The Atmospherics is one of the ongoing collaborative projects of Trond Lossius and Jeremy Welsh. Through field recordings they capture unique qualities from different natural landscapes and urban areas. The recorded audio and video material is then filtered, edited, modified and mixed to highlight some characters or to mute others. The intention is not to document the sites, but rather to build a database of audiovisual material that is combined in different ways in their installations, where each assembly becomes a “temporary place”, constructed of impulses from different geographical areas.
Since 2014, the project has moved from Bergen, Trondheim, Arendal, Førde, Utne and Campania, Italy, where it has been presented in various installations with multi-screen video and multi-channel audio. An earlier version was presented at Heimdal Kunstforening in 2016, and the last version, #8, was conveyed at Gallery Entrée in Bergen early 2019.
Lossius and Welsh have collaborated in various situations and combinations since 2004. Together with the painter Jon Arne Mogstad, in the group LMW, they produced a series of experimental installations that combined sound, digital images and painting. Lossius and Welsh were also leading the artistic research project “Re: place” at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2012-2013.
The Atmospherics 9 (A Blue Million Miles) is a customised remix from material from the whole project so far, and consist of projected and screened video together with a four channel sound installation.
The Atmospherics series is supported by Arts Council Norway, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, Trondheim municipality, Bergen municipality and BEK – Bergen center for electronic arts.