█ Artist-In-Residence at IAC
Artist-In-Residence at Inter Arts Center (IAC) in Malmö, Sweden March - April 2017. IAC is a platform for artistic research and experimentation, part of the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts at Lund University. It acts as a meeting place and a work space for researchers and artists who use the facilities for short or long term projects.
What makes IAC unique is that it in addition to being an environment designed specifically for artistic research and interdisciplinarity, it is also open to experimental and multidisciplinary artists working in visual art, music and theatre. This combination of artist working within as well as outside the academy is a vital component in the development of artistic research.
IAC’s position in the art world differs markedly from that of institutions such as museums, art galleries, concert halls, theatre companies and venues, as well as more artist-driven and often short-term initiatives. IAC does not need to adhere to specific formats of presentation nor focus on attendance. This allows IAC to concentrate more on contributing to the development of various artistic fields, by working with processes, research, experimentation and technology over time.
The European Network for Contemporary Audiovisual Creation (ENCAC) is pleased to announce this year’s winners of their annual open call. Totalling 186 submitted projects from 34 countries, a wide range of approaches from developers, performers, visual artists, film makers, choreographers and musicians, composers and sound artists presented their particular visions of the potential for audiovisual creativity in cross-disciplinary fields.
Winning projects are: “Æterofoner” by Christian Skjødt, “Embodied Gestures” by Enrique Tomás, “Manufactory” by Transforma, “Permafrost” by Adam Basanta and Gil Delindro, “Aeryon” by Maotik and “Soft Probe” by Matthew Biederman and Marko Peljhan. Each of the 6 winning artists will be awarded a residency at one of the following institutions: Avatar, Quebec, CTM Festival DISK, Berlin, hTh Montpellier, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón and Le Lieu Unique, Nantes.
More info can be found here.
Artist-In-Residence at E.M.S. in Stockholm, Sweden, November/December 2016.
█ 75 Tons of Steel
Premiere of site-specific 4-channel sound piece 75 TONS OF STEEL in the Aalborg Tower, Denmark. September 16.2016
█ The White-Walled Laboratory
What happens in the moment we actually hear ourselves and our own presence? In the moment when the inaudible becomes audible? Christian Skjødt’s exhibition Sub- makes the mind and body vibrate.
Laser beams are directed at the windows facing onto Christianshavn Canal, capturing vibrations from their panes. They shoot back, creating feedback. The first room of the exhibition houses the installation Refractions (2016). Here Skjødt works acoustically with the phenomenon of the window as the material division of two spaces. Because at the exact point when the laser beam is translated into sound, whether the sound comes from inside or outside is irrelevant. This generates new premises for the space. Not as a single space, but as x number of spaces with the emergence of a sensitive relationship between the feedback system and the people who occupy the space. As soon as one system shuts down, another begins. The work is the sum of the number of systems listening to themselves and each other – an uncontrollable sum of x number of memories, x number of perspectives as sound is not solely something we can measure in decibels and hertz.
The kinetic work Inclinations (2016) is installed in the corridor. The loudspeakers send out sound waves that are beyond the audible frequency range of human hearing. On each of them there is a ball that the vibrations of the loudspeaker set in motion, creating a rhythmic pattern. The prepared loudspeakers make sound present. The work is a witness to what we are unable to hear and the boundary between our sensory apparatus and the materiality of the world.
The Installation of Flux and Vibrations
This approach takes us back to New York in the late 1950s, when the composer and theorist John Cage extended the field of musicality to include the categories ‘silence’ and ‘noise’ and reinstated music as a category of sound. As an extension of this, a group of artists under the collective name Fluxus started to incorporate sound in more sculptural and visual forms that were spatially installed. Many of these artists attended Cage’s courses on experimental composition at the New School of Social Research in New York.
In the publication Background Noise (2015), the art theorist Brandon Labelle describes how Fluxus’ innovative use of mixed media (especially sound) changed perceptions of art. Fluxus artists drew attention to the radical use of art in situ, pointing to our presence in a material world. Consequently, the art world started to turn its attention to attentiveness itself – the aesthetic experience – rather than the art object. According to Labelle, sound art gained ground as art moved from objects to environments, because the essence of sound is relational, oscillating and communicative – in a constant, dynamic relationship to the spaces and bodies it emerges between.
Physics and Aesthetics
Between hearing and listening
Text written by Karen Juhl for the exhibition folder of Sub- July 2016 at 'Overgaden. Institute of Contemporary Art'.
█ Overgaden. Institut for Samtidskunst
Documentation - including videos - of the works from the exhibition Sub- at 'Overgaden. Institute of Contemporary Art' can be found here: Vibrant Disturbance IV, Inclinations, Refractions. Photo: Torben Eskerod.
█ 56°25’59” N 8°46’35” Ø 52 m over havet
The solo exhibition Sub- will open July 15.2016 at 17:00-20:00 at 'Overgaden. Institute of Contemporary Art' in Copenhagen as a part of their sound art programme SummerSounds. The saxophone player, composer and improvisor Lotte Anker will do a performance at the opening.
█ Lydhør På En Søndag
Tonometer at Lydhør På En Søndag, Aarhus, Denmark June 26.2016.
█ 56°25’59” N 8°46’35” Ø 52 m over havet
The installation 56°25’59” N 8°46’35” Ø 52 m over havet will be inaugurated June 24.2016 and will be on permanant display. The project is a collaboration with artist Jørgen Carlo Larsen created for Margrethe Reedtz Skolen in Ryde, Denmark and is supported by the Danish Arts Fundation.
Adumbrāre on exhibition April 16 - May 8.2016 at Spanien 19C, Aarhus, Denmark.
█ Spor Festival
A new sound installation, Eavesdrops, is featured on this years SPOR Festival May 11-14.2016.
█ Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) Reading Room
Giving an artist talk at the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) Reading Room, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. January 7.2016. Organized by 'Sound Reasons IV'
█ Sound Reasons IV
Participating in the Sound Reasons IV festival in New Delhi, India January 2016.
█ Üle Heli
█ The Fifth Movement
Publication in connection to the Symphony of Hunger exhibition is now released. ISBN 9788890125980.
█ Symphony of Hunger
September 24. - October 31.2015 VIBRANT DISTURBANCE can be experienced at A PLUS A GALLERY in Venice, Italy as a part of the group exhibition SYMPHONY OF HUNGER curated by SCSV. About the exhibition:
"Inspired by a notable selection of works from the FONDAZIONE BONOTTO collection, the show feeds an appetite for candid action and fosters a relation to bodily presence through a composition of pieces by established and emerging artists. Considering themes of desire, taste, digestion, and waste, the exhibition will use an experimental curatorial model to orchestrate an organic exploration of corporal, sociopolitical, and aesthetic hungers.
The exhibition is anchored by historical works from renowned artists including DEMOSTHENES AGRAFIOTIS, JOSEPH BEUYS, ROBERT FILLIOU, JUAN HIDALGO, DICK HIGGINS, ARRIGO LORA TOTINO, GEORGE MACIUNAS, WALTER MARCHETTI, and CLAES OLDENBURG, many of whom were active in the Fluxus movement. Originating in the 1960s, Fluxus was integral to challenging and expanding the definitions of art by breaking away from pre-existing practices. Deriving its name from the Latin word for “flowing” or “fluid," the movement was driven by artists who craved human connections, actions, and exchanges and believed deeply that art originates in the belly rather than the brain. Inspired by these intentions and stemming from early experimental music scores by composer John Cage, Fluxus artists explored notions of democratic inclusion, interactive association, and indeterminacy in art.
This exhibition re-enlivens the spirit of Fluxus with a convergence of contemporaneity. While the key efforts of the movement may have passed, major threads of its revolutionary intentions live on within the current creative sphere. Many artists today are inspired by the same hunger for expression of social, cultural, and political matters through physicality and interaction. By uniting the historical Bonotto selections with a global assemblage of contemporary works, this exhibition creates a harmonious meeting of artists across five decades and nine countries that share a common craving.
Showcasing the recent work of eleven international artists and collectives, this exhibition illustrates a fluid continuity of attitude through a wide range of media. Throughout its run, several site-specific works will be revealed, including an immersive installation by sound artist CHRISTIAN SKJØDT [Denmark], as well as three newly commissioned works: a poetry piece by BARBARA ROCKMAN [USA], a performance by TIZIAN BALDINGER [Switzerland], and an interactive installation by DAVIDE SGAMBARO [Italy]. The exhibition will also feature sound and video works by CHRISTOF MIGONE [Canada], and PIL & GALIA KOLLECTIV [Israel]. Photographic work by KENSUKE KOIKE [Japan], and two dynamic objects by MANO PENALVA [Brazil] will also be displayed."
█ Squaring the Circle
Based on one of the classic mathematical problems from ancient Greece - squaring the circle - a new sound piece was performed at Glyptoteket’s Winter Garden, Copenhagen DK in connection to Glyptoteket’s event of contemplation called SLOW September 18.2015. Thanks to SNYK/Wundergrund.
█ Dissolution & Suspension
DISSOLUTION & SUSPENSION was premiered at the National Library of Latvia, Riga August 18.2015 in connection with The Danish Cultural Institute's 25th anniversary in the Baltics. More info about the piece and an excerpt from a audio recording of the performance can be found here.
█ Carl Nielsen 150
Working on DISSOLUTION & SUSPENSION, a new 4-channel sound piece celebrating the 150th birthday of Danish composer Carl Nielsen. The piece is commissioned by The Danish Cultural Institute. Thanks to the National Library of Denmark for the opportunity of studying Nielsen's original scores and skeches.
A new permanant site-specific installation created in collaboration with artist Jørgen Carlo Larsen for Margrethe Reedtz Skolen in Ryde, Denmark is now approved for realization by representatives from the school and the Danish Arts Fundation's Committee for Visual Arts. The outdoor installment of the piece will begin later in 2015 and be finished during of 2016. The project is supported by the Danish Arts Fundation. More info to come.
█ In Concert #2
█ Vibrant Disturbance III
█ Vital Weekly review
Review from VITAL WEEKLY 959: "Skjødt is someone who wheels the drone machine, and as such he’s not the only one in the world of course, but I must admit he does some very impressive work. Both of these pieces are heavy slabs of drone music; Part One is all out loud, and half way through adds weight to the pieces by adding more and heavy bass sounds, while the second part starts out softer and slowly starts building up. At one point in that piece there seems to be an angelic choir humming from above and beyond – but then, maybe I was hallucinating. Then, still in this hazy state of listening, I was thinking about machines humming in a parking lot late one evening. Skjødt moves all over the place to create his vast sonic soundscapes and he does that very well. There is a lot of drone music out there, there is a lot of great drone music out there (and you know I am sucker for drone music), and while Skjødt is perhaps not the most ‘new’ sounding artist in the field of drone music, he delivered one hell of a great record. Play loud, is my suggestion for this and you’ll be blown away by the rich sonic detail of it all." (FdW)
█ Vibrant Disturbance III
© Műcsarnok | Kunsthalle, Budapest, 2014. Photo: Imre Nagy Kővágó
█ Wundergrund 2014
A shapshot from the performance of the piece OMDREJNINGER at the Wundergrund Festival 2014. The piece is a collaboration with composer and guitarist Mark Solborg and was commisioned by SNYK with support of The Danish Arts Foundation. Photo: Hanne Budtz-Jørgensen
█ Works of Uncommitted Crimes
█ Assatus Sum
█ On The Edge Of Perceptibility
Opening of 'On The Edge Of Perceptibility' October 17.2014.
█ Műcsarnok Kunsthalle Budapest
Installing the third and by far largest version of VIBRANT DISTURBANCE at Műcsarnok Kunsthalle Budapest in Hungary for the upcoming sound art group exhibition 'On The Edge Of Perceptibility' curated by Zsolt Sőrés and Lívia Rózsás.
█ Don't Eat Zsámbék
Performing with Don't Eat Group at Zsámbéki Színházi Bázis August 22.2014.
█ Internal Propellants
█ SKAN II
The 3rd part of the SKAN II exhibition in the Botanical Garden of Riga is now open showing ILLUMINATION and much more.
Premiering INTERNAL PROPELLANTS August 7.2014 at Krudttårnet, Frederikshavn DK, exchanging the once so mighty cannons with loudspeakers. The work is commissioned by Ny Musik with support from the Danish Arts Foundation.
█ international Sound Art Exhibition SKAN II
"In 2007, the association for adventurous music and related arts “Skaņu Mežs” organised the first SKAN sound art exhibition with the participation of 12 internationally renowned, as well as local artists, at the erstwhile chicory and pasta factory near Arkādijas Park. Back then, in the context of Latvia’s contemporary cultural scene, SKAN was a unique event, because it was the first time that such a broad exhibition dedicated to the genre of sound art had been held in Riga. Moreover, this fact did not go unnoticed in the international arena, and a favourable review was duly published in the English avant-garde music magazine, THE WIRE.
Seven years later, a follow-up exhibition SKAN II has been included in the official programme of events celebrating Riga 2014 – European Capital of Culture. On this occasion too, the exhibition has attracted outstanding artists from all over the world, for whom sound is at the very epicentre of their creative oeuvre.
In the context of sound art, the space in which the works of art are exhibited is of paramount importance, and is defined by its architectonic, historical, social and acoustic attributes. The work of art unquestionably interacts with the space in which it is aired. With this in mind, the venues chosen for this exhibition are the University of Latvia’s Botanical Garden in Riga, as well as the Kalnciems Quarter Gallery and Pardaugava’s wooden manor houses. The goal of SKAN II is to allow this aesthetic experience to attract not only art lovers, but also chance bypassers.
Works of sound art have the ability to accent a space and transform it into a special event venue. As the main venue for the exhibition, the Botanical Garden will serve as its central axis, in order to also draw attention to the adjoining historical building district of Pardaugava. It brings with it a layer of history and culture, which is worth highlighting, including places like the forgotten Philosophers’ Alley, as well as the old manor houses and wooden buildings such as the Volfschmidt Manor House in the Botanical Garden. Skaņu Mežs is able to accent this urban environment through the material that is the foundation for its creative offering, i.e. sound.
Guest exhibitor at the 2014 edition of ' Apriludstillingen' in Vrå, showing the acoustic sound installation IMMERSION. Photo: Søren Skjødt.
█ Extended exhibition
The exhibition of VIBRANT DISTURBANCE II will be extended until April 5.2014 and will also be showing during the 'Jugada a 3 bandas'.
█ Ører på Stilke
Touring the northern parts of Denmark for two weeks together art historian Astrid Gry Byrial doing a mobil sound art workshop called 'Ører på Stilke' (= ears on stalks).
█ LU Botāniskais Dārzs
Researching for a site-specific sound installation in The University of Latvia’s Botanical Garden in Riga. This new work will be a part of the 'SKAN II' sound art exhibition organized by Skaņu Mežs during the Summer of 2014.
█ IN-SONORA VIII
The 2nd installment of VIBRANT DISTURBANCE II, now showing in Madrid, Spain at ‘IN-SONORA VIII - Muestra de arte sonoro e interactivo’. The exhibition is at ‘Cruce Arte y Pensamiento Contemporáneo’ localed on the gallery street Doctor Fourquet. The exhibition period is March 20-30.2014