News, 5 September: The exhibition period has been extended by almost one month, and the show will now be open until Sunday 9th. October.
The Atmospherics part 5: Stop, Hey, Watch That Sound is a new installation by Trond Lossius and Jeremy Welsh, the fifth in a series that started in 2014. The Atmospherics is an artistic research project that takes as a starting point field recordings in sound and video. Materials has been recorded at many locations in Norway, capturing a wide variety of landscapes and cityscapes. Locations are chosen for their special qualities, very often exploring contrasts between nature/culture, near/far, large/small, light/dark, and so on. As the title "The Atmospherics" indicates, this is a project that aims to capture some essence of a particular place, through its peculiar characteristics and resonances, and then the material gathered in different places is manipulated and combined, to create a synthesis. The installation thereby becomes not a record of a specific place, but rather an amalgam of elements of different places and a space in which the visitor may contemplate and may construct their own personal reading of the work, based on the ir own memories, experiences and perceptions.
This is the largest installation to date, in the largest space we have exhibited in so far. The work features a 20 loudspeaker surround sound system which will immerse viewers in a total auditory landscape. Visually, the work utilises eight projections, as well as images on two UltraHD 4K tv screens, to create a multi-faceted experience of space. Material in the installation will be drawn from all phases of the project, with images and sounds from Sogn & Fjordane, Hardanger, The Bergen region, Trondheim & Nord Trøndelag and Lofoten. Taking as a starting point the tradition of Expanded Cinema, the work explores multiple layers of reference in image and sound, mixing and colliding the representational with the abstract or synthetic.
On the opening day of the exhibition, the Bergen-based group Bergen Barokk played a short concert in the museum foyer before the opening and then a fifteen minute improvisation within the installation, responding to the images and sounds of the artwork.
In early september there will be a seminar on video art at the museum with art historian & author Marit Paasche. More information will follow.