Catrin Andersson, Beyond the Horizon, 2010


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.

The selected artists were: Amund Sjølie Sveen, Åsa Stjerna, Catrin Andersson, Dodda Maggý, Elin Øjen Vister, Goodiepal, Halldór Úlfarsson, Iben Mondrup, Jessie Kleemann and Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir. Associated with Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Svalbard and the Norwegian North, these artists have all developed a common interest for the acoustic quality of their territories, and thus have initiated an gripping new phenomenon, symbolized by the Arctic horizon.

The exhibition venues were hosted in local art centres, which are all committed to a bold contemporary art programming:

LÁ Art Museum, Hveragerdi (Iceland), 19 May – 1 July 2012, part of Reykjavik Arts Festival

http://www.listasafnarnesinga.is, http://www.listahatid.is/en, http://www.independentpeople.is

Ystads konstmuseum (Sweden), 8 September – 21 October 2012


Ecole supérieure d’arts & médias de Caen/Cherbourg (France), 16 November – 14 December 2012, part of Les Boréales Festival

http://www.esam-c2.fr, http://www.crlbn.fr/les-boreales

ARTnord no. 11 2012 presents the artists included in the exhibition, but also Nordic and Baltic sound art in a broader sense. Ásdís Ólafsdóttir (Director of ARTnord) and Emeline Eudes (Chief Editor) were the curators of this project. They were assisted by a curatorial board including Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Ýrr Jónasdóttir, Inga Jónsdóttir, Anne Hilde Neset, Jérôme Rémy and Goran Vejvoda.

HORIZONIC was funded by Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point.