Signe Lidén & Espen Sommer Eide – Altitude and History

Premiere Dark Ecology Journey 10 June 2016 Nikel, RU www.darkecology.net Altitude and History is a work by Signe Lidén & Espen Sommer Eide, commissioned by Dark Ecology 2016. Espen Sommer Eide and Signe Lidén took participants on an evening trek in the mountains above Nikel, where they investigated the acoustic phenomena in relation to the topography of the area while relating them to the local history. Eide and Lidén had their specially developed mobile, meteorological music instruments with them, which they installed and activated at various places during the trek. Listeners heard that wind, weather, atmospheric pressure and the temperature of the air, as well as the refraction, diffraction and reverberation of the landscape all affect sound and its propagation in the air. Eide and Lidén mapped the history of the area vertically, from the ground up, into the different atmospheric strata. This history is shaped and moved by the weather conditions at different altitudes. What is the height of history? Espen Sommer Eide Espen Sommer Eide (NO) is a musician and artist from Tromsø. As Alog (with Dag-Are Haugan) and Phonophani he has been among the most prominent representatives of experimental electronic music from Norway. He has also produced a series of site-specific pieces and artworks. He had a solo exhibition, Dead Language Poetry, at Bergen. Espen Sommer Eide has also been involved in a series of art and archival projects associated with topics relating to the Barents and Arctic regions in Northern Norway. www.sommer.alog.net Signe Lidén Signe Lidén (NO) is an artist based in Bergen. Her installations and performances examine man-made landscapes and their resonance. She is interested in how places and their histories resonate: in memory, through narratives and various materials, and as ideological manifestations and political territories. Her work spans sound installations, sculpture, video and performance, to more documentary forms such as sound essays and archives. www.signeliden.com

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