For Living Earth, Sonic Acts and Hilde Methi have been collaborating with a number of Norwegian and Russian partners in order to further the conversations on the topics addressed through the Dark Ecology commissioned artworks that took place between 2014 and 2017. The aim here has been to increase the visibility and impact of the artistic output, and to present the thoughts and ideas of the original project to a wider audience. Some pieces are presented unchanged, albeit within new surroundings, whereas others showcase new work that is representative of the artists’ continued processing of the materials. Throughout Spring 2018, a series of Dark Ecology commissions, workshops, and discussions will be presented in venues and in association with several partners. These events include: Inversia Festival in Murmansk with Fridaymilk, SALT in Oslo, Terminal B in Kirkenes with Pikene på Broen, and Landmark/Bergen Kunsthall in Bergen. Living Earth 2018 is realised with generous support from Arts Council Norway, BarentsKult, Creative Industries Fund NL, PNEK – Production Network for Electronic Art Norway, and WE Jansenfonds.
1 – 3 February, Murmansk
The audiovisual festival, Inversia, organised for the second time by the Dark Ecology partner Fridaymilk, is the first of its kind in the European Arctic. It represents a platform for researching the phenomenon of darkness, coldness and isolation, and it aims to bridge the gap between traditional culture and new media and DIY culture. Here, Living Earth will showcase works by BJ Nilsen, Justin Bennett, and the Vertical Cinema, with screenings of seven experimental films made for the vertical screen format. Living Earth will also offer two workshops; a Critical Writing Academy, and a Field Recording Lab.
8 February – 13 May, Oslo
SALT is a nomadic arts venue that launched in Sandhornøy in Northern Norway in 2014. In 2017, it opened at Oslo harbour, just opposite the Opera House in Bjørvika. Inspired by the traditional fish drying structures used on the Norwegian coast, SALT’s architecture points back to its original site: to the ocean and to the environmental concerns surrounding it. Living Earth will present seven Dark Ecology commissions at SALT, including both durational pieces occupying the SALT structures, as well as performances. This showcase will include works by BJ Nilsen, HC Gilje, Justin Bennett, Jana Winderen, Tatjana Gorbachewskaja & Katya Larina, Signe Lidén, and Cecilia Jonsson.
4 May – 2 June, Kirkenes
Opened in 2017, Terminal B is a new project space in the heart of downtown Kirkenes. It is run by the arts organisation Pikene på Broen - a pioneer of cross-border arts collaborations in the Barents Region and beyond. Here, Living Earth will showcase two parallel solo shows by Justin Bennett and Cecilia Jonsson which have each progressed to new conceptual stages from their origins within Dark Ecology.