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Upcoming Offsite Event of 'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness': Goase Dušše revisited

Published 2018/05/18


A sensory walk and a concert encouraging a deep listening to Áillohaš’s The Bird Symphony As part of Singing along to whooper swans – talking with the rocks – Goase Dušše revisited by Elin Már Øyen Vister

Sunday 27 May 2018, 12:00–16:00

Sinober, Lillomarka

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7, 0551 Oslo /

OCA is pleased to announce the upcoming offsite event of the exhibition ‘Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness’: A sensory walk and a concert encouraging a deep listening to Áillohaš’s The Bird Symphony as part of Singing along to whooper swans – talking with the rocks – Goase Dušše revisited by Elin Már Øyen Vister.

The event will feature talks and interventions by invited guests Gjermund Andersen (Chair of Naturvernforbundet – Friends of the Earth Norway), Anders Rimpi (composer) and Hanna Mattila (scholar). Freshly foraged forest herbs and soup will be served by Tokyo Twins and Elin Már Øyen Vister.

Norwegian artist and composer Elin Már Øyen Vister’s new work, Singing along to whooper swans – talking with the rocks – Goase Dušše revisited is the result of their deep-listening research responding to Áillohaš’s celebrated Goase Dušše – Loddesinfoniija (The Bird Symphony, 1992), and reflects upon the process of its creation and its relationship to ecology and music today. The walk will detour through some of Oslo’s last ‘old growth’ forest, focusing on the sounds of the living forest. As the artist states 'With Goase Dušše, Áillohaš wished to bring us the joy of listening to a symphony of the natural world, but at the same time he is sending a severe warning; "Nature is dying!" We will ponder this warning some 26 years later, as we enter a biodiverse old growth forest that our guide Gjermund Andersen will share his intimate knowledge of. He has spent his lifetime protecting old growth forests from logging.'

There will also be moments of listening to poetry by Áillohaš with Sámi literary scholar Hanna Mattila and finally a five minute sonic response entitled 'Emadusjá gus iehkedussjá? (Do you sense that dusk is approaching?)' by Sámi composer Anders Rimpi.

This is an outdoor activity, so please check the weather forecast for the day, and bring appropriate shoes and clothing. Food will be served on site. The event has a maximum capacity limit and consequently guests will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Liv Brissach with the subject line "The Bird Symphony Concert”. This is a child friendly event and suitable for ages 7+. Disabled transport available on request.

Detailed information including travel arrangements will be e-mailed to participants prior to the walk.

Please click here to read more about the Offsite and Closing Events of 'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness'. Information in Sami and Norwegian available.

About Elin Már Øyen Vister
Elin Már Øyen Vister (b.1976 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Røst, Bergen and Oslo, Norway) is a sound artist, composer and DJ. Coming from a sonic background their multidisciplinary work is concerned with listening as an artistic practice and a way of composing, sensing and experiencing the world. Øyen Vister works with field recording, installation, composition, performance, sculpture, live improvisation, radio, sound for film and site specific sound interventions. One of their ongoing projects, Soundscape Røst, investigates and documents the rapidly changing natural and cultural sound environments of the Røst archipelago, as a result of the ongoing global environmental crisis. They are also part of Røst AIR working group – running an interdisciplinary artist in residency and communal workshops exploring the inter-relatedness of Ecology, Queer Thinking and Indigenous Perspectives. Founded in 2012, Røst AIR is situated on tiny island of Skomvær, Røst, Nordland, Sápmi/Northern Norway.

About Goase Dušše – Loddesinfoniija (1992)
The Bird Symphony was conceived by the iconic Sámi artist Aillohas, commissioned by the Music Drama Group/Swedish Broadcasting Corporation (Sveriges Radio). It premiered on Swedish Broadcasting Corporation on 22nd October 1992. This one-hour-long symphony of nature, was composed from a multitude of field recordings registered in different parts of Sápmi and was mixed in Áillohaš’s cottage in Beattet (Pätikkä), on the Finnish side of Sápmi, together with the Swedish sound technician Mikal Brodin. The work was produced by Gunilla Gustafsson (later Gunilla Bresky) and Sven Åke Landström.

About ‘Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness’
The Áltá-Guovdageino Action (c. 1978–82) changed the course of Sámi and Nordic history. This exhibition showcases the role of Sámi artists in the action, and the solidarity of non-Sámi counterparts. It also presents contemporary artistic positions, Sámi and international, exploring the legacy of this Eco-Indigenous uprising today, at a time of growing global Indigenous power.

‘Let the River Flow’ is curated by Katya García-Antón with Antonio Cataldo. The project has been honoured by the guidance of an Advisory Council consisting of Sámi scholars, Prof. Harald Gaski and Dr. Gunvor Guttorm. The exhibition design is the result of discussions between the curatorial team and the Sámi-Norwegian collaboration of the architects A-Lab (Káre R. Anti) and Torsteinsen Design.

Artworks by: Áillohaš/Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Maria Thereza Alves, Jon Ole Andersen, Jimmie Durham, Elle Márjá Eira, Mai-Lis Eira, Aage Gaup, Trygve Lund Guttormsen, Josef Halse, Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen, Rose-Marie Huuva, Berit Marit Hætta, Susanne Hætta, Iver Jåks, Keviselie/Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Joar Nango and Tanya Busse, Rannveig Persen, Synnøve Persen, Máret Ánne Sara, Arvid Sveen, Catarina Utsi and Elin Már Øyen Vister.

For more information about the exhibition please click here.

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a non-profit foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001, with an "arm’s length” policy. Its principle aim is to foster dialogue between the art field in Norway—including Sámi practitioners—and the international arts scene, as well as supporting these artistic figures in their activities around the world. As a result, OCA’s discursive, exhibition, publishing, residency and visitor programmes focus on bringing the plurality of practices and histories at the forefront of international artistic debates to Norway, and participating in such debates both nationally and internationally. OCA has been responsible for Norway’s contribution to the visual arts section of the Venice Biennale since 2001.