisitHelsinki
    #FoodHelYeah Helsinki Street Eats 3pm-10pm

    Join Chef Richard McCormick, one of the driving forces behind street food in Helsinki and the Nordic Region, for a day of Finnish street food.

    Entrance is free. Food and drink available for purchase.

     

    Saturday, September 26: ICELAND DAY

    Presented by Iceland Naturally, Reyka Vodka, and the Consulate General of Iceland in New York

     

     

    Icelandic Brunch with Chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfusson 12pm-3pm

    Brunch Icelandic style with restaurant LAVA Chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfusson’s delicious menu that features traditional Icelandic ingredients in new and surprising ways.

    The nine-dish menu includes smoked trout and pancakes, grilled prime of lamb with skyr rhubarb dressing, traditional Icelandic fish stew with geothermal cooked rye bread, and a cocktail sampling from Reyka Vodka.
    $75

    Baking Class with FIKA Master Baker Robert Tell 4:30pm-6:30pm
    FIKA Tower and Bakery: 824 10th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen

    Voted one of the Top 10 Bread Bakers in North American by Dessert Professional magazine, FIKA Master Baker Robert Tell is known for his classic Swedish desserts with a modern twist. He’ll lead a hands-on bread and pastry baking demonstration accompanied by wine, FIKA’s crisp bread and signature spreads with cheese. Take home a basket of baked goods along with a recipe card to bring your new baking skills home.

    $85

     

    Sunday, September 27: DENMARK DAY

    Presented by VisitDenmark, F.O.O.D., and the Consulate General of Denmark in New York


    Danish Pølse Hot Dogs and Beer 12pm-10pm

    Join the NORTH Market for a day celebrating the country that kicked off the New Nordic movement, Denmark.  Enjoy smørrebrød, the traditional open-faced sandwich, Danish beer and pølse hot dogs, the classic Danish street food by NYC-based Revolving Dansk.
    Entrance is free
    Food and drink available for purchase

    Monday, September 28
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    Some of the greatest food leaders of Northern Europe and New York City will come together for a series of conversations about what’s next for Nordic cuisine. NORTH Talks will explore trends and Nordic cuisine’s role in the changing culinary landscape.

    Claus Meyer, arguably the biggest name in Danish food, will serve as keynote speaker. He will be joined by a panel of chefs including Fredrik Berseliusand prominent entrepreneurs such as Lars Akerlund, founder of Fika and Siggi Hilmarsson of Siggi’s. Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver and other notable New York business leaders will speak about the Nordic influence and how the cuisine has translated into their business.
    Price TBD

    Closing Dinner with Mads Refslund and Fredrik Berselius
    7pm-10pm

    Two powerhouses of the New York restaurant scene will close out the 2015 NORTH Nordic Food Festival
    with a one-night-only collaboration.

    FredrikBerselius, the Swedish founder of the Michelin-starred and much praised ASKA, and Mads Refslund, Executive Chef at ACME and previously the co-founder of Noma Restaurant in Copenhagen, will explore their own Nordic heritage and flavors at this exclusive dinner.
    $179

    Head over to NordicFoodFestival.org to see the rest of the lineup and other events which are taking place over this six day Nordic Food Festival.

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    Helsinki Design Week

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  • 1st September 2015
  • About Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. Helsinki Design Week will be held 3.–13.9.2015. Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, […]




    About

    Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. Helsinki Design Week will be held 3.–13.9.2015.

    Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, promotes design internationally in collaboration with various partners and offers city citizens through design a forum to participate in developing and discussing the city and its culture. The festival programme contains around 150 events every year, and includes both events targeted for professionals and the general public.

    The Helsinki Design Week main events are produced by Helsinki Design Week and its main partners. The Helsinki Design Week programme is produced in cooperation with national and international stakeholders and an extensive event-planning network. The programme is completed with selected events from an open call for programme entries. In 2014 the festival boasted about 110,000 visitors.

    The festival programme takes place in a variety of event spaces spread throughout the city: from museums to markets, from seminar halls to secret shops. The festival also actively seeks new spaces and ways to explore the city.

    Helsinki Design Week is produced by the design service agency Luovi Productions Oy.

     

    Featured events

    Below you will find some of the Design inspired events taking place throughout Helsinki Design Week. But there is so much more going on including a Lego Collective Workshop, The Children’s Weekend and A Focus on the Future of Cities. Check out on their site!

     

    A Workshop by Proloque Shop 10.9.15

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    Proloque believes in the future of a fascinating live shop experience and unforgattable objects. Proloque Shop invited set designer and artist Jonna Järvinen to A WORKSHOP by Proloque Shop. In this Helsinki Design Week -evening Järvinen will finalize her magnificent dome-installations for Proloque, also upon customers wishes. Jonna Järvinen’s dome-installations are fascinating micro worlds that pay attention to the small details in life and nature surrounding us.

    You are welcome to follow and interact with her work or just enjoy our HDW evening,  where both beautiful objects and a shop comes alive. Small refreshments will be served.

     

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    A multi-dimensional meeting point of art and design, built out of containers by the seaside, right next to the newly renovated Old market hall of Helsinki. The transformable containers will work as a stage for surprising spaces and events where people and companies from different fields meet and create new and lively urban city culture. The event is produced by Hei Helsinki and Misc. Management.

     

    Anthology of Finnish Fashion 3-13.9.15

     

     

    This exhibition approaches its topic through nine themes: Folk, Globalization, The Engineering Mindset, The Millennium, Modernism, Change, the Economic Boom, Winter and Equality.

    In this exhibition, fashion is understood in a broad sense. The exhibits include technological clothing design, such as a motorcycle outfit and smart sportswear.

    The heritage of modernism is prominent in Finnish fashion design. Typical features of Finnish fashions in the spirit of modernism are practicality, functionalism and usability. The Modernism theme features work by Samuji and Irja Leimu, among others. On the other hand, the idiom of form is also influenced by colourful folk-inspired maximalism and decorativeness. The designers presented in the Folk theme include Sophie Sälekari and Annikki Karvinen.

    The conditions under which Finnish fashion and clothing designers have worked have changed radically from the 1950s to the present day. During the heyday of the Finnish fashion and clothing industry from the late 1960s to the beginning of the 1990s, there were over 500 manufacturers in this sector, employing a large number of designers. When trade with the Soviet Union collapsed and the clothing industry moved out of Finland, designers had to find new ways of earning their livelihood. Around the turn of the millennium,  brands established by young designers began to emerge in Finland. At present, Finnish fashion is a seamless part of international fashion.

    Designers and brands featured in the exhibition include Achilles Ion Gabriel,Ivana Helsinki, Jasmiine Julin-Aro, Karhu, Satu Maaranen, Makia,Marimekko, Mattisen Teollisuus, Daniel Palillo, Plastic Pony, Jukka Rintala,Anna Ruohonen and Vuokko.

    The curators of the exhibition are Suvi Saloniemi, Chief Curator of Exhibitions at Design Museum and journalist Liisa Jokinen. The exhibition architecture is by Linda Bergroth.

     

    I Heart Vallila 5.9.15

     

     

    The I Heart Vallila -urban event takes place on 5 September in Vallila. The event opens up the workshops, companies and brick-and-mortar shops of Vallila and makes visible the creative professionals working in the neighbourhood. Doors will be open and everyone is invited to meet the makers and creative workers of Vallila.

     

    The Charm of Musical Instruments 5.9.15

     

     

    Families are invited to the world of musical instruments in order to discover how the shape of the instrument affects its sound. Heureka Science Centre organises a workshop where children (5 years or older) can make curious and surprising “scientific” musical instruments. Jamkids Music School offers a music workshop where everyone can play. Jug band Dog in a Bucket presents and plays their home-made instruments.

    Children can try various instruments under the guidance of music teachers from the North Helsinki Music School. Mubik, a mobile game and virtual musical instrument, is presented as an example of the future.

    The event takes place in the Music! exhibition of the Helsinki City Museum.

    To meet the rest of the team and find out more about the events, head over to www.HelsinkiDesignWeek.com

     

     

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    NJORD Biennale – Copenhagen Festival

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  • 31st August 2015
  • Nordophile is pleased to present another Nordic culture event which brings together different genres into a celebrated collaboration. NJORD is Copenhagen´s innovative new biennale for new Nordic music, art and culture. It offers new music, electronics, visuals, dance, installations and workshops – all presented at untraditional venues all over Copenhagen. NJORD Biennale will have its […]




    Nordophile is pleased to present another Nordic culture event which brings together different genres into a celebrated collaboration.

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    NJORD is Copenhagen´s innovative new biennale for new Nordic music, art and culture.

    It offers new music, electronics, visuals, dance, installations and workshops – all presented at untraditional venues all over Copenhagen.

    NJORD Biennale will have its inaugural run from 28th of January – 1st of February 2016, where the meeting of music and visual art will be put under the microscope by a string of distinguished composers, musicians and artists.

    The relationship between the tonal colours of music and the colour tones of visual art are examined through concerts, exhibits, a separate children´s programme, seminars and lectures when NJORD 2016 takes centre stage in Copenhagen under the headline SOUND – COLOUR – MOTION.

     

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    Composer in Residence

    The Finish composer Kaija Saariaho is this year’s Composer in Residence at NJORD New Nordic Music Biennale 2016 and her work will be presented to the audience in a series of concerts and exhibitions.

    Kaija Saariaho (born 1952) is one the most significant composers of our time. Her music is characterised by transparent, organic and expressive soundscapes – often created combining electronic compositions with acoustic music.

    At NJORD a number of Kaija Saariaho’s works will be performed and contextualised, using both the works of other composers as well as visual art and dance. Furthermore, NJORD has commissioned a completely new work by Saariaho, which will be presented for the first time during NJORD 2016. Saariaho herself will also play an active role in the development of the sound and art workshops for children that will be held during and after the Biennale.
    Thus, NJORD 2016 is the most comprehensive presentation of Kaija Saariaho’s work ever seen in Denmark, and as such NJORD Biennale affords Danish audiences a unique opportunity to experience this world-class composer in a variety of constellations and surroundings.

    NJORD 2016 is built upon the artistic idea of a convergence between music, colour and movement. A theme that proposes a cultural event of the senses, where the tonal colours of music and colour tones of visual art will saturate the historical as well as modern architecture of Copenhagen.
    For this purpose, Kaija Saariaho’s music is an obvious and most relevant choice. Saariaho is known for combining acoustic and electronic music focusing on sound and timbre, and her works reaches across genres into the visual arts, dance and theatre.

     

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    Before Saariaho became a composer she was a student of music and art. Hence, the intersection between these art forms has always been an important fixture in her oeuvre. Often she draws inspiration from outside the realm of music – be it in the night sky, nature, art or literature.

    ”While I sat there listening, I suddenly began to see colours and colour formations moving through the orchestra while they were playing – just as seeing the northern lights moving across the sky. Colours changing as great formations moves in gentle strokes across the horizon – this was how these colour formations moved through the orchestra as they were playing Saariaho’s music.”
    Organiser of NJORD Biennale, Jane Schwarz, about her first experience with Kaija Saariaho’s music.

    Kaija Saariaho studied composition by Paavo Heininen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, with Brian Ferneyhough at Freiburg Musikhochschule and at IRCAM in Paris, where she has been living since 1982.

     

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    Kaija Saariaho has received a number of awards and prizes for her music including the Nordic Counsel Music Prize in 2000, the American Grawemeyer Composition Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the world, in 2003, Musical America Composer of the year 2008, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2011, awarded to her at a concert with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and in 2013 the Polar Music Prize alongside Senegalese singer and politician Youssou N’Dour.

    For more information which is being released over the next few weeks, head to NjordBiennale.com

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    Nordic Delight – Norwegian Night

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  • 26th August 2015
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    Nordophile has always noted the Nordic connection between the Nordics and the Netherlands. Close ties are going to be made even stronger when Nordic Delight put on a Norwegian Night in the cultural hub city, Utrecht.     Nordic Delight Norwegian Night with Emilie Nicolas, Bloody Beach & Fay Wildhagen The organisation of Nordic Delight […]




    Nordophile has always noted the Nordic connection between the Nordics and the Netherlands. Close ties are going to be made even stronger when Nordic Delight put on a Norwegian Night in the cultural hub city, Utrecht.

     

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    Nordic Delight Norwegian Night with Emilie Nicolas, Bloody Beach & Fay Wildhagen

    The organisation of Nordic Delight has announced the next Scandinavian event today. On Saturday, September, 26th music venue EKKO in Utrecht is all about Norway. With live performances by Emilie Nicolas, Bloody Beach and Fay Wildhagen Nordic Delight brings three talented high potential acts from Norway to Utrecht. Besides live music, short films by Norwegian makers are screened and there is a limited number of combi tickets available including a three-course Norwegian dinner.

     

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    Fay Wildhagen is a young folk singer-songwriter and guitarist from Oslo and one of the biggest promises of Norway. With a full band including violin and cello she brings an organic blend of folk, rock and other genres with lots of passion and charm and a very unique sound. After a summer full of performances at all important Norwegian festivals, she will play at several international (showcase) festivals later this year, but first she will make her debut in the Netherlands at our Norwegian Night.

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    Who remembers Kakkmaddafakka? Bloody Beach are also from Bergen and guarantee a similar party! A cheerful mix of pop, rock, psychedelia, with elements of afrobeat, dub and surf rock, which they describe as ‘tropidelica’. Next year, with the release of their second album, a breakthrough is expected, including shows at Dutch festivals, but at Nordic Delight you can get a first taste.

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    Emilie Nicolas is the most well-known name in her own country and was already on the wishlist of Nordic Delight for a while. The Norwegian singer and composer is praised for her powerful vocals and wistful lyrics, accompanied by a sparse and somber backdrop of electronic beats. Emilie Nicolas won several awards as best live act and for her debut album, which was released in the Netherlands in June this year. In September, she will tour through Europe and gives an exclusive show at Nordic Delight.

    Nordic Delight organised two festivals and several events in Utrecht in the last three years, always focussed on Scandinavian music and culture. On September 26 Nordic Delight offers you the chance again to experience the most talented upcoming music acts from Norway for the first time in the Netherlands.

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    Head over to Nordic Delight for more information and support this Nordic event at EKKO Utrecht.

     

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    Tickets are now for sale here: http://bit.ly/1EglOP5

    More info: www.nordicdelight.nl

    Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1633009736915265

     

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    LIAF – Norway

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  • 14th August 2015
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    Lofoten International Art Festival takes place in the municipality of Vågan in the Lofoten archipelago – August 28 – September 27. LIAF is a festival for contemporary art taking place in Lofoten a cluster of islands located on the North West Coast of Norway, just above the Arctic Circle, every second year. The festival was first […]




    Lofoten International Art Festival takes place in the municipality of Vågan in the Lofoten archipelago – August 28 – September 27.

    LIAF is a festival for contemporary art taking place in Lofoten a cluster of islands located on the North West Coast of Norway, just above the Arctic Circle, every second year. The festival was first initiated in 1991, as a local art exhibition with a broad range of expressions and with a regional profile. From 1999, the festival was given an international profile changing the name to Lofoten International Art Festival, and since 2009, the festival has been run by The North Norwegian Art Center (NNKS) and LIAF’s artistic advisory board.

     

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    LIAF presents works by international artists in a local and site-specific context and seeks to be an open, experimental and including meeting place for artists, audience and locals. LIAF acknowledges the complexity of place and seeks to be a discursive, engaged and social platform for different positions creating a dialogue between the local and global. The prospect of developing and discovering new knowledge and understanding through art is the core of the festival. LIAF is not connected to a permanent location or space, but is invented anew every time by infiltrating and moving into already existing structures: Everything from a garage, a library, a shed, a bunker, a fish drying rack, a private house, a shop or an old warehouse. New curators also develop the festival every time, with diverse backgrounds, ideas and practices and in different ways bringing the familiar and unfamiliar together. By insisting on this open and experimental approach, we believe LIAF can be a place for exchange and involvement on multitude levels, every time revealing new things about our world and ourselves.

     

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    LIAF has taken place eight times since 1999 presenting artists like Gillian Wearing, Lawrence Weiner, AK Dolven, Ken Lum, Olafur Eliasson, Mari Slaattelid, Elmgren & Dragseth, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Pipilotti Rist, Geir Tore Holm, Eija Liisa Athila, Jesper Just, Amar Kanwar, Tori Wrånes, Michel Auder, Kjersti Andvig, John Giorno, Lene Berg, Lindsay Seers, David Horvitz, Mahmoud Khaled, HC Gilje, Karl Larsson, Shilpa Gupta, István Csácány, Lisa Tan and many more.

     

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    LIAF curators have been Tor Inge Kveum, Per Gunnar Tverbakk, Vibeke Sjøvoll, Gry Ulrichsen, Göran Christenson, Maaretta Jaukkuri, Taru Elfving, Richard Borgström, Helga-Marie Nordby, Thora Dolven Balke, Linn Pedersen, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Bassam El Baroni and Eva González-Sancho.

     

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    Disappearing Acts 2015

    Titled Disappearing Acts, LIAF 2015 will take its thematic basis on ideas of human agency disappearing through the processes of history, ecology, and technology. This approach is informed by the context of the Lofoten Islands, with its precarious economic-environmental dependency, its highly marketable “screensaver” scenery, and its cultural legacy of self-sufficiency and retreat from the antagonism of the urbanised world. Organised as a large-scale group exhibition, Disappearing Acts will feature 25–30 international artists, with many works commissioned especially for LIAF 2015. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a full public programme and publication.

     

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    Venue

    The “Jern & Bygg” premises in Svolvær serves as the main venue for LIAF 2015. Jern & Bygg was a family-owned hardware store and furniture outlet that operated continuously from 1948 to 2010. The business developed through the decades and new sections were repeatedly added to the original building. When it closed in 2010, it had expanded to a scale of 3,500 square meters across several floors. The history of the premises runs parallel to the post-war history of Norway and Lofoten, from the expansive rebuilding after WWII, the rise of Social Democracy, the re-creation of Norway as a petrostate in the ’70s, the discontinuation of industrial production, monopolization of the fishing industry and subsequently the gentrification and touristification of the new millennium. The building is now the last example of pragmatic waterfront architecture in Svolvær. After LIAF 2015, the building will be demolished.

    The North Norwegian Art Center (NNKS) is a juncture institution for Northern Norway responsible for presenting contemporary art and arts and crafts. NNKS is an artist-run institution owned by The North-Norwegian Visual Artist Association (NNBK) and The North Norwegian Craft Association (NKNN).

     

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    Curators for 2015

    Matt Packer is a curator and writer currently based in Northern Ireland. He is Director of CCA (Centre for Contemporary Art) in Derry~Londonderry, and an Associate Director of Treignac Projet in France. Packer says he is delighted to have the opportunity to co-curate LIAF 2015: What makes LIAF so unique is not only the spectacular scenery and sociability of the Lofoten Islands but also its remarkable history of developing artistic dialogues that extend outwardly from Lofoten and into other arenas. As a festival, it has a restless ambition to think through new models of curatorial approach at a time when the formula for larger-scale biennale-type contemporary art events seems ever more standardized. As such, I’d like to think that curating LIAF 2015 will not only be a conversation about art and artists but a conversational experiment in public practice.

     

     

    Arne Skaug Olsen is a curator, art critic and writer based in Bergen in Norway. He is a regular contributor to Nordic online web journal for art criticism, kunstkritikk.no, and has published writings in Camera Austria, Klasskampen, Billedkunst and Kunstjournalen B-Post, among others. Skaug Olsen is also excited: It is an honor to be trusted with the task of co-curating the next LIAF, one of the most important recurring art events in Norway. I have followed the biennale closely, and on two occasions been part of the LIAF crew, in different capacities. It´s a privilege to now be a part of the festivals history, and to shape it´s future. Lofoten is truly a unique place, especially because of all the open minded and welcoming people in the region, but also because their outspokenness and their interest in art and culture. Conversations in Lofoten are never dull, and I´m looking forward to participate in the ongoing dialogue with the people of Lofoten about what role art and artist should play in their community, and beyond.

     

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    Featured Artists

     

    Anna Ådahl (b.1973 in Stockholm, Sweden, lives and works in Stockholm and London, UK) studied at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts de Paris, France. Her works spans performance, film and installation. Ådahl’s work has been presented at Taiga Space, St. Petersburg, Russia (2014); Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm (2013); WELD, Stockholm (2013); FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012); Centrum för Fotografi, Stockholm (2009); and Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennal, Niigata-Ken, Japan (2006).

     

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    Roderick Hietbrink (b.1975 in Gorssel, the Netherlands, lives and works in Oslo, Norway and Amsterdam, the Netherlands) holds a MFA from Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Hietbrink’s work span video installation, film, performance, objects and photography, investigating aspects of the psychology and inherent conflicts between the rational and instinctive self. His work has been exhibited at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; De Appel, Amsterdam; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Artspace Visual Art Centre, Sydney, Australia; and the 5th Moscow Biennale, Russia.

     

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    Sam Basu (b.1967 in London, UK, lives and works in Treignac, France) is the Director of Treignac Projet, an exhibition and workshop project established in 2007 together with Liz Murray. Sam Basu works predominantly with sculptural installation and architectural-research projects, with a particular interest in the relationship between esoteric and activist approaches to counter-culturalism. He often works in collaboration with other artists, including Shahin Afrassiabi, Francis Upritchard, and Matt Bryans. Basu’s work has been presented at Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland; Camden Arts Centre, London; and Laing Gallery, Newcastle, UK.

     

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    Jon Benjamin Tallerås (b. 1984 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) graduated from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2011. His work spans different media, including photography, video, sculpture, performance, text and installation. Tallerås investigates urban space, exploring hidden and often non-used areas of the city. His sculptures are often made out of found materials. Tallerås is one of the co-founders and curators of the project space One Night Only. He has exhibited his work at Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm, Norway (2014); Kunsthall Oslo (2014); Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo (2013); Gallery BOA, Oslo (2013); and NoPlace, Oslo (2011).

     

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    Steinar Haga Kristensen (b.1980 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) studied at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna and at Sydney College of Art. Haga Kristensen’s work seeks to unveil the positive lingual potentiality inherent in the exuberant modernity. He often stages theatricalised spectatorship and mannerist sculptural repetition. He is one of the founding members of the artist group D.O.R. Haga Kristensen has presented his work at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; Etablissement d’en face projects, Brussels; Kunsthall Oslo; Gallery Rod Bianco, Oslo; The Danish Pavilion at the 54th International Art Biennial in Venice; Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Dortmund Bodega, Oslo; Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm, Sweden; Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark and Young Artists’ Society (UKS), Oslo; and Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway.

     

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    SALT – A culture explosion in Norway

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    Nordophile is proud to present SALT, an extensive and varied programme of art and culture throughout August, with an all Norwegian list of artists.     The artists Edvine Larssen, HC Gilje and Caroline Bergvall will each present a commissioned art installation on the beach. You can experience  Jenny Hval, Mari Boine and Bjørn Eidsvåg play concerts in breathtaking […]




    Nordophile is proud to present SALT, an extensive and varied programme of art and culture throughout August, with an all Norwegian list of artists.

     

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    The artists Edvine Larssen, HC Gilje and Caroline Bergvall will each present a commissioned art installation on the beach. You can experience  Jenny Hval, Mari Boine and Bjørn Eidsvåg play concerts in breathtaking surroundings, and let yourself be seduced by the DJ concept Solitude Sessions. SALT introduces a series of concerts with young Norwegian talents. They will give intimate solo concerts in the atmospheric Cafe Naustet and Agora; Marthe como el planeta, Ingeborg Oktober, Nagel and Sophie Kvam, Fredrik William Olsen, Morten Myklebust and Psyence Fiction.

    Every Saturday there will be sauna in one of the world’s largest saunas with panoramic view!

     

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    Marte Antonsen

    For thousands of years people have followed the movement of animals and the seasonal rhythms in the Arctic landscape. Footprints are few. SALT is inspired by and moves in that same Arctic landscape with care and respect“.

    SALT begins its journey on an Arctic beach on the mountainous island Sandhornøy. Sandhornøy is in Gildeskål municipality in Northern Norway, just south of Bodø. SALT opened in August 2014 and will stay at Sandhornøy until 2016. Over the coming years, SALT will travel across the northernmost part of our planet, making a home in Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Scotland, Spitsbergen, Alaska and Russia.

    SALT consists of several structures taking their form from the fiskehjelle (fish rack), a strong symbol of the livelihoods of the people of the north. Within these simple and portable structures, the audience is invited in to experience extraordinary art projects, concerts, theatre, readings and local food cultures.

    The world is watching the Arctic. It is estimated to hold more than twenty percent of the world’s currently unexploited oil reserves; it is the home of many of the world’s most vulnerable environments. Climate change is increasingly visible, the rate of change exceeding that of any other part of the world. What will happen as ever larger areas become ice-free, with nations and global corporations pushing for the extraction of oil and minerals?

     

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    Martn Losvik

    Mankind has inhabited the Arctic landscape for ten thousand years. Arctic nomads wandered with the ice, taking advantage of available resources from coastal areas and a mountainous countryside. Their concern for and close relationship to nature means that archaeologists are able to find few remnants of their culture. This is the essence of the Arctic indigenous people’s philosophy and the guideline for SALT’s eight year long journey, which will be a cultural platform focusing on our common future, lifestyle and on environment and climate changes.

    Northern Norway has been the uninterrupted abode of more people than anywhere else in the Arctic region. This has been possible due to the abundance of fish at the outskirts of the Gulf Stream, as well as the inventiveness and stubbornness of its inhabitants. To endure long winters, all kinds of food preservation methods had to be invented. Two of the most successful were the salting and drying of fish on rocks (clipfish) and the drying of fish on fiskehjell constructions – the fish rack (stockfish). For thousands of years, such fish racks have been seen along the northern coast, on exposed headlands and small islands, where winds are strong and fish dries fast. Today, in many places, these are in the process of being torn down and forgotten.

     

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    Martn Losvik

    The fish rack has a form that reflects the coastal mountains. It has solid, strong poles that allow gusts of wind to slip through; it is a steep, slender and tall structure with an inherent Arctic flexibility; its lightness effectively enables it to be erected and taken down in a day in case people need to move along the coast. Since the poles float, they can also be dragged behind a boat when people look for new land, new seas and a new life. SALT has an equally flexible and fundamental function, albeit using art as the primary means of support.

     

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    Edvine Larssen

    For her new work at SALT Looking Close. Looking Far.Larssen will be in close dialogue with the people, history and places at Sandhornøy and the surrounding islands in Nordland over a period of one year. The first part of the work titled Pust is presented in the Pyramid, and offer a new way to navigate and experience the existing site at SALT. The installation was premiered Saturday 8 August, and involved a conversation on the artist’s next project Looking Close. Looking Far. with curator Helga-Marie Nordby og Edvine Larssen. Local people who would like to contact the artist are very welcome to email the artist: hedvine[a]gmail.com

    Entitled PUST (‘BREATH’ when translated to English), the work features a bright neon coloured textile installation, similar to the form of a curtain or large boat sail, which will cover one end of the largest of the wooden pyramid structures that is housed on the beach at SALT, acting as a highlight or marker in the landscape. The theatrical curtain, made from a transparent and lightweight fabric, will be visible from the sea and will live within the area’s striking scenery, evolving with the changeable weather conditions and moving with the wind and rain.

    At intervals during the project, the curtain will become a backdrop for the ongoing project Looking Close. Looking Far. and be raised up to mark the next stage of the project’s evolution.

    Since 2013 Larssen has been a Research fellow in the Norwegian Programme for artistic research at the Art Academy in Trondheim, NTNU with the project: Theatrical, but not theatre. Architectonic, but not architecture. Sculptural, but not sculpture. In this research project Larssen is using the Japanese concept [Ma], dealing with different layers of time and space, as a tool or method for creating art works in-between different fields. Her work for SALT is part of this research.

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    HC GILJE is a Norwegian artist working with light, sound, architecture and space. SALT has commissioned Gilje to create a light motion installation for the fish rack structure, the Pyramid.

    Since 2006 Gilje has worked on a long-term project he has called Conversations with Spaces. It incorporates elements from his earlier practice: exploration of physical spaces in his videos, creation of spaces in his stage work and improvisation from his live work.

    This project explores, mainly through large-scale installations, perception of change and transformation in the meeting between the ephemeral media of light, projection, sound and motion with physical structures.

    Gilje aims to activate spaces and structures that are experienced through our bodies, seeing the body as the link between our mind and the physical world. He links perception of time and space to motion as it passes through spaces, objects, bodies and landscapes.

     
    Caroline Bergvall

    Caroline Bergvall is a French-Norwegian writer and artist working across media, languages and art-forms, based in London since 1989. Her projects alternate between installations, live performances, sound and audioworks, books and printed texts, as well as net-based pieces.

    On 23 August 2015, at 9am in the morning, Bergvall will present Watchman (68°12’N), a special time and site-specific performance at SALT, which invites the audience to call in the day as a communal experience.

    Watchman (68°12’N) is part of Bergvall’s ongoing work Raga Dawn, a sunrise vocal performance performed outdoors from the last hours of night until the very early morning during the Summer months, to accompany and celebrate the rising of day.

    From May – September 2016, Bergvall will perform Raga Dawn as a travelling trajectory at some 10 European sites of varying latitudes. The piece changes according to the length of the sunrise, from twilight to the first rays of the sun. The composition is an open and changing cycle of time-specific vocal and instrumental pieces, written for two voices (spoken and sung).

     

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    Watchman (68°12’N) will be performed on the beach at SALT, from the very early hours of the morning until the sun reaches over the mountain and down to the beach. Celebrating the rise of day, the piece releases serenity and a spirit of hope, collective openness and amorous connectedness. It explores sounds and structures from mantra morning traditions to create vibratory connections between the two live voices and the very sparse frequency-based sound design. Passing birds’ songs, solar winds and meteoric showers are invited into the open composition.

    The title Watchman (68°12’N) is loosely inspired by the early medieval European morning poetry, the “alba”, in which secret passionate lovers are warned by the watchman, their accomplice, that dawn is calling in and that they soon need to separate.

    Here, the collective spirit of the performance also calls up the large rhythmic seasonal and diurnal patterns that re-connect beings to their bodies, to their surroundings.

    Artistic team:

    Lead artist: Caroline Bergvall
    Singing voice: Anouk Molendijk
    Sound design: David Scrufari
    Dramaturgy: Michèle Pralong

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    Music programme

    SALT presents a series of concerts with young Norwegian talents. They will give intimate solo concerts in the atmospheric Cafe Naustet and Agora; Marthe como el planeta, Ingeborg Oktober, Nagel and Sophie Kvam, Fredrik William Olsen, Silje Hansen, Psyence fiction and Lamark.

     

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    Outdoor stage – Gildehallen

    Experience Mari Boine and a family concert with Bjørn Eidsvåg. In Agora amphi, with a panoramic view to the beach, sea and sky, Jenny Hval will perform. SALT also introduces the concept “Solitude Sessions”.

     

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    Every Saturday 10pm – 1am the outdoor stage Gildehallen, will hold different DJ’s all giving different interpretations of SALT and the beach which it is situated.

    The DJs are Snasen, DJ Strangefruit, Ådne Meisfjord (120Days/ Serena Maneesh) and DJ Karima.

    Head to Salted.no to find out more

    All photos provided by salted.no

    Featured image; Martin Losvik

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