Sound Disturbance

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. Local partners for LSAS are Lydgalleriet and nyMusikk Nordland. LSAS also hosts two new works commissioned by Liquid Architecture, Melbourne.

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.

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.

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. nyMusikk Nordland will present a Listening Lounge as part of LSAS. 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.

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.

In addition to the Nordic partners, LSAS has the pleasure to collaborate with 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.