HC Gilje has moved between installation, experimental video, live performance and set design since he graduated from the intermedia department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Trondheim in 1999.
He got a kickstart to his career with a one year residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin 2000-2001. Being a key figure in the live cinema scene from around 2000 (with 242.pilots and various other constellations) Gilje toured extensively throughout the world, while at the same time creating experimental videos presented at various film, art and festival venues. Some of the videos were also released on DVD (242.pilots live in Bruxelles on NYC label Carpark and HC Gilje Cityscapes released on Paris label lowave).
Gilje was also quite active in theater and dance, mainly through his many-year collaboration with choreographer Eva Cecilie Richardsen. Together they established Kreutzerkompani with a yearly production from 2000 to 2006.
In 2006 Gilje changed direction, taking elements from his earlier practice (exploration of physical spaces in his videos, creation of spaces in his stage work and improvisation from his live work) into a longer term project he has called Conversations with Spaces. This project explores, mainly through large-scale installations, perception of change and transformation in the meeting between the ephemeral media of light, projection, sound and motion with physical structures.
This has resulted in a series of installations labeled Projected Light Spaces and Projected Light Objects, as well as outdoor sound installations and more recently light-motion installations like in transit, revolver and trace. These projects have been shown in traditional gallery spaces, outdoors and in more unconventional settings.
Gilje still occasionally performs live, mainly in his collaboration with Maja Ratjkje, and still creates projection and set design for theatre and dance.