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Lydhørt: Room Tone

Victoria Skogsberg & Magnus Oledal

Room Tone er en befatning med det romlige og den romlige besværligheten. Den tar for seg en gransking av plassen den befinner seg i. Den refererer også til en tilstedeværelse av "stillheten" som spilles inn på et sted når det ikke finnes noen muntlig dialog. Erfaringen av våre omgivelser og virkelighet er fenomenologiske, interne og immaterielle. Utstillingen drøfter dette utgangspunktet gjennom ideer om fravær og nærvær av menneskekroppen, tomme rom, muntlig overskygning, spekulativ realisme, synske opplevelser, tilstedeværelse av sted og objekt.Victoria Skogsberg (f.1977) bor og jobber i Stockholm. Hun jobber med eksistensielle, spirituelle og psykiske erfaringer, med bakgrunn fra Glasgow School of Art og Kungliga Konsthögskolan. Magnus Oledal (f. 1972) bor og jobber i Oslo. Han jobber med skulptur som forholder seg til en bevissthet av ens egen kropp og dens kognitive funksjoner. Han har bakgrunn fra Statens kunstakademi og Kungliga Konsthögskolan. Begge har også bidratt til den nytrykkede publikasjonen med samme tittel, sammen med filosofen Liam Sprods essay "Impossiblities av Space" og en samtale mellom Liv Bugge og Julie Lillelien Porter om videoverket "54 spørsmål til en død magiker". 

“We make doors and windows for a room;

But it is these empty spaces that make the room livable.

Thus while the tangible has advantages

It is the intangible that makes it useful”

As a point of departure the exhibition Room Tone has been concerned with appropriating the spacial awkwardness of the room. It makes an enquiry into the space it is situated. It refers to a presence the “silence” that is recorded at a location when no dialogue is spoken.

The word lydhør translates into a state of attentive- and responsiveness, consisting of both lyd- (sound) and -hørt (heard); linguistically both relating to an audible perception. Though when we are  in a state of lydhørt-ness,– it often implies a deeper state of listening, which goes beyond only the audible. In an awareness of the surroundings that we find ourselves in, the phenomenological, internal and often the intangible are qualities through how we experience our reality.

The development of the exhibition Room Tone discussed a variety of ideas with the artists involved, relating to absence of the human body, empty rooms, silence, verbal overshadowing, speculative realism, psychic experiences, room and object presence. We had an urge to expand on these ideas, at the same time as giving a lot of attention into the actual space where it was to be: the gallery space, then also through an alternative space of a publication.

Room Tone is an installation by artists Victoria Skogsberg and Magnus Oledal. They have also both contributed to the freshly printed publication, together with philosopher Liam Sprod’s commissioned essay “Impossiblities of Space” and a conversation between Liv Bugge and Julie Lillelien Porter about the videowork “54 Questions to a Dead Magician”.

Room Tone is the second exhibition in the joint curatorial project LYDHØRT [2].

[1] Lao, Tzu, Tao Teh Ching, ch.ii (St. John’s University Press, Brooklyn, NY, 1961)

[2] LYDHØRT is a series of four projects developed for Lydgalleriet in Bergen in 2014–2015 by Signe Lidén, Julie Lillelien Porter, Daniela Cascella and Rune Søchting.

Each project is independently devised by each of the participants and developed from collective activities and from an ongoing dialogue. The artitst and activities presented within LYDHØRT pertain to a wide range of languages and formats, from objects to texts, installations to performances, readings and events. This project brings them together through an  attention to the sonic medium, because of its ability to create territories, to evoke memories, and to establish connections between individuals, across and in spite of given formats and disciplines. It is not just the material or sensorial aspect of sound that is in focus, but sound as a complex social, communicative phenomenon. Sound happens “in-between” and involves various types of processes.