ORE focuses on the audio dimensions of contemporary mining techniques, ranging from deep time (geological and evolutionary processes occur on profoundly different timescale than those we deal with in our daily lives) to the Anthropogenic Now, as the harvesting and re-shaping of the Earth through mining will have major environmental consequences which will be evident far into the Deep Future. ORE invites the audience to stretch their perception of how we relate to sound; with regards to the erosion of sound, rhythm and musicality within objects, architecture and even the landscape. The acousmatic experience opens up a new way of listening and guides the listener to discover the path from the sound to the musical. ORE will be performed in its full acousmatic potential at Présences Électronique at GRM in Paris in early 2019 and will be released by De Player Rotterdam as LP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 27 May 2018, 13.00 – 19.00 at Extrapool, Nijmegen (NL)

a durational live performance by BJ Nilsen

Voluntary entrance fee

ORE explores the audio aspect of mining, stemming from the fascination of how such an old technology – rooted in pre-historic

times – still provides a majority of the resources for our high tech society. ORE is inspired by indigenous monumental art as well as contemporary Earthworks. In both cases, soil, landscape and Earth serve as a canvas: blocks of rock can be shaped into new meanings and tell stories.

The six hour live performance takes you onto a journey from deep time onto the present and into the future, using electronics and field recordings originating from former and current mining sites in IJmuiden and Heerlen, Kirkenes (NO), Murmansk (RU) and Most (CZ).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BJ Nilsen

Уголь 2018
5’59” (4 speakers, loop)
Source material: Coal trains, Murmansk Railway Station, 29.11.2015, Coal house Kirkenes, 10.03.2018
Installation for Kullbingen Open on 12 March, 17:00-18:00 hrs
With thanks to the Creative Industry Fund NL
The Coal House at Le Maires vei 1, Kirkenes will open its doors for the very first time on Monday 12 March 2018 at 17:00 hrs premiering the sound installation Уголь. Kullbingen is open on Monday 12 March from 17:00-18:00 hrs.

 

Artist talk at Terminal B

Dr Wessels gate 14
Kirkenes, 9900
Norway

BJ Nilsen is currently in Sør-Varanger to research and gather material for his ORE project, which started off with an interest in the audio realm of mining, rooted in the fascination of how such an extremely old technology rooted in pre-historic times still provides a majority of the resources for our high tech society. ORE is conceptually inspired by indigenous (monumental) art as well as contemporary Earthworks. In both cases, soil, landscape and Earth serve as a canvas: blocks of rock can be shaped into new meanings and tell stories. In the auditory realm, the sound of the landscape, the sound of the use of land and the exploitation of minerals, rocks and soil form the acoustic ‘canvas’ re-enacted through a sound system.

In conversation with curator Hilde Methi, BJ Nilsen will give a work-in-progress insight into his work, and talk about using sound as research methodology.

With thanks to the Creative Industry Fund NL, Sonic Acts, de Player & Extrapool.