In this collaboration with nyMusikk, Jana Winderen has created a new sound piece based on the communication between rats.
Parallel to the world of people is another bustling society – a world of rats. Some of their communication with each other cannot be registered by human ears, as it is located in an ultrasound frequency range – over 20.000 Hz.
A stone’s throw from the white-marbled Opera house, and based on the hypothesis that rats serenade one another with love songs, Jana Winderen will record the ultrasonic landscape of Bjørvika and slow the sound down to human hearing levels. Based on her fieldwork and findings, she will create a new multichannel composition for Munchmuseet on the Move 2017 with spatial audio software by Tony Myatt (University of Surrey). The new, multi-channel sound piece will be installed at the mouth of Akerselva, where the river meets the sea in this rapidly developing district of Oslo.
17.00-18.00 Museum Director Stein Olav Henrichsen and artist Jana Winderen. Trelastgata (under Nylandsveien, by the railroad tracks)
Welcome to the opening of Lost Museum - Department of Humans with guided tour by the exhibition curator Charles Esche, Director for Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands.
The Lost Museum is a pop up museum that is touring various parts of the world in different forms and formats. While the exhibitions are unique, the concept is always the same: to break established boundaries and categories, and to display art, historical documentation, everyday objects and curiosities side by side, challenging the idea of what a museum can or should be.
In Oslo, this project is entitled The Lost Museum – Department of Humans. The exhibition is composed of objects from different archives and museum collections from all over Norway, and explores the way in which Northern European culture has defined and redefined what it means to be a human being.
Artworks by Theodor Kittelsen, photographs of paranormal and psychic phenomena, masks, and medical equipment are displayed next to children’s toys, documents from the German occupation, and pictures illustrating rituals from earlier times.
Join us as we reflect on the human dimensions of art that connect us with stories forgotten or previously unrevealed.
Artist Merete Røstad, whose work Chamber is currently on view outside the Munch Museum, and curator Mary Jane Jacob, known for her site-specific, community-embedded projects, will offer examples from their own practices under the themes of Memorialization, Collaboration and Creative Chaos. The Q&A will be moderated by Natalie Hope O’Donnell.
The seminar and the publication are both free. Entrance to the Lecture Hall of the Munch Museum from 13.30.
The seminar will be held in English.
About the speakers
Mary Jane Jacob is a curator and writer who pioneered public, site-specific, and socially engaged art in the US as a shared practice and public discourse in the 1990s with projects such as Places with a Past: New Site-specific Art in Charleston, the Spoleto Festival (1991); Culture in Action: A Public Art Program of Sculpture Chicago (1992–1993); and Conversations at the Castle: Changing Audiences and Contemporary Art in Atlanta (1996). Since then she has undertaken research projects that illuminate art’s relationship to audiences with such books as Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art (2004); Learning Mind: Experience into Art (2009); Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society (2012); The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists (2010); and the Chicago Social Practice History series (2014-ongoing). Her next book, on John Dewey, will be published in 2018 by the University of Chicago Press. Jacob holds the position of Professor and is the Director of the Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice as well as the Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Merete Røstad is a visual artist, lecturer, and curator whose projects are rooted in examinations of publics, collective memory, remembrance, and archives. Frequently engaging with public space and communities, her process-based practice explores our everyday exchanges with the histories inscribed in our surroundings, and how we come to read the traces that are left behind. During the course of her fellowship, Røstad initiated the projects Peoples Palace, Positions of Protest, and Chamber. Each examines the social and political significance of site as a starting point for thinking about collective memory of place, and to activate alternative modes of memorialisation in public space. Røstad holds an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies program from Bauhaus University and a BA in Fine Arts from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in public space, festivals, galleries, and museums. Røstad lives and works in Berlin and Oslo and is currently an Artistic Research Fellow in the department of Arts and Crafts at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
a diverse soundscape – what’s your favourite sound in the city? What
can we learn about our cities by listening? Get to know Jana Winderen
and Chris Watson’s artistic practices through the seminar Sounds of the
Watson will be presenting the sound installation Inside the Circle
of Fire: A Sheffield Sound Map, and Jana Winderen will be
giving an introduction to some of her field recordings of whales, fish, bats
and rats, and from the marginal ice zone. The seminarwill culminate in a
conversation between Winderen and Watson, opening the discussion up to the
seminar will be held in English. It is free to attend, and everyone will
receive a complimentary copy of the publication Jana Winderen, Rats –
Secret Soundscapes of the City. Entry to the Munch Museum
from kl. 13.30.
of the City is held in connection
with Jana Winderen’s most recent project Rats – Secret Soundscapes
of the City, a sound installation under the bridge in Trelastgata
1 in Bjørvika. The project is part of Munchmuseet on
the Move, and is a collaboration between the Munch Museum and nyMusikk.
The conversation will be moderated by the curators of the project Rats – Secret Soundscapes of the City: Anne Hilde Neset, former artistic director of nyMusikk, and Natalie Hope O’Donnell, curator for Munchmuseet on the Move.
Chris Watson is a pioneer in the recording of sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. His television work includes David Attenborough’s Life series and the BBC series Frozen Planet. Watson was a founding member of the influential
Sheffield based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire during the late
1970’s and early 1980’s. Since then he has developed a particular and
passionate interest in recording the sounds of animals, habitats and
atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance composer and sound recordist
Watson specialises in creating spatial sound installations which feature a
strong sense and spirit of place. His television work includes many programmes
in the David Attenborough ‘Life’ series including ‘The Life of Birds’ which won
a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996, and as the location sound
recordist on the BBC series ‘Frozen Planet’ which also won a BAFTA Award for
‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012). Watson has recorded and featured in many BBC Radio
4 productions including The Ice Mountain, The Reed Bed, Jules
Verne's Volcano, The Ditch, The Listeners and The Wire, which
won him the Broadcasting Press Guild’s Broadcaster of The Year Award (2012).
His music is regularly featured on the BBC Radio 3 programme Late Junction.
In 2013 Watson received a Paul Hamlyn Composers Award. His installations have
been commissioned by international galleries and festivals such as Sheffield
Millennium Gallery; Opera North in Leeds; The National Gallery, London; The
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Louvre in Paris; and the Aichi Triennial in
Winderen is an Oslo-based artist who creates immersive multi-channel
installations and concerts, which she has performed all over the world. She was
educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, and has a background in
mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology from the University in Oslo. Previous
projects include an installation in Park Avenue Tunnel, New York City (2014),
and MoMA New York (2013). She was awarded the Golden Nica for Digital Music
& Sound Art at Ars Electronica in 2011. Other commissions in 2017
include the TBA21-Academy, Sonic Acts in Amsterdam, The V-A-C Foundation in
Moscow and Borealis festival in Bergen. She releases her audio-visual works on
Laurie Anderson will present a new musical performance based on Edvard Munch’s pictures. Anderson will reflect upon and visualize the themes of the exhibition in her characteristically playful and generous manner.
Laurie Anderson is an American avant-garde artist whose work spans performance art, pop music, and multimedia projects. Last year she was in Oslo presenting her film Heart of a Dog.
Meet current authors and artists who will reflect on the exhibition Towards the Forest - Knausgård on Munch, by opening up for a closer dialogue between different art forms. Among the contributors are names like Laurie Anderson, Karl Ove Knausgård, Ben Lerner, Aasne Linnestå and Jenny Hval.
Thursday 28 September
19:00 Aasne Linnestå Floratorium with Frode Haltli 19:45 Open mic: Sara Sølberg, Leander Djønne and Ingvild Lothe 21:00 An evening with Laurie Anderson (ticket for the performance here) 21:00 DJ – Ando Woltmann in the café
Friday 29 September
15:00 Maggie Nelson and Karl Ove Knausgård in conversation with Ane Farsethås 16:00 Karl Ove Knausgård and Ben Lerner in conversation
Saturday 30 September
12:00 Ben Lerner, Vibeke Tandberg and Karl Ove Knausgård in conversation 13:00 Tone Hødnebø and Lotte Konow Lund in conversation 14: 00 Maggie Nelson and Jenny Hval in conversation
The literary days are a collaboration between Karl Ove Knausgård, The Big O and the Munch Museum.