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.
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 Artist in Residence
As an initiative from the Sound Disturbance network, LSAS will be hosting a short term Artist in Residence program for sound artists. 12 artists have been selected from a pool of applications responding to an open call. 12 artists have been invited to Lofoten joining a program for 10 days. All LSAS AiR artists are performing as part of LSAS live sound performance night program.
Lofoten Sound Art Symposium contacts
Karolin Tampere (Curator, North Norwegian Art Centre): firstname.lastname@example.org
Svein Ingvoll Pedersen (Director, North Norwegian Art Centre): email@example.com
Karolin Tampere (Curator North Norwegian Art Centre): firstname.lastname@example.org
Team of LSAS
Jonas Skarmark LSAS Head technician for the production of our live performances with assistance from Eirik Hunnes. Food will be prepared and served by artist and chef Øyvind Novak Jenssen with art and film students Magnus Holmen and Fredrik Johansen. Production assistance by Berte Ynnesdal and the main driver is art and filmschool student Sanjey Sureskumar. Jaan Evart is the designer behind LSAS posters and web page.
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 Viktoria in Australia.
The North Norwegian Art Centre receives operational support from Arts Council Norway, the counties of Finnmark, Troms and Nordland and the municipality of Vågan.