UNFOLDING SPACE THROUGH SOUND ART
In 2012 ARTnord organized a touring exhibition, accompanied by a special issue. The aim of the project was to discover an active, committed and unusual sound art scene from the extreme North Atlantic fringes. Whether they amplify the perception of a place, render a new type of silence or speak in unheard voices from the living realm, the works gathered for this exhibition helped rediscover space through the experience of sound. Close or distant, personal or political, human or animal, a gripping phenomenon is arising. An invitation to discover unexpected signals from the Arctic horizon.
With his partiality for open areas and natural environments, Swedish artist Per Svensson (b. 1965) uses nature for inspiration to create works of art which are both complex and poetical. Based on extensive observation of biological systems he realizes sound pieces, live audio and video performances, drawings and unique installations in which science is always close to the occult. Creator of what he calls alchemic platforms, Svensson elaborates new geometrical forms, inspired by the fractal development of nature, and seeks to make new dimensions visible. One example is Bioplex 6, exposed at the Salon de la Jeune création 2011 at the recent artistic site “104/centquarte” in Paris, that is composed of multiple elements and reflects a new stage in the artist’s research.
The issue no. 10, that was released end of June 2010, deals with how art and architecture relate to environmental problems in the Nordic and Baltic countries. After a thorough historical introduction, several themes present a survey of the way in which Nordic artists work on these questions, ranging from subtle perceptions to change of attitude and involved activists. Texts or interviews by specialists highlight the work of confirmed artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Henrik Håkansson, Tea Mäkipää and Rúrí, as well as the implication of the young generation. Reports on the main exhibitions and artistic events organized in relationship with the Climate Change Conference, COP15, complete the issue. The magazine is published in French with extracts of all articles in English.