mandag 23. november 2009

The Henie Onstad Art Centre has finally gotten a new web design for their homepage, so we can promote music and exhibitons alltogether on one site.

Therefore we will from today (20.11.2009) not update this blog anymore and move all information and updates over to Henie Onstad Art Centre

www.hok.no


Please still check out our photos at www.flickr.com/hokmusic

and videoes at www.youtube.com/kunstsenteret

For any more information please contact us at hokmusic@gmail.com

Best

Lars & Lasse

Prisma Records set to launch two releases!





Prisma Records is a new record label dedicated to releasing music performed and recorded at the Henie Onstad Art Centre located at Høvikodden, Norway. The label focuses on new recordings from the centre`s concert and performance program, entitled Høvikodden Live. It will also release older recordings from the centre's extensive music archive, consisting of 600 concerts from 1968 until 1990. The label is run by the centre`s two music-coordinators Lars Mørch Finborud and Lasse Marhaug -with kind permission by the centre.

On the November 30th Prisma Records will release 2 albums by Kåre Kolberg and Ingar Zach/Andreas Meland as digipak CDs and digital versions on Itunes and Spotify.

Check out more info here

http://prismarecords.blogspot.com/

New Mediateque at the art centre 19.11.2009


In Norwegian:

Tirsdag 19. november kl 18.00 åpner Henie Onstad Kunstsenters nye mediatek. Her presenteres foto- lyd- og videodokumentasjon av kunstsenterets utstillinger og arrangementer fra 1968 og frem til i dag.

Fra åpningen i 1968 har Henie Onstad Kunstsenter dokumentert egne utstillinger og arrangementer innen ”flyktige” kunstarter som musikk, performace, dans og teater. Alt fra profesjonelle fotografer, filmteam og lydteknikere til entusiastiske amatørgrupper knyttet til senteret, har skapt et levende arkiv. Dette har vokst seg til å bli en av Europas viktigste samlinger av nasjonal og internasjonal musikk- og kunsthistorie. I Henie Onstad Kunstsenters mediatek gjøres dette materialet for første gang tilgjengelig for publikum.


Mediateket består av tre arbeidsstasjoner hvor publikum kan se fotografier fra over 100 utstillinger; lyd, foto og videoklipp fra over 60 konserter, performances og kunstnerintervjuer. Her finnes for eksempel opptak av norske kunstnere som Kjartan Slettemark, Arne Nordheim, Per Inge Bjørlo og Jan Garbarek, og internasjonale storheter som John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Joseph Beuys, Henry Moore og Soft Machine. I tillegg finnes en egen seksjon tilegnet senterets donatorer Sonja Henie og Niels Onstad og en leseseksjon med et utvalg av senterets publikasjoner gjennom 40 år.

Opprettelsen av mediateket er sjenerøst støttet av Henie Onstad Kunstsenters Venneforening. Digitaliseringen av kunstsenterets lydarkiv er støttet av Norsk Kulturråd.

tirsdag 3. november 2009

HØVIK BALLETT feirer 40-års jubileum på Henie Onstad Kunstsenter



In Norwegian:

HØVIK BALLETT
7.og 8. november.

Høvik Ballett ble startet i 1969 som den første frie gruppe i Norge. De frie gruppene var en svært viktig del av scenekunstfeltet på 70- og 80-tallet.

Når Høvik Ballett nå markerer 40 års-jubileet sitt på Høvikodden, er det fordi Kunstsentret var gruppens base og faste arbeidssted gjennom det meste av de 20 årene gruppen besto. Høvik Ballett fikk viktige impulser på Kunstsentret gjennom de skiftende utstillingene og nøt godt av at ledelsen helt fra begynnelsen lot gruppen gjøre forestillinger og improvisasjoner i samspill med billedkunst og skulpturer.

40 år etter at Høvik Ballett tok sats blir det altså en liten ”gjenoppstandelse” på Høvikodden denne helgen. Det blir urpremiere på et nytt verk: Boks for boks, som bare vises disse to dagene, lørdag og søndag kl. 14.

Merete Bergersen har koreografert forestillingen og samarbeidet med musikeren Jon Christensen,som er med på scenen og spiller trommer og perkusjons- instrumenter. - Tre av danserne i forestillingen var en del av Høvik Ballett i en årrekke, nemlig Anne Brit Kjelsrud, Ina Guro Moen og Tone Westad. Merete Bergersen var Høvik Balletts faste koreograf, og disse fire har et langt og fortrolig samarbeid bak seg. Schirin Zorriassateiny, den fjerde danseren i forestillingen, har bl.a. arbeidet med koreografen i Haiku, en forestilling med gjendiktninger av Paal-Helge Haugen.

Merete Bergersen har også arbeidet med lyrikk i samarbeid med Jan Erik Vold i forestillingen hvitt på hvitt. Hun har også samarbeidet med komponister som Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal og Rolf Wallin,

Forestillingen vil også romme en direkte overført filmprojisering av danseren Tinna Gretarsdottir, som opptrer samtidig i et av prosjektrommene under Studioscenen, i Vivild Bergersens koreografi.


Publikum får dessuten sjansen til å se noen bilder fra Høvik Balletts virksomhet denne helgen. Et utvalg fra ulike verk og fra de forskjelligste arenaer, fra Kunstsentrets saler med Giacomettis skulpturer til en skoleforestilling i Henningsvær.

Bildene kan ses i Studio før og etter forestillingene, og de henger bare denne helgen.


Kunstsentrets faste Barneverksted står også i Høvik Balletts tegn på søndag.
Det blir bevegelsesverksted hvor barna får utforske noen av rekvisittene og scenografi-elementene som har vært brukt, særlig i forestillingene Alt er bevegelse og Risj, Rasj og Ramona, som gruppen turnerte mye med i hele Norge.

Verksted for de yngste kl. 1130 – 1230 og for større barn kl. 13 til 14.
Nina Gløersen, tidligere danser i Høvik Ballett som nå arbeider som førskolelærer, leder verkstedet.

mandag 19. oktober 2009

Sound Poetry Day the 25th of October in Cooperation with Oslo International Poetry Festival



NB! The event starts at 13.00 !!

Sten Hanson

The Swedish composer, Sten Hanson, was leader of the Fylkingen language group from 1968 and in charge of the Text-Sound Festivals which were held for many years. He is self-taught as a composer. In Sweden, he was chairman of the ISCM (1975-1981), member of the Royal Academy of Music of Sweden and President of the Swedish Composers’ Union (1985-1994), member of the Executive Committee of International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (ICEM) (1981-1982) and Chairman of this organization from 1997 to 2002. Hanson has been working with experimental music, literature and art since the beginning of the 1960’s, cultivating both instrumental, vocal and electroacoustic music for performance on radio and television, on outdoor occasions or from the concert platform. Text-sound-visual image, often combined with intensely personal ’live” performances, are vital ingredients in Hanson’s work and he is one of the forerunners in the field of multi-media art. His works include electro-acoustic pieces as well as instrumental and vocal compositions. From the end of the sixties up to 1979, he worked essentially with electroacoustic music and created, with Lars-Gunnar Bodin, Åke Hodell, Bengt Emil Johnson, the theory and the practice of a new aesthetic field: ”The electronic text-sound”. Sten Hanson realized a large number of works in various styles : works for television, ballet music, performances, audiovisual performances assisted by computer, pieces for instruments and tape and/or electronics, works for orchestras and computer music. Many of his early compositions were short, hard hitting collages of text and sound with a socially and politically committed content: Che (1968), Western Europe (1969), Revolution (1970). In other works the emphasis was more on humorous burlesque: Coucher et souffler (1968), How are You (1969). Compositions like Fnarp(e) (1970) and L’Inferno de Strindberg (1971) have passed through more extensive electro-acoustic processing, as is also the case in the humorous but cautionary The Flight of the Bumblebee (1982).

Famlende Forsøk

Famlende Forsøk from Arendal/Eydehavn in Norway started up in 1981 and made a name for itself with a long series of cassette releases during the 1980s and the cult record Ars Transmutatoria in 1990 – an album that is often cited as a major source of inspiration for the 1990s generation of Norwegian noise and experimental music. The band consists of the vocalist Brt and the musicians Lumpy Davy and ChrispH. Accompanied by long drawn-out electronic and acoustic sounds, Brt chants his distinctive lyrics in his Arendal dialect, reflecting Burrough’s cut-up literary techniques and sound poetry aesthetics. Following Ars Transmutatoria, Famlende Forsøk (lit.: Fumbling Attempts) spent 16 years completing their project based on the horror writer H.P. Lovecraft One Night I Had A Frightful Dream. The concert at Høvikodden will be their first in the Oslo area for many years.

Jordan Scott Jordan Scott lives in Vancouver BC, Canada. He is the author of Silt (New Star Books 2005) and Blert (Coach House Books 2008). Silt was nominated for the Canadian Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In the fall of 2006, Jordan worked on the final sections of Blert while acting as a writer in residence at the International Writers’ and Translators’ Centre in Rhodes, Greece. In the spring of 2009 a short film based on Blert appeared on the Bravo! network. He spends the spring and summer slinging canoes at Pitt Lake – the largest freshwater tidal lake in North America.

Pär Thörn Pär Thörn (b. 1977) lives in Malmö. His first works he printed himself. Later OEI (periodical for experimental poetry) and the publishing house Modernista published his works. Studiemannen (Modernista, 2008) is his latest book. In Sweden Pär Thörn has both a reputation of being one of the most talented and inspiring new authors and, at the same time, infamous for writing degenerated conceptual literature. And it’s nothing wrong with either. His work is referential and formalistic. The texts absorb, in an almost encyclopaedian way, formalities from the cultural surroundings of the Swedish social democracy. But they also employ an audio poetic materiality which bare witness of the author’s connection with audio aesthetics. Thörn is a sound artist and reveals Fluxus as one of his main sources for inspiration. The connection between the formalistic and audio poetic turns his texts into subtle reports on everyday existentialism, a quality underlined by his almost laconic way of reading.

Sarah Granskou Ontario native, Sarah Granskou (b. 1973), has grown deep roots and outreaching branches in the traditions of her Norwegian heritage. She has learned to sing in the tongue of her forbears, and to play and carve the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, applying her Canadian sense of innovation to the Norwegian art of imitation. Sarah Granskou has developed a niche as a contemporary “Canwegian” scald (Nordic bard), applying her Canadian sense of innovation to Norwegian oral tradition. While Sarah draws on ancient art forms, her recitations and lyrics are accessible today and relate often to her own experiences following the Sami reindeer migration, living amongst the Inuit people, working on Norwegian farms, playing for weddings in a Swedish ice church and building 8-string fiddles. Her unique poetic narrative is a humorous and moving context for this northern music. Through combining languages, Sarah creates a comprehensible multicultural dialect. Song, fiddle, willow flute and jaw harp are integral to the narrative and carry the current of her stories along.

tekstopia Oslo international poetry festival and Henie Onstad art centre will this year collaborate with the Internet service tekstopia which is a part of the research project Inventio at Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo. tekstopia combines literature to specific sites using location technology like the GPS-service on your mobile phone. With the use of a free down loadable plug in, the GPS will automatically connect with a database containing literature about places in Oslo. The audio texts will automatically be downloaded to your mobile when you are connected to the system, according to where you are at in the city. You can start your stroll in the city centre by listening to a reading of Sigbjørn Obstfelders description of the alienation of the city in his poem «Jeg ser». Proceed to the fortress where you listen to «På Akershus» by Henrik Ibsen. In the botanical garden you can listen to Victoria Kielland read her poem «Botanisk hage; arbore’t n3 (lat. nyd, av arbor ‘tre’) botanisk hage for studium av trær og busker». Proceed to the Tøyen park and listen to an extract from Amtmannens døtre by Camilla Collett. End your stroll at the shopping mall Oslo City while listening to one of the many poems by Simon Stranger. In this way tekstopia gives an unique opportunity to close listening, both to the particular poem and to the voice of the poet at the same time as the listener get a site specific experience. By these means the literature develops both a social and an activating potential through tying itself and the listener to the city. Listening to the literature becomes a multimedia socio-cultural activity. Oslo international poetry festival invites this years poets to contribute to the text universe of tekstopia. During the festival weekend texts attached to the various locations of the festival will be made accessible for the audience to down load on their mobile phones. Main locations for the collaboration will be Høvikodden and the surroundings of the House of literature, where large selection of poetry will be made available. Check out tekstopia on tekstopia.uio.no or textopia.org for the English version.

onsdag 7. oktober 2009

Concert October 11th Merzbow & Void Ov Voices


Høvikodden Live 09` presents Merzbow & Void Ov Voices


Merzbow

Masami Akita (born 1956 in Japan) started his Merzbow project in 1979. Inspired by Kurt Schwitters, Vienna Actionism, Dadaism, psychedelia and prog-rock, Akita decided to create a new, sonic expression that broke with all musical norms. His aim was to combine Schwitter’s idea of refuse as artistic material with the most ecstatic highlights of rock music. The result was modern noise music, and Merzbow is currently easily the greatest and best known artist of this genre. Akita is also the most active, with over 300 releases to his name (including Merzbox – a collection of 50 cds), and he shows no sign of slowing the pace. In recent years, Akita, who is a vegan, has spoken out on behalf of animal rights and used his name as the leader of noise music to promote this cause.

Merzbow: Sunday 11th October at 3.30pm in the Studio.

VOID OV VOICES

Attila Csihar (born 1971 in Hungary) is already a legend of black metal music. As a vocalist, his unique style of singing combines metal music’s vocal techniques with contemporary music’s extended use of the voice. During the last half of the 1980s, he was the leader of the Hungarian band Tormentor, which is now recognised as the founder of this genre. When the Norwegian black metal scene emerged in the early 90s, Csihar was invited to sing on the now legendary Mayhem record De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Subsequently, Csihar worked with the more experimental band Plasma Pool, before he again joined Mayhem in 2004, after Maniac, the band’s vocalist for 10 years, left. During the last few years, he has also been a vocalist in the drone cult metal band Sunn0))). Voidovvoices is Csihar’s new solo project, in which he concentrates exclusively on voice and samplers.

Voidovvoices: Sunday 11th October at 2pm in the Studio.

lørdag 3. oktober 2009

Concerts 4th October Jaap Blonk, Stine Janvin Motland & ROLLO



Jaap Blonk

Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Holland) is an auto-didactic composer, musician and poet. For over 25 years, he has used his voice as a prime means of discovering and developing new sounds, and his unceasing activity with different projects has won him a reputation as one of leading names and innovators in the field of experimental vocal technique. As a vocal artist, Blonk has made a name for himself due to his strong stage presence and an almost childlike freedom of expression in his improvisations, which he nevertheless subjects to a stringent structural form. In recent years, Blonk has held concerts all over the world and has collaborated with artists such as Maja Ratk je, Mats Gustafsson, Nicolas Collins, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, The Ebony Band, Carola Bauckholt and Golan Levin. Jaap Blonk has also distinguished himself as the leading interpreter of Schwitters’ voice and works of audio poetry. As early as 1986, he released Ursonate on record and more recently he has produced, in collaboration with Golan Levin, the work Ursonography, which is an audiovisual version of Ursonate.

Jaap Blonk performs Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters on Sunday 4th October at 2pm in the Main Hall.



Stine Janvin Motland

The vocalist Stine Janvin Motland (born 1985 in Norway) is from Stavanger and has been active in several different musical genres, but in recent years has built up a particular reputation in the field of improvisational music. As Motland herself puts it: “Body awareness is important; working physically with the music. One example is breathing. You can only hold a note for a certain length of time and I’m curious about what happens when you run out of breath; how does the body react and what the natural reaction is.” Motland performs together with other groups and musicians such as Motsol, Kitchen Orchestra and Frode Gjerstad’s Circulasione Totale Orchestra, but these days increasingly on her own, as on this occasion at the Henie Onstad Art Centre.

Stine Janvin Motland: Sunday 4th October at 2pm in the Main Hall.


ROLLO

ROLLO consists of Tori Wrånes with Simona Barbera (soundscapes), Håvard Skaseth (guitar), Jan Erik Mikalsen (sag), Tara Rolfsen (flute) and Christian Hennie (sculpture).

Tori Wrånes (born 1978) has just completed her master degree at the Oslo Academy of the Arts. Wrånes creates performances/installations combining theatre, visual art and sound, with voice and sculpture as her point of departure. Her works vary in form and are reminiscent of a kind of contemporary tragedy, bordering on comedy. Wrånes’ projects and exhibitions include: Pattedyret (The Mammal), a performance for the 2009 graduate exhibition held at the Stenersen Museum, Zombie Atlantic at Rekord 09, Kullfløyel (Coal Velvet) at the Kunstraum Kreutzberg/Bethanien Gallery in Berlin in November 2008, Hello Glossalolia at The Young Artists’ Association (UKS)/UTKANTEN festival in October 2008, Performance-polaire (Polar Performance) at Palais de la Découverte, Paris in September 2008, Under Himmelrota (Under Skyroot) in connection with Horizons and Fragments, Stavanger Capital of Culture 08, Inni Pattedyret/Tvilende Rovdyr (Into the Mammal/Doubting Carnivore) at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Rekord 08, Glefsende sovende utenfor tiden med en kake i munnen (Gulping sleeping out of time with a cake in the mouth), in collaboration with Olav Benestvedt at UKS/Black Box Theatre, Perform 07, Paris 07, Jordet Organ (Earthed Organ) at the 2007 bachelor degree exhibition at the Stenersen Museum.

ROLLO: Sunday 4th October at 3.30 pm in the Studio.