newsletter september 2016

it´s been half a year since last newsletter, so I thought it would be time for an update.


I start with my current exhibition at Kristiansand Kunsthall, my biggest solo show so far in Norway, with almost 500 m2 of exhibition space.

I am showing 5 works there: Circle (2011), in transit (2012), revolver (2013), Barents (2015) and the new installation beacon (2016).
The exhibition is a collaboration with punktfestivalen, and also included a performance of mikro in collaboration with Justin Bennett.

You can get a quick overview over the exhibition in this short video:

and plenty of images to be found here

Three light projectors suspended from the ceiling slowly scanning the space.
Each light projector consists of a light that orbits around a container of glass filled with water.
The water and glass works as a lens, focusing the light into a strip of light that moves around, like an inverted lighthouse.

more images

Light projection on a custom built wall and floor.
A black and white form on a red background slowly changing shape and moving along the horizon.
Inspired by Gunnar Tollefsens paintings “rød speiling” and “blå speiling”.
Created for the group exhibition “Mitt Landskap” at Bodø Biennale across three venues: Stormen, Bodø Kunstforening and Bodø Domkirke.

The exhibition presents the paintings and sculptures of Gunnar Tollefsen in the context of younger generation of artists. Here he is in front of my installation:
(photo Siri Tollefsen)

The other artists in the exhibition: Siri Austeen, Johanne Hestvold, Linn Halvorsrød, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Edvine Larssen and Vemund Thoe.

more images


(photo Rosa Menkman and Per Kvist)
For the third Dark Ecology journey which took place in June, I was commissioned together with Justin Bennett to make a new version of our performance collaboration mikro.
Mikro series is an audiovisual improvised performance where we use material found at the location we perform.
For Dark Ecology we collected materials from the whole journey: Pasvik, Nikel, Kola superdeep and from the processing plant in Kirkenes where we performed.
During the performance I use a microscope to examine and capture the textures of the various materials found, while Justin uses various microphones to sample and process sounds he creates from the materials.

Watch the video below to get an impression of the performance at Dark Ecology:

more images

We also got a chance to perform this at Kristiansand Kunsthall as part of punktfestivalen in the beginning of September.

We enjoy this collaboration and would love to do more performances, so please be in touch if you know of a suitable venue/occasion.


The Dark Ecology team has created a beautiful book summing up the three Dark Ecology journeys. I have been so fortunate to be part of all three journeys and I am happy to be included in the book!
Read more about it and how to order


I showed an outdoor version of spin at Øyafestivalen, Norway´s largest music festival that took place in Oslo in mid-august.


Barents will be shown at a one-night event at the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on October 28th. A collaboration between Sonic Acts and the museum.

I will participate in a artist laboratory project at theANTI Festival, Kuopio, Finland end of October, as part of the bigger project “Future DiverCities – Creativity in Urban Context”.

Solo exhibition at Rake Visningsrom in Trondheim in November, really looking forward to doing something at this place.

…and a few unconfirmed projects that will hopefully happen.

newsletter leap day 2016

it´s time for a newsletter on this bonus day, with a look back at the projects I completed at the end of last year and the beginning of this year.

For a quick overview of most of my 2015 activities take a look at the 2015 showreel:

Also I have finally updated my website, please have a look at the projects section.


(photo Lucas van der Velden)

Barents (mare incognitum) is a large-scale projection of the ocean slowly rotating, filmed with my orbital camera. More specifically it´s the Barents Sea, filmed at the border of Russia and Norway, pointing towards the North Pole.
It was shown in Nikel as part of the Dark Ecology journey which took place in the border area between Norway and Russia in the end of November.

In December it was shown for a week at the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

In January it was shown outside Kulturkirken Jakob as part of Klimafestivalen §112.

more images:


The Crossing


Another project for Dark Ecology: Pulses of light passing over an unfinished structure of concrete slabs sticking up from a frozen dam. A total of six lines of light were suspended over the 20x20m area in the industrial zone of Zapolyarny, Russia.

more images:



BEK feirer 15 år

Bergen, 11. desember 2015: Bergen Elektroniske Kunstsenter feirer 15 års jubileum på Landmark. Foto: Eivind Senneset

a live collaboration with phonophani (Espen Sommer Eide) at Bergen Kunsthall Landmark for the 15th anniversary of BEK. Sadly not a lot of documentation from this performance which was the first time I collaborated with Espen. You will hopefully get the chance to hear some of the music in a future release from phonophani.
I used the orbital camera as a live camera for this project with the idea of three different motions for the three different parts in the music: panning, rotation and combining panning and rotation.


Revolver vs Vibratone

On a very cold evening in January lots of people came to RAM Galleri in Oslo to experience my collaboration with sound artist Alexander Rishaug. It was the 4th version of Spaces Speak, audiovisual evenings curated by Ricardo del Pozo and Joakim Blattman. Rishaug created different soundscapes centered around his large Leslie cabinet with a rotating speaker and I showed the light installation Revolver.
You can get an impression from the video here:


ps. while you wait for the next newsletter you could have a look at the whole performance of Voice with Maja Ratkje at Kongsberg Jazzfestival last summer:

newsletter november 2015

It´s been a long and busy autumn for me, but the dark times are not over yet!
Below you will find information about projects just about to happen, ongoing and completed projects since end of August.


Dark Ecology Journey
Kirkenes, Nikel, Zapolyarny, Murmansk nov 26-30th

Just before the climate summit starts in Paris I will take part in the second Dark Ecology journey in the border area between Norway and Russia.

During my residency in September in Nikel and Vardø I ended up with two projects I wanted to realize and thanks to the amazing production team they both seem to be happening!
Both projects are outdoors: In Nikel I will show Barents (mare incognitum), a large-scale projection of the ocean slowly rotating, filmed with my orbital camera. More specifically it´s the Barents Sea, filmed at the border of Russia and Norway, pointing towards the North Pole.

The second installation is the crossing, a light motion installation in a very Stalker-like environment outside Zapolyarny.

Check out the complete Dark Ecology program.

BEK 15th anniversary at Bergen Kunsthall Landmark
Bergen dec 11th
I will be part of the line-up for an exciting evening celebrating Bergen Center for Electronic Arts

Weather report
Amsterdam dec 15th
A cinematographic weather report at the Eye film museum in Amsterdam, with a few projects from Dark Ecology. I will give a presentation of Barents (mare incognitum). In the week ahead of the event, the Barents video will be screened for an hour every day at the EYE.
More information about the event at the EYE site


Kunstbanken Hamar, until January 3rd
For my current soloshow at Kunstbanken I am showing a new version of the projection installation blink as well as the light installation revolver.

more images of blink at flickr

Prosjektrom Carl Berner, until November 29th
A light-motion installation created specifically for the gallery space situated inside the metro station of Carl Berner in Oslo. I have lowered the ceiling by hanging the grids from the existing light fixtures and replaced the lights with moving light pulses.

more images at flickr


in transit X
Signal Festival, Prague october
An outdoor version of in transit X presented in the beautiful courtyard of the Church of Our Lady of Snows in the center of Prague as part of the light art festival Signal Festival.

more images at flickr

flip flop
Galleri Lynx, Sculpture Biennale Norway, october
a kinetic installation with flip dots created for the pavillion of Galleri Lynx in Oslo as part of the Norwegian Sculpture Biennale 2015.
A mechanical repetative motion propagating the room through sound, light and shadow.

more images at flickr

SALT, Sandhornøy autumn 2015
light-motion installation for the winter darkness at SALT, Sandhornøy, Norway

more images at flickr

waiting for the summer: newsletter may 2015

While we are waiting for summer to arrive here in Norway I thought it was time with a little update from me. A few big projects have occupied me the last months, and now I am busy preparing the coming half year.

my second solo show at Wood Street Galleries with the installations flimmer, revolver and spin

Wood Street Galleries consists of two floors of about 175 m2 (1800 square ft) each.

On one floor I created a new installation, flimmer: light and wind passes through a volume of black strips suspended from the ceiling in the white gallery room.

video documentation of flimmer:

On the other floor the walls where painted black, and I created two rooms with half-transparent walls to contain the installations revolver and spin.


Video documentation of revolver and spin at Wood Street Galleries:

The exhibition opened on April 24th and closes on June 21st.

junction: light-motion installation under King Williams Bridge, Adelaide


I was invited to be part of the Blinc program of Adelaide Festival of the Arts which opened end of february. I selected my location because of the beautiful arches of the underpass of the bridge and used that as the departure point for this site-specific installation. You can read more about the project in the link below, which also contains a video documentation and some more images.


video of the installation kile(wedge) presented at Solund Light Art Festival in november 2014

the video wasn´t ready for the previous newsletter, so here it is:

(I am planning to show something at this year´s festival as well!)


upcoming this summer: Maja Ratkje + HC Gilje at Kongsberg Jazzfestival, July 3rd

It´s been a while since our last performance together, and this one is a bit special to me as it is the first time I show work in my city of birth, Kongsberg.

video excerpt from our performance at the Sonica festival in Glascow 2013:


upcoming this summer: light-motion installation at SALT, Sandhornøy, opening August 21st


This is something I am quite excited about: I am making a light-motion installation for a 140m (450 ft) long fish rack designed by Finnish architect Sami Rintala placed on a white sand beach on the beautiful island of Sandhornøy in the north of Norway.


The fall

confirmed activities for the fall includes participation at the Norwegian Sculpture Biennale, two solo shows in Norway, as well as a project for Dark Ecology.

I mentioned a book release in the last newsletter, this is put on hold for a while. If anybody knows about an interesting art book publisher please let me know.


junction: light motion installation under King William Bridge for the Adelaide Festival of the Arts


photos by Paul Armour. For larger versions (and a few more images) go to the junction album on flickr.

I was commissioned to make a new installation as part of the blinc program for the Adelaide Festival of the Arts which took place end of february / beginning of march 2015. Blinc, curated by Craig Morrison and Joel Cockrill, was a series of outdoor projection and light-based art works, including works by Squidsoup and Bordos Artworks among others.

I chose my location based on some images Joel sent me, and I immediately got drawn to the beautiful arches of the pedestrian walkway / bike path underneath the King William Bridge, situated in Elders Park in the center of Adelaide.


The underpass is about 40 m (130 ft) long and 9 m (30 ft) wide with 9 arches. I wanted to work with the space in a similar way to what I did with trace at LIAF and Todays Art, constructing a grid of LED lines that animates and activates the structures of the space, in this case mainly the arches.

The unusual thing about this project for me was that it was a site-specific project where I didn´t have the possibillity to go there myself. I selected the location based on photos and created the setup based on drawings and an idea of how I wanted it to look. I prepared a detailed manual for the construction of the installation and the festival crew did a good job with the remote install.

This was obviously not an ideal situation, as for this type of work I am really interested in a more direct dialogue with the space, leaving room for improvisation and adjustements, and I quite enjoy the manual labour involved in building up installations. Also, not having been there myself makes the project less real somehow, especially since I like to emphasize the physical experience of my installations. That being said I was extremely lucky to get in touch with Paul Armour based in Adelaide who did a great job documenting the installation under difficult conditions. It gave me a chance to experience my own work the way most people do, through images and video published online.

One thing I discovered watching the video documentation was the fantastic soundtrack created by the cars passing over the bridge which I think worked really well with the motion of the light pulses.

circles and lines: newsletter december 2014

The last four months has been a continuation of my interest in working with motion through spaces, objects and landscapes, and the relation between the ephemeral medium of light and physical structures. This has resulted in a series of light-motion installations as well as the development of a completely new series of works called Orbital.


photo:Nik Gaffney
Orbital is based on an idea of exploring spaces and landscapes using a video camera that slowly rotates around its own axes, and captures the world that rotates around it. The camera is like a probe that can be brought along on expeditions in both friendly and unfriendly environments, and is partly inspired by the camera that Michael Snow got constructed for his film La Region Centrale from 1971. Snow´s camera was so big it needed to be flown in with a helicopter to a remote mountain region in Canada, while my expedition camera fits in a small bag and can be used to explore both small and large environments.



A few confirmed activities for next year is my participation at Adelaide Arts Festival with a big new outdoor light-motion installation in end of February, my second solo show at Woodstreet Galleries in April and a book release.

Looking back
Since it´s been a while since my last newsletter I will not go into detail with each project, but I encourage you to check out the video links.
I start with the most recent project and work my way back to the summer.

Solund Light Art Festival November
I showed three installations at this year´s festival: Revolver 2 in Solund Church, spin in the harbour of Hardbakke and kile/wedge on an island in the harbour.
Three artists were invited this year: Viel Bjerkeset Andersen, Ellen Røed and myself.

photo: Sigve Lerpold
spin_solund-nl1 kile02-nl

photo: Anne Marthe Dyvi



Groupshow at Babel: Intervensjoner Trondheim, October

I presented the first video in my orbital series, made using my custom built rotating camera. I filmed inside a gymnastics rehearsal space, recording slow rotational movements of the camera in the space.
The other artists in the show: Book and Hedén, Holm and Jørgensen, Berge and Havneraas, Konow-Lund, Stensland.




in transit X at Kulturkirken Jakob Oslo, October
I showed a large light-motion installation inside the church, a continuation of previous in transit installations.
Laila Kongevoll and Trine-Lise Nedreaas was also part of the exhibition.




Dark Ecology Kirkenes-Nikel, october
I had the chance to participate in the Dark Ecology journey in the border area of Norway-Russia, organized by Sonic Acts and Hilde Mehti. I did some preliminary sketches using my orbital camera.



Todays Art Den Haag, September
I presented a new version of the light-motion installation trace at Todays Art at the beach outside Den Haag in a building that used to be the archive for the war-crime tribunal for former Yugoslavia.



Factory Light Festival Slemmestad, september
I showed the light-motion installation spin inside a former cement factory.



Klangrum 14, Møn, august
I got the opportunity to present 7x7cirkler at Klangum 14, the light installation I created for Else Marie Pade´s 7 cirkler which was initially shown  in the unheard avantgarde section of the Sound Art exhibition at ZKM in 2012.



Kunstverein Springhornhof june-august
This summer the Wind-up birds resided in the beautiful German countryside.


VPT 7 released


After a long development period, VPT 7 is finally out.

The previous version,VPT 6, was downloaded over 20000 times.

VPT 7 is completely rebuilt making it faster, stabler, easier and more flexible to use than previous versions of VPT.

and yes, it is still FREE!

Some of the new features include:

dynamic layers: add the number of layers you need for a particular project.

flexible source setup: create your own mix of quicktime,hap,still and mix modules according to the need of your project (on top of the live, solid and syphon sources).

In the mac version VPT continues to support the syphon framework but has also added support for the HAP codec, an opensource codec that greatly improves playback of high resolution video.

there is a completely new mask editor which lets you add as many mask points as you need.

the cornerpin adjustements of layers have improved, now providing a more correct distortion

the mesh editor is also new, and you can now apply a mesh distortion together with cornerpin distortion (not possible in previous versions).

expanded possibillites with controllers and the cuelist

an optional alternative to the traditional VPT presets using source presets and source playlists.

The download includes a 70 page manual, and there is also a getting started video tutorial available, all from

Please continue to use the VPT forum  for VPT related questions:!forum/vpt-forum