Anne Katrine Senstad’s ‘Radical Light – Elements VI’ opens at the Seinäjoen Taidehalli in Seinäjoki, Finland on June 16, 2021. The installation is accompanied by a sound composition by JG Thirlwell enveloping the vast light sculptural matrices and the sensory chamber in a unifying sensation of vastness and electric impulses of spatial noise and poetic grandeur!
The new freq_out LP contains the studio mix and a live recording of the first permanent installation of a freq_out piece called freq_out 1.2 ∞ SKANDION. The multi-channel work is up and running in the entrance garden at the Skandion Klinik, a new hospital for cancer treatment in Uppsala, Sweden.
The freq_out project has existed since 2003, when Carl Michael von Hausswolff was invited to Copenhagen to invent and install a sound-art installation. He divided up the audible sonic register into 12 parts and asked 12 artists, musicians, composers, and architects to each accept one of the 12 parts and compose a sonic piece from it. The result became 12 compositions/artworks that were simultaneously played on 12 different sound systems in the art space of Charlottenborg, thus becoming one piece. Since then, freq_out has also been installed in Oslo, Berlin, Paris, Budapest, Chiang Mai, Kortrijk, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Marrakesh.
The artists who contributed to the work are Jana Winderen, Maia Urstad, Christine Ödlund, Brandon LaBelle, JG Thirlwell, Petteri Nisunen, Tommi Grönlund, The Sons of God, Franz Pomassl, Anna Ceeh, Mike Harding, Finnbogi Pétursson, BJ Nilsen, Jacob Kirkegaard, PerMagnus Lindborg, and Carl Michael von Hausswolff. It’s released on Sep 25 2015 by Ash International and you can order it from Touch in Europe or Forced Exposure in the US.
freq_out 1.2∞(skandion) will be the first permanent freq_out sound installation. It will be installed in the small garden at the new Skandion Clinic for cancer treatment in Uppsala, Sweden, and inaugurated in the fall of 2014. The following artists will contribute to the sound installation : Tommi Grönlund / Petteri Nisunen, Mike Harding, Jana Winderen, Finnbogi Petursson, Anna Ceeh / Franz Pomassl, Jacob Kirkegaard, The Sons of God (Kent Tankred / Leif Elggren), BJNilsen, Maia Urstad, JG Thirlwell, Brandon LaBelle, Christine Ödlund, Permagnus Lindborg and artist curator Carl Michael von Hausswolff. The project curator is Lotta Mossum and project organizors are Tomas Nilsson and Akademiska Hus.
The Skandion Clinic is the first clinic for proton therapy in Scandinavia. Proton therapy makes it possible to treat cancer more effectively and with fewer side effects than with conventional radiation therapy. The clinic is located in Uppsala, Sweden and the first patient is expected to be treated in 2015. The clinic is designed at present for treatment of 1000 patients per year, but with an option of future expansion.
The artists of freq_out feel very honored to contribute to this project.
JG Thirlwell will be in Kaliningrad, Russia from May 24-26 2012 for the Sound Around Kaliningrad Festival, an International Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art. JG will have a new six channel sound installation on display, entitled “Otitis Interna”. In addition he will do a performance and lecture.
Describing “Otitis Interna”, Thirlwell said : “When I was presented with the image of the room in Kaliningrad where my sound installation would be housed, I felt it evoked a sonic landscape of wood and organic matter, of work and anxiety, of memory and loss trapped in the grain and the walls. I sought to examine and paint these ideas with sound. I sourced and arranged a sonic palette into a six channel spatial environment/composition of musique concrete to convey these ideas into the space. Adding blacklight as the sole source of illumination in the room added a twist of disorientation which is meant to invoke an x-ray.”
Other participants in the Festival this year include Jacob Kirkegaard, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jana Winderen, Kiwa, Greta Christensen & Camilla Sørensen a.k.a. Vinylterror and Horror,Mats Lindstrom, Robert Piotrowicz, Vladimir Tarasov, Maksims Shentelevs, Hanna Hartman, John Grzinich and Jelena Glazova, as well as Kalinigrad musicians Kratong, Danil Akimov, Nikodim, Sergey Sorokin, Kraynost, Not a mind, StirliTZ and more. The festival will take place in many sites around the city, including the Kaliningrad Zoo. There will be concerts, performances, installations, workshops, screenings, audio broadcasts, interventions in public spaces and an open record library.
JG Thirlwell has been working in an ongoing series of collaborations with Anne Senstad over the last eighteen months.Her video projections are site specific installations merging and intervening with architecturally unique spaces such as St Brigid’s deconsecrated Cathedral and The Locker Plant in Marfa, Texas, and even out amongst nature as in her projections in Xilitla, Mexico.
Their first piece together was Color Kinaesthesia, where JG created a four channel audio work to accompany Senstad’s color and light video projection of the same name. A reworking of the audio, simply titled “Kinaesthesia”, appears on the Manorexia album Dinoflagellate Blooms in stereo and surround sound. For a further color and light meditation, Kinaesthesia for Saint Brigid, JG made a four channel reworking of the Manorexia classic “Chloe Don’t Know I’m Alive”. In a further iteration, The Locker Plant Projections also uses the “Chloe” soundtrack, and consists of a filmed projection of the Color Kinaesthesia piece, reprojected onto Donald Judd‘s famous building in Marfa, TX , The Locker Plant.
Senstad’s latest piece is The Sugarcane Labyrinth . This is a film document of an agricultural Land Art project in which Senstad leased some farmland in Louisiana and grew a field of sugarcane. She then chopped a maze out of the dense growth, and documented the entire process on film, including leasing a helicopter and filming it from above. Thirlwell composed an original score for this work.
The works have exhibited at Thisisnotagallery in Buenos Aires, Utsikten Kunstsenter in Norway, St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and The Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Stiftelsen 3,14 in Bergen, The Museum of Modern art of Ukraine and elsewhere.
The Locker Plant Projections will travel to Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid in April.
“The exhibition The Infinity of Color represents Anne Katrine Senstad’s new body of work focused on light, color and sound. She has created a labyrinthian space of projections and sound that examine the phenomenology and the notions of sensorial aesthetics and experiences of light, color, sound, ocular perceptions, spatial relations and awareness of the process of perception through multi channel projections and the dimensional properties of surround sound. The piece is meditative, pulsating and hypnotic in its simplicity of light, color and sound environments.” – from exhibition catalog, Thisisnotagallery, Buenos Aires.
JG Thirlwell’s four channel sound installation piece “Krzysztl” (pronounced “crystal”) will be in a 4 channel sound gallery in the contemporary art arena at the Latitude Festival, UK. The festival runs from July 15-18 and Thirlwell’s piece, previously featured at the Enter exhibition at Tou Scene in Norway, will play on July 17. On the same day they will be playing sound pieces by Kim Gordon, Carsten Nicolai and Matmos. During the festival, the sound art tent will also host pieces by Oren Ambrachi, Pauline Oliveros, Camille Norment, Charlemagne Palestine, Stephen O’Malley and more . The sound tent is curated by Ben Borthwick , Anne Hilde Neset and Louise Gray .
Located in Suffolk, England, the Latitude festival features music, theater, opera, literature, poetry and more, and will feature performances by Belle and Sebastian, Grizzly Bear, Crystal Castles, Tom Jones and many more.