RECALLING -an evening dwelling on the notion of place in sound and music

Re:place presents:


- an evening dwelling on the notion of place in sound and music
with Daniela Cascella, Pete Stollery, Suk-Jun Kim and Ross Whyte

Torsdag 2.mai kl 20.00 Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall

Listening, Recording, Recalling

Daniela Cascella´s reading inhabit the space between the three, questioning the notion of recording as fixed entity and looking at how the space around it (the space of memories actualised every other day) affects it and makes it. From a recalled listening experience to a remembrance elicited by sounds, from the impossibility of tracing back a sound out of memory to the actuality of an archive. On a boundary between listening and the other senses, between the experience of soundscape and its representation, between nature and artifice, between the aural and the all-rounded everyday, between the spatial coordinates of somebody recording in a landscape and the singular, ever-changing coordinates of mediated listening, in turn prompting each listener to reawaken to the sounds around them. The question here is not ‘what is a soundscape?’. It is not structured around a what but around the many ‘where’ that inform and situate the experience of a place, and how a place takes shape in the singular perceptual experiences of each listener as they embody a creative, critical and cultural site.

Three Cities: Aberdeen - Bergen - St.Petersburg

Three Cities Project was inititated by the composers Suk-Jun Kim, Pete Stollery and Ross Whyte, members of Sound Emporium Research Group at the University of Aberdeen. The project focused on the soundscapes of Aberdeen, Bergen and St. Petersburg, three cities at the same latitude that all share a connection to the sea. The main aim of the project was to learn about and engage with aural culture from each of the three areas through working with sound recordings. This evening we will present three of the works composed during the project: 

Ross Whyte: Heritage (Electroacoustic Music, stereo, 2012)

Walking through St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum was a profoundly emotional experience – a vast building that houses centuries worth of art and artefacts.  During our visit there (which due to time restrictions lasted around an hour), I decided to make a recording of my walk through the endless rooms and hallways. Foucault coined the term “heterotopia” – that is, spaces of otherness or “a single real place that juxtaposes several spaces”. For me, the Hermitage is the ultimate heterotopia: a maze of corridors linking rooms with paintings, sculptures and artefacts from many past centuries, experienced daily by people from all across the world.  Time freezes when you walk through those doors.  The piece I composed, Heritage, is my response to that experience.

Suk-Jun Kim: Three Returns (Electroacoustic Music, stereo, 2012)

Three Returns is the composer's revisit to the sound materials, some of which he himself collected and some of which others did. Through the revisit, the composer wanted to become sensitive to what he has experienced, remembered, forgotten, and imagined. To the composer, Three Returns is evidence of both the fragility of our memory and fascination of place--the very reason for which place haunts us.

Pete Stollery: Three Cities (Electroacoustic Music, stereo, 2012)

Two central ideas drive this composition, as well as the entire  project. The first is Edward Casey’s phenomenon of “re-implacement” within visual representations of place and his three distinctions of  place at - exact depiction, place of - representational transformation and place for - contemplating the ideal, the vision, the “poetic truth”. The second is Suk-Jun Kim’s three “engagements with place” when creating soundscape composition: Visiting and dwelling on and experiencing a place, composing with sounds recorded at the place and finally  listening to the recreation/representation of the experience of the place.

Daniela Cascella is a London-based Italian writer. Her research is focused on sound and listening. Her work explores Writing Sound in connection to voicing, memory, archives and the ephemeral, and the interplay between fiction and criticism. She is the author of En abîme: Listening, Reading, Writing. An Archival Fiction (Zer0 Books 2012).
Upcoming release: http://www.nochpublishing.com/
Pete Stollery (born 1960) studied composition with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham, where he was one of the first members of BEAST in the early ’80s. He composes music for concert hall performance, particularly acousmatic music and more recently has created work for outside the concert hall, including sound installations and internet projects.
Suk-Jun Kim has been examining the sense of place through his compositions and sound installations. HIs research interest includes imaginal listening and phenomenological approaches to listening and composition. Kim has been awarded first prizes by the Bourges Competition, Metamorphoses, and CIMESP for his compositions and was a resident composer of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2009. Kim is lecturer in Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art at the University of Aberdeen.
Ross Whyte is a composer based in Aberdeen. He recently completed his PhD at the University of Aberdeen where his field of research was concerned with audio-visual intermedia and headphone-specific composition. He composes in a wide variety of mediums which include solo and ensemble instrumental, electroacoustic, audio-visual installation, dance, theatre and film. His compositional output in recent years has explored erosion through reproduction and often contains the underlying theme of impermanence.

(from Daniela Cascalla´s blog)


Rhythms of Revolt

Last night's seminar "Rhythms of Revolt" was a successful and enjoyable event and confirmed the idea that Re: place needs these semi-regular, informal meeting points to keep the project "fertilised". Frans Jacobi's lecture-performance was both a salient reminder of the need to manifest dissent and opposition and at the same time an acknowledgement of the way that "revolutions" fail, collapse, turn in on themselves or become mirror images of what they tried to overthrow. Anders Rubing and Erlend Bolstad presented a re-imagining of the government quarter in Oslo, site of Behring Breivik's bomb attack. Anne Marthe Dyvi showed a REAL! slide projection using 35mm slides and a carousel projector, to explore ideas of the everyday in response to the writing of Lefebvre, and Sugne Lidén, Tolga Balci and Ruben Gjertsen provided a soundtrack of music from a twentieth century revolutionary avant-garde.

On 25th. April 2013, this place was the place to be! See a full photo album from the event here.

Signe and Anne Marthe introduce the programme

DJ's Signe and Ruben

Anders Rubing & Erlend Bolstad

Frans Jacobi reading from his project Silent Stand 
Anne Marthe Dyvi's slide projection installation

DJ Tolga Balci


Signe Lidén exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium

Documentation photos from Signe Lidén's exhibition at Resonance, Sounding City exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium

More info+ interview here.



RHYTHMS OF REVOLT - on demographies of uproar and the production of place

An evening programme at KHIB, Wednesday 24 April, 18.00.


The Public Square as Resistance Platform- a performance by Frans Jacobi 

Presentation of Architecture of Revolt by Anders Rubing and Erlend Bolstad

A sculpture for the words and rhetoric of Lefebvre by Anne Marthe Dyvi 

DJ´s: Ruben Sverre Gjertsen, Tolga Balci and Signe Lidén

The Public Square as Resistance Platform: On the Silent Stand, Tahrir Square 
and the Eros Effect. In this short performance lecture Frans Jacobi is looking 
at the 2011 uprising in Egypt as the matrix of a new wave of public protest, 
using public space as a performative platform for political engagement.

Architecture of Revolt: is a project by operating the overlapping territories 
of security architecture and public space as a stage of political expression. 
By learning from the self-organized strategies that were developed during the 
revolution in Egypt 2011 on Tahrir Square, and the new field of urbanism 
created by security architecture and fear of terrorism, Rubing and Bolstad 
seeked to explore different strategy for reconstructing Regjeringskvartalet. 

A sculpture for the words and rhetoric of Lefebvre: Work by Anne Marthe 

Symphony of Sirens: Balci, Gjertsen and Lidén have been digging into the history 
of music and rhythms of revolt

Place:  8th. floor, KHIB, Kunstakademiet, C. Sundtsgt 53, Bergen


Analysis of electroacoustic music

De Montfort University (DMU) is currently running a research project that has lead to several interesting initiatives dealing with analysis of electroacoustic music:

The OREMA Online Repository for Electroacoustic Music Analysis project is a community-based forum where analysts of electroacoustic music can post their analyses of electroacoustic music compositions. It allows people with different ideas of analysis a space to discuss why they choose to analyse a piece in a certain way. The aim of the project is to gauge whether a community initiative can aid an analyst's understanding of a work, whilst helping them conduct an analysis themselves.

eOREMA is a new peer-reviewed, open access peer-reviewed journal devoted to the analysis of electroacoustic music in all of its various forms. The first volume of the new eOREMA Journal is now online.

And finally, Pierre Couprie is currently developing a new software package that is intended to include as many tools as possible for analysis of electroacoustic music. EAnalysis is still in development at the time of writing, but has already incorporated many of the tools that are currently available that are applicable to analysis from the listener’s point of view. An expert system will be added in the near future to aid the analyst in terms of sonic patterns of behaviour.


Images from Quadtone Expanded

An amazing performance by Mariska de Groot and Gert Jan Prins last night at at Atelier Nord ANX. Quadtone - Lumisonic Rotera is a mesmerizing light-is-sound projection performance in space. Graphical patterned wheels are coding a beam of light, which portable light-sensitive speakers convert into audible frequencies. All leftover light is visual sound. This was a collaboration between Atelier Nord and Cinemateket. Curator Erwin van ‘t Hart’s program Surface Noise which consisted of five films was also presented at Cinemateket in Oslo. 



Variety is a new blog devoted to an ongoing programme of performance projects initiated by Frans Jacobi at Kunst- og Designhøgskolen i Bergen. Follow the blog for ongoing information about new events, performances, seminars and workshops. Upcoming - a one week project with Discoteca Flaming Star (Germany)


Eva Ljosvoll video at 3,14

Eva Ljosvoll, video still from En Odyssé
Eva Ljosvoll's video work "En Odyssé" will be showing at galleri 3,14 in Bergen from 12 April - 2 June. Opening Friday 12 April, 18.00

If you stand perfEva Ljosvoll's video work "En Odysséectly still, you’ll see how quickly it passes!
Even if you don’t move you’ll be part of the flow. Even staying at home you’ll be part of the journey that moves everything around in the world. When you do as little as possible and try not to change, everything changes. Sometimes the less you do the faster the changes take place. 
Odyssé is part of a series of works that investigates how time can be perceived. 

Artist statement: 

Eva Ljosvoll is educated at Bergen Art Academy, Weissensee Kunsthochschule in Berlin and Bergen University. She has participated in many group exhibitions and is among other things part of the collection of Bergen Art Museum.

How individuals are related to categories like time and language, are main interests in her artistic practice. The individual makes these categories visible and the individual is at the same time created through language. 

Personal expepriences of being present emotionally and mentally, are always the artisitic starting point. Some of the works handles trauma and shock experiences through analyzing how time is experienced. 

Odyssé is among the works that investigates how time is perceived om a personal level. How time is experienced indicates the emotional state. What time could be can also be investigated through an emotional state. 

Eva Ljosvoll mainly works with video installations. The moving photography shows rather the consequence, than the story that causesd the state. The non narrative moving image is close to poetry. The chronology is of no importance, the images are standing side by side and create a whole, like a chord that vibrates simultaneously.


Workshop: Field recordings and surround sound

BEK, Bergen Center for Electonic Arts, hosts a 5-day workshop April 22-26, providing an introduction to work on field recordings and surround sound.

Sourround sound is used for film production, games, electronic music, video and sound installations and in sound design for stage. This workshop provides a practical and creative introduction to the topics for beginners, with a particular emphasis on equipment available at BEK and software developed at BEK.

For further infomation and signing up, please check out the BEK web site.

The workshop is supported by the Municipality of Bergen, Hordaland County Council and Arts Council Norway, and takes place in collaboration with the Re:place artistic research project.