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).
Artist talk at Terminal B
Dr Wessels gate 14
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.