Henningsvær, Lofoten
06. Sep 2018
09. Sep 2018

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The Lofoten Sound Art Symposium

September 6th – 9th 2018
Henningsvær, Lofoten, Norway                                           

The Lofoten Sound Art Symposium (LSAS) will be three days and nights filled with live performances, lectures, installations and presentations, everything taking place in the small fishing village of Henningsvær. All events are open and free for all audiences.

Updated program and information please visit: www.lofotensoundart.no

The language of the symposium is english. All events are open and free for all audiences. However, if you are going to attend the day programme during LSAS, we would appreciate if you let us know by registering below.

Contributors: Siri Austeen (NO) / Hanan Benammar (FR/DZ) / Christian Blom (NO) / Anna Ceeh (RU)/ DJ Sissyfus (NO) / Espen Sommer Eide (NO)/ Yngvild Færøy (NO) / Nathan Gray (AU) / Rosanna Gunnarsson (S) / Raviv Ganchrow (US/NL)/ Sten-Olof Hellström (S) / Søssa Jørgensen (NO) / Stefan Klaverdal (S) / Tine Surel Lange (NO) / Rita Leppiniemi (FI) / Andres Lõo (EE) / Elina Waage Mikalsen aka. Juicy Máihlái (Sápmi/NO) / Anders Dahl Monsen (NO) / Arne Skaug Olsen (NO) / Olga Palomäki (FI) / Phonophani (NO) / Alessandro Perini (IT) / Franz Pomassl (AT) / Maria Paz aka. Exotikdot (CO) / Juan Duarte Regino (MX) / Ann Rosén (S) / Jenny Gräf Sheppard (US) / Marloes van Son (NL) / Marko Timlin (FI) / Snorre Magnar Solberg (NO) / Timo Soppela (FI) / Elin Már Øyen Vister (NO) / Danni Zuvela (AU) / Makiko Yamamoto (JP) / More contributors to be announced.


September 6th

Network Meeting (Pre program)
14:00 Musikkhuset, Svolvær

The Network Meeting is a session for pre-registered and invited professionals working in the field of sound art. Please go here to pre-register.

Time and venue TBA, Henningsvær

September 7th

Time and venue TBA, Henningsvær

Talks by invited scholars and artists will give depth to the contexts and histories of sound art.

Andres Lõo: Estonian Sound Art – from lo-fi to hi-fi
Timo Soppela & Rita Leppiniemi (MUU): Sound Art in Finland
Stefan Klaverdal (CY-ContemporarY): Sound Art in Sweden
Christian Blom (director NOTAM): Norwegian Sound Art Today
Franz Pomassl & Anna Ceeh: ⁄S⁄O⁄N⁄I⁄C⁄ ⁄Z⁄O⁄N⁄E⁄S⁄
(Please note: order and time TBC / lunch break in between.)

19:00-02:00 Trevarefabrikken, Henningsvær

Live sound performances by:

Elina Waage Mikalsen aka. Juicy Máihlái
Marloes van Son WATER (adaption of the duo ALOES)
Juan Carlos Duarte Regino Aeolian Artefacts
Olga Palomäki 7am-7pm / 7pm-7am
Snorre Magnar Solberg (DJ set)
(Please note: order and time TBA.)

September 8th

Time and venue TBA, Henningsvær

Artists, curators and scholars present their practices, and shares their thoughts and perspectives on sound art.

Raviv Ganchrow Denaturalized Hearing
Alessandro Perini Site-Specific Listening
Danni Zuvela Why Listen?  
Siri Austeen sounds unsigned – Lyder som Vågan / Lyder som Nordland.

(Please note, order and time TBC / lunch break in between.)

19:00-02:00 Trevarefabrikken, Henningsvær

Live sound performances by:

Rosanna Gunnarson Surfing soundwaves
Jenny Gräf Sheppard Table Trap for Field Noise
Andres Lõo
Maria Paz aka. Exotikdot
DJ Sissyfus
(Please note: order and time TBC.)

September 9th

Time TBA, Svolvær
The curators Danni Zuvela and Karolin Tampere present the sound art exhibition Why Listen to Plants? at the North Norwegian Art Centre. (OBS! this takes place in Svolvær.)

Time TBA, Henningsvær
A short guided hike/walk starting from Henningsvær.

19:00-TBA Trevarefabrikken, Henningsvær

Live sound performances by:
Ann Rosén / Sten-Olof Hellström Graphite Barrier
Tine Surel Lange celloLYD                                                                                                       Anders Dahl Monsen & Arne Skaug Olsen Fermenting Subjects Orchestra                  (Please note: order and time TBC.)


More to hear and see during LSAS

Throughout the Lofoten Sound Art Symposium days you might experience:


nyMusikk Nordland Listening Lounge

Time TBA, Hellandsgata 65, Henningsvær

The listening lounge presents 8-channel sound works by 10 artists. The works have been selected by nyMusikk Nordland after an open call earlier this year.


Audio walk

Where to pick up audio walk gear (NO only) TBA

In Elin Már Øyen Vister’s Dear Henningsvær and the Ocean that Embraces You!
the artist weaves archival radio broadcasts with newly composed music, field recordings, and conversations with locals. Exploring Lofoten’s fishing industry and marine ecosystems of the region, Már Øyen Vister attempts to give a voice Henningsvær’s human and non-human inhabitants and to the coastal Sámi histories of Lofoten. The audio walk and an outdoor sensory tour led by the artist was comissioned for Lofoten International Art Festival 2017.


Sound art exhibition at the North Norwegian Art Centre

10:00-16:00 Tue-Sun, North Norwegian Art Centre, Torget 20, Svolvær

(Obs! Svolvær is 20 min drive from Henningsvær)

A group exhibiton curated by Danni Zuvela (Liquid Architecture, Melbourne) with Karolin Tampere.


New commissions for Lofoten Sound Art Symposium

Søssa Jørgensen & Yngvild Færøy: Radio Podcast
Makiko Yamamoto (commissioned by Liquid Architecture)
Nathan Gray (commissioned by Liquid Architecture)
(More TBA)

How to get here?

For general information about travelling to Lofoten and Henningsvær and accommodation, please consult this page.

Most of our contributors and guests will stay at Henningsvær Rorbuer. To book your accommodation at Henningsvær Rorbuer, please contact: info(at)henningsvar-rorbuer.com and mention “LSAS” in the Subject line.

Day and night program Septemer 7-8 take place in Henningsvær. In Henningsvær everything is within walking distance.

Network meeting September 6th – information and registration

The Lofoten Sound Art Symposium (LSAS) reach out to professional curators and cultural institutions, organizations, and initiatives that have sound art as their common denominator and field of interest. If you would like to participate in the network meeting read more and register here.

Background and partners

LSAS is part of the international network Sound Disturbance started by MUU, C-Y ContemporarY and the North Norwegian Art Centre (NNKS). Lofoten Sound Art Symposium is the third in a series of Nordic sound art events begun in 2016-2018. Past events in the series have been Ääniä muualta – Nordic Soundscapes – Sounds from Elsewhere taking place in Oulu organised by MUU and Sound Disturbance–Hearing the Visual initiated by C-Y ContemporarY in Malmö.

C-Y (ContemporarY) is an artist run interdisciplinary association for contemporary music and sound art in Malmö. Founded in 2007 it arranges music, art events and albums. C-Y curated the network meeting Hearing the Visual in Malmö. C-Y managed an Open call for the LSAS AiR in Sweden upon which a selection of artists and composers were made in dialogue with NNKS. www.c-y.se

MUU is an artist run, Finnish interdisciplinary artist association founded in 1987. It represents and promotes experimental artistic forms such as media art, performance, video, sound and other modes of cultural production. MUU organised the Ääniä muualta – Nordic Soundscapes – Sounds from Elsewhere in Oulu 2016 and managed the LSAS AiR Open call for Finland upon which a selection of artists were made in dialogue with NNKS. www.muu.fi

The North Norwegian Art Centre (NNKS) is a regional centre for visual art, comprising the entire region of Northern Norway. The art centre’s office, gallery and artist residency is located in Svolvær, Lofoten. NNKS supports projects and regional initiatives in the field of visual art and runs an extensive programme throughout Northern Norway. NNKS selects the Norwegian participants of the LSAS AiR.

nyMusikk Nordland works to promote music and sound art through a series of concerts, lectures, meetings, screenings, performances and festivals aiming to increase interest in the field of sound art.

Lydgalleriet is an exhibition platform for sound art and sound related art practices, situated in Bergen, Norway. We explore today’s plethora of experimental sound based art practices and auditive cultures through gallery shows, concerts, workshops and interventions in public space. Lydgalleriet was initiated by a group of musicians, sound artists and art historians in 2005 and founded formally in 2007. www.lydgalleriet.no

In addition to the Nordic partners, LSAS has the pleasure to collaborate with Melbourne based Liquid Archi­tec­ture which is an Aus­tralian organ­i­sa­tion for artists work­ing with sound. LA inves­ti­gates the sounds them­selves, but also the ideas com­mu­ni­cated about, and the mean­ing of, sound and lis­ten­ing. Their pro­gram stages encoun­ters and cre­ates spaces for sonic expe­ri­ence, and crit­i­cal reflec­tion on sonor­ity and sys­tems of sonic affect. In conjunction with LSAS they have commissioned two new works by artists Nathan Gray and Makiko Yamamoto. www.liquidarchitecture.org.au

Why a symposium on sound art now?

As organizers in the field of contemporary art, we have observed that sound art for the past few years has become an expression increasingly presented, as well as popular, among visual artists and audiences. Despite this, there is still a need for initiatives and conversations that highlight and discuss what it is. One can find practitioners who have their roots in visual arts as well as in music as composers and performers.

Sound art has attracted great interest and is currently found at major festivals and art exhibitions all over the world. The Lofoten Sound Art Symposium’s thematics and activities will primarily be informed by the participating artists’ practices. However, taking place in the surroundings of Lofoten islands and taking a cue from the practice of some of the most interesting recent and ongoing work in the field of sound art, the program will have a special focus on sound and nature.

This will provide several interesting, presently crucial entry points, not least by bringing out aspects of listening. The landscape of Lofoten is widely known for its aesthetic qualities. Images of its surroundings are being reproduced and distributed extensively. In parallel to this often romanticized image, the archipelagos are places in transformation, grounds where fishing- and tourism industries alongside increased interests in oil drilling are being played out. What do this land and waterscape tell or reveal through their sounds?

Lofoten Sound Art Symposium contacts

Karolin Tampere (Curator, North Norwegian Art Centre): karolin@nnks.no
Svein Ingvoll Pedersen (Director, North Norwegian Art Centre): svein@nnks.no

Press enquiries
Karolin Tampere (Curator North Norwegian Art Centre): karolin@nnks.no

Our supporters and funders

Lofoten Sound Art Symposium is generously supported by Nordic Culture Point and Nordic Culture Fund and has received support from The Austrian Embassy in Oslo, The Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Creative Victoria. The North Norwegian Art Centre receives operational support from Arts Council Norway, the counties of Finnmark, Troms and Nordland and the municipality of Vågan.




Partner organisations


MUU Artists association