08April2015 Exhibition opening and film screening

11.04.2015 The evening starts at Trykkeriet, Fjøsangerveien 70A with exhibition and food 6 p.m – 9 p.m. Followed by a premiere film screening at Landmark at 9:30 p.m (doors open 9 p.m). Afterwards there will be music by Are Mokkelbost (Single Unit, Kill) and Mental Overdrive (DJ set by Per Martinsen).

Material Vision – Silent Reading is a film and series of prints by Espen Sommer Eide, based on the creation of new musical instruments and a performance developed on Bear Island.

At Trykkeriet Espen Sommer Eide will exhibit 6 photogravure prints originally commissioned by KORO / University of Tromsø for the recently opened Faculty of Science and Technology building, in addition to a new installation work. The prints are printed in an edition of 14.


02March2015 A chord is like a scientific instrument probing the universe


The exploded lapsteel – photo: Isabelle Vigier

Performed at Sonic Acts / Stedelijk Musem 2015. From the Sonic Acts blog:

read more – link to full post


20February2015 Antisolar ∞ 7: Phonophani – Epsilon

Released and sold out. Damn those collectors!

Antisolar ∞ series is a small-run endless loop cassettes label. The artists invited present a piece specially designed for this format.These cassettes are handmade one by one. It's a lo-fi product. These type of cassette may not work on every cassette deck since they have no sprocket/teeth. (it should work fine on a vintage two-head design cassette deck. But, for example, it doesn't work on Nakamichi LX-3 or Tascam 122 mkIII). The cassette is meant to last around 10,000 cycles = 500 hours. But you never know. A tape is a tape. 10 copies is not much. But it takes a lot of time to build them. The cassettes will be available exclusively here. Only one copy per person. 

No pre-order / No demo / Thank you

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22January2015 New instrument

Debuts in a new musical performance for Sonic Acts, February 26. More info here


08January2015 Winter events

Happy new year! Some upcoming winter shows:
12. January, Bergen Kjøtt, 20x20x20 collaborative concerts (with Thea Hjelmeland (song), Odd Martin Skålnes (song/gitar), Øystein Skar (synth), Stephan Meidell (gitar), Espen Sommmer Eide (div elektronikk), Øyvind Hegg-Lunde (trommer) Ana Jorge (visuell kunst), Guro Rimeslåtten og Ole Martin Meland (dans)).
17. January (Kvien & Sommer live), Arts birthday, Norrlandsoperan Umeå, Sweden
26. February (musical performance), Sonic Acts (opening at Stedelijk) Amsterdam. 
28. February (presentation of Material Vision – Silent Reading), Sonic Acts conference.

Came across this quote that seems to explain it all:

"I’m thinking about the piece Espen Sommer Eide played in the school in Nikel on Saturday evening. He basically took what I guess was a first inversion of a harmonic minor triad – the kind of chord you play before the tragic resolution of a sad symphony about your deafness, or whatever – and he made it ooze, sort of atonally, a little bit around the edges, and made it bleed a little bit. Then he took the oozing-bleeding and bent it and moved it around and started playing with it. It was as if he took some kind of hard clay and warmed it up and bent it, transmuting it until it became something much more sensual, something that set the stage for what happened next..."
– Timothy Morton, interviewed after the Dark Ecology journey.


10December2014 Structural metaphors of western thought recited in the Vedic style


Voice artist Trine Hylander Friis interpretation of a composition by Espen Sommer Eide. The melodic structure is based on the indian Vedic recital tradition. The list of metaphors used as a “libretto” in the piece, is a system of conceptual metaphors based on Lakoff and Johnsons book "Metaphors we live by" (1980). Some would even go as far as to say they are a universal system of the way we think.

07December2014 Photogravure prints installed at UiT

Finally my series of prints were installed at the Technology building. Thanks to Trykkeriet, Bergen for great collaboration, and Krane for the frames. More official documentation to come soon. (And the release of the short film I made while eye-trekking on Bear Island)



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02December2014 Kvien & Sommer (live)

My new collaboration with Mari Kvien Brunvoll debuts at Landmark on Friday.


02December2014 Rural Reading Room

People ask: What is Rural Reading Room? One cannot discuss trivialities. Open reflection can lead to unknown chemical reactions. Art in the periphery serves local, regional, national or geopolitical goals. Local art is by definition somewhere else. It has to generate, whether it is increased tourism, border problematics, indigenous people issues, arctic oil drilling or ecological growth. The local artist is the useful, well paid idiot. The local has to be something other than itself: art as an interesting project or future prospect. Local history is history without development. The local is unique without being interesting.


It is not easy running the Rural Reading Room. It is also difficult to pronounce. Trying to keep warm, we were forced to burn the table earlier this week. The table has been with us since the beginning, as a site for activities and conversations. Now it needs to be restored. Either we buy a prefabricated, boring table. Or, we try to rebuild the leftovers at the risk of an ugly result.

Rural Reading Room is Espen Sommer Eide, Kristin Tårnesvik, Hilde M. Methi, Morten Torgersrud


Time and place: LM1, Le Maires vei 1 (outdoors), Kirkenes, Norway. Friday 28th of November, 6-7 pm.

www.ruralreadingroom.com


16November2014 Photogravure printing


Photogravure Printing @ Trykkeriet Bergen. Pulled by the master David Stordahl. More info at http://silentreading.tumblr.com/ Music: Alog - Walk the earth

23September2014 Oslo Reviews


So doing work in Oslo has its advantages when it comes to reviews (Norway is a country where all critics live in Oslo and don't like to move much, he noted in a bitter tone). Here are some recent reviews of Korsmos Ugressarkiv and Broen over Gjørme that has been published the last few weeks:

scenekunst.no
kunstkritikk.no
dagsavisen
klassekampen (ugress)
klassekampen (vt)

radio review NRK (vt)
radio review NRK (ugress)


18September2014 Autumn shows

So finally I got some time to play a few concerts again. Visual art is a time vampire I hope to kill. 

11. October Phonophani @ Dark Ecology, Nikel, Russia
5. December Espen Sommer Eide & Mari Kvien Brunvoll @ Utmark, Bergen, Norway

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28June2014 The Distribution of the Audible

Opening as part of "Undertones" exhibition in Maastricht 29. June- 24. August, is my new piece called The Distribution of the Audible. Installed in the cellars of the Minderbroedersberg.

Visit Marres website for more information.

The work is a reflection upon the role of sound in times of unrest and uproar. How is sound distributed from the government down to the individual, and how does the unified voice of the people ecco back to the places of power? Where and how is the structure of sound distributed in society? The main part of the installation consists of a custom made public address sound system constructed of discarded public speakers from various countries and organisations. The speakers, that previously were fixed outside and inside buildings, have been made portable and battery powered so they can easily be moved and displaced to new locations. The frequency of the sound from these speakers is narrow and shrill, and purposly shaped to make a human voice cut through the noise and clamour of a crowded place.

Specially for the "Undertones" exhibition, they are installed in the old monastery and prison cellars of the Minderbroeders. In what used to be places of silent repentance and reflection, the artist has created a site specific sound composition.