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SPRANG Maia Urstad og Hilde Hauan Johnsen. SPRANG. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Hilde Hauan Johnsen og Maia Urstad
SPRANG

27 November - 31 December 2014

The exhibition will be officially opened by Anne Hilde Neset, artistic director for nyMusikk.

We are delighted to present a fibre-optic sound installation made especially for SOFT galleri. The installation uses the gallery’s window as a resonanating surface, so the sound will also be audible from the sidewalk.

For several years, Hilde Hauan Johnsen and Maia Urstad have colaborated on projects and exhibitions, using new technologies as artistic languages and means. This is also the case for the installation SPRANG, which consists of sound and fibre optics. The starting point for the work is the ancient textile technique called ‘sprang’. Here the technique interfaces with aural phenomena such as overtones, sound waves and vibrations that are based on Pythagorian theories about accoustics and geometry.

As a textile production technique, sprang has been known in the Nordic region since the Bronze Age. It involves only warp threads and can resemble a simple type of weaving. In the installation SPRANG, we do not encounter a physical textile but a composition of sound that metamorphoses into light and activates a network of fibre-optic cables.

Maia Urstad and Hilde Hauan Johnsen have created several fibre-optic sound installations since 2006, presenting them at places such as Kaunas Biennial in Lituania, Lydgalleriet in Bergen, Intervall – Bergen Rådhus (initiated by Curate.no), Article Biennial in Stavanger, Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Nord Norsk Kunstmuseum and Kunstsenteret in Buskerud.

Origionally from Tromsø, Hilde Hauan Johnsen is a professor of textile art at Bergen Academy of Art and Design. In addition to being an active visual artist, she has worked as a scenographer for theatre, music and television productions.
www.hildehauanjohnsen.no

Maia Urstad lives and works in Bergen. She has produced many audiovisual exhibitions in Norway and abroad, most recently at the Marrakech Biennale and at VOLT in Bergen. Also in 2014 she was a guest artist at URRA in Buenos Aires. The last time she presented her works in Oslo was during the Only Connect Festival of Sound, held at at Blå.
www.maia.no

The exhibition is supported in part by Arts Council Norway, BEK-Bergen Centre for Electronic Art, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and Atelier Nord.

SPRANG

Maia Urstad og Hilde Hauan Johnsen. SPRANG.
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

SPRANG

Maia Urstad og Hilde Hauan Johnsen. SPRANG.
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

SPRANG

Maia Urstad og Hilde Hauan Johnsen. SPRANG.
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

SPRANG

Maia Urstad og Hilde Hauan Johnsen. SPRANG.
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

SPRANG

Maia Urstad og Hilde Hauan Johnsen. SPRANG.
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

SPRANG

Maia Urstad og Hilde Hauan Johnsen. SPRANG.
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen