newsletter spring 2017

This is a modified version of a newsletter I sent out in april this year.

My book “Conversations with spaces” is out!

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178 pages hardcover.
almost 150 pages of full page photos
4 new essays by Anne Szefer-Karlsen, Joost Rekveld, Mitchell Whitelaw and myself.
design by Lasse Marhaug

The book documents ten years of work related to my ongoing Conversations with spaces project.

released at a newly started publishing house in Oslo, uten tittel (from the people behind Teknisk Industri and Orkana forlag).
A big thank you to everyone involved in making the book!

The book can be ordered through the international art book distributor and book shop Motto  and the publisher uten tittel.

If you know of (or work for) an institution/library/shop that you think would be interested in the book, please take contact.

 

I made a film for Vertical Cinema

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Sonic Acts festival 2017, Amsterdam;  www.sonicacts.com

rift is a 35 mm cinemascope film in the vertical format commissioned for Vertical Cinema, curated and produced by Sonic Acts.
The film premiered at this year´s Sonic Acts festival at Paradiso in Amsterdam in the end of February.
It will be part of the exclusive Vertical Cinema program that tours worldwide.
Read more about Vertical Cinema

rift is about petrochemicals, the completely different durations involved in the process from plankton to oil to plastic,
the relation between depth and time through the layers of the earth, the transformation and the forces involved in
turning plants into crude oil, extracting the oil and making plastic which combined with ink (another petrochemical product)
is turned into colourful packaging for consumables, and then thrown away adding to the heap of plastic in the oceans
and in the ground, with a much longer duration than the item it served as packaging for, the person who bought it or the company that made it.
This might sound like a gloomy film, but it is also a film celebrating motion, energy and colour, accompanied by Justin Bennetts groovy soundtrack.
It is my homage to the New Zealand artist and motion-enthusiast Len Lye.

 

Barents (mare incognitum) won the Expanded Media award at Stuttgarter Filmwinter

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I showed my Barents video at two different festivals at the same time in January.
At Klimafestivalen §112 in Oslo as well as at Stuttgarter Filmwinter where it received the Expanded Media Award.

 

Speiling presented at NNKS in Svolvær and in Sortland

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my speiling installation which premiered last fall has been presented at NNKS in Svolvær in February and March, and travelled to Sortland in April, as part of the group exhibition that relates to Gunnar Tollefsens work.

 

 

in transit X in Marseille

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In end of January I was invited by Seconde Nature and ZINC for the Chroniques Festival as part of the launch event of Future Divercities,
to present in transit X at the Alcazar library in the center of Marseille.

 

artist lab at Antifestival

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In october last year I was part of the first Future Divercities artist lab organized by AntiFestival.
Watch a documentary of the lab

 

RAKE visningsrom

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Last winter I was given the opportunity to create both an indoor and outdoor work for RAKE visningsrom in Trondheim.

 

 

Cityscapes screening at VIDEOBOX FESTIVAL / Le Carreau du Temple in Paris on April 26-29th

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hkmark1, shiva, crossings and night for day was part a program at VIDEOBOX FESTIVAL curated by Odile Burluraux, curator of the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, and Corentin Hamel, co-chief executive for the New Galerie, with the focus on artistic representations of the city.

 

 

 

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newsletter september 2016

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

KRISTIANSAND KUNSTHALL
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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

BEACON
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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

SPEILING
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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:
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(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

 

MIKRO
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(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.

 

LIVING EARTH -FIELD NOTES FROM THE DARK ECOLOGY PROJECT 2014-2016
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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

 

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

 

UPCOMING
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

Hi,
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.
http://hcgilje.com/

 

Barents
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(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:
http://nervousvision.com/hcgilje/projects/barents.html

 

The Crossing

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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:
http://nervousvision.com/hcgilje/projects/thecrossing.html

 

Triptych

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
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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.

—UPCOMING—

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

—ONGOING—

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Kunstbanken Hamar, until January 3rd
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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

off-the-grid
Prosjektrom Carl Berner, until November 29th
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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

—COMPLETED—

in transit X
Signal Festival, Prague october
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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
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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

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

more images at flickr

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.

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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.

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Upcoming
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.

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photo: Sigve Lerpold
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photo: Anne Marthe Dyvi

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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Factory Light Festival Slemmestad, september
I showed the light-motion installation spin inside a former cement factory.
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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.
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Kunstverein Springhornhof june-august
This summer the Wind-up birds resided in the beautiful German countryside.

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Frame #2 (Projected Light Object)

The 2nd version of Projected Light Object: Frame at my exhibition at Woodstreet Galleries.

Previous version:

frame #1 at ANX, Oslo Norway 2011

More images of Projected Light Object: Frame

circle #4 (Projected Light Object)

The 4th version of Projected Light Object: Circle at Woodstreet Galleries.

Previous versions:

circle #3 sensxperiment, Lucena Spain 2011

circle #2 Wellington Lux, Wellington New Zealand 2011

circle #1 IMAL, Brussels Belgium 2011

More images of the different circles.