RHIZOMATIC NODES BERLIN MAY 2017

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Richard Giblett Recent work : 2006-2009 Represented by Galerie Dusseldorf 21. Mycelium Rhizome, 2009 Pencil on paper 120 x 240 cm Collection of the artist Represented by Galerie Dusseldorf

RHIZOMATIC NODES 

Building on the experiences of Far North that gathers international artists in Greenland,

Far North Rhizomatic Nodes will bring emerging artists from Greenland to central Europe. The Rhizomatic Nodes serve as preparation and research sessions for artistic ideas and projects that will be further developed under the Disko Arts Festival.

FAR NORTH lays emphasis on connecting a young generation of artists from Greenland and the remaining Nordic countries with each other and international counterparts. The Rhizomatic Nodes further expand on the activities of the Diskotek Session, but bring emerging artist from Greenland and the Nordic countries into unique situations in the international field.

The countless artistic collaborations and projects that have rhizomatically sprung out from the Far North Diskotek Sessions make us confident that this mode of practice and working is the sound foundation for implementing the RHIZOMATIC NODES as a vehicle for knowledge transfer and innovative development of artistic projects.

Rhizomatic Thinking Applied to

Artistic Processes and Knowledge Transfer

The idea of the rhizome is a structural metaphor taken from biological field of botany to describe a mass of continuously growing horizontal underground stems or roots which extend lateral shoots at certain intervals in order to grow and establish connections with other shoots. A crucially important aspect of the rhizome as a metaphor for knowledge is that each and any point of the rhizome can be connected to any other at any given time. The rhizomatic viewpoint returns the concept of knowledge to its earliest roots.

Suggesting that a distributed negotiation of knowledge can allow a community of artists to legitimise the work they are doing among themselves and for each member of the group, the rhizomatic model dispenses with the need for external validation of knowledge, either by an expert or by a constructed agenda. If an absorbed bit of information is recognised as useful to the community or proves itself able to do something, it can be counted as knowledge. The community, then, has the power to create knowledge within a given context and leave that knowledge as a new node connected to the rest of the network.

Rhizomatic Nodes in Brief

  • Concentrated modular nodes around specific themes central to the core scope of the Far North Network Development of new aesthetics and production modes in contemporary theatre, music theatre and performance. Each Node's thematic is determined broadly and then evolved in unison with the nucleus of artists to allow for maximum flexibility and organic unfolding of innovative thought and creative processes. Each Node is hosted by a partnering institution/organisation and paired with introductions to each organisations inner mechanics and modes of production. The Rhizomatic Nodes contain, workshops, performances, work in

progress sessions, lectures, symposiums, performance visits and interactions with the local artistic communities and host of the individual Nodes.

  • Development and implementation of project ideas spurred by collaborative processes of peer knowledge transfer within Rhizomatic Nodes is produced separately within the collaborative production network for the Disko Arts Festival and Far North Network.

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UR_ at the REYKJAVIK ARTS FESTIVAL 2016

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The UR_ opera will be performed at the Harpa Concert Hall as part of the Reykjavik Arts Festival on June 4th 2016.

More information will follow shortly.

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Excerpts from UR_

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Excerpts from a live performance at the Norwegian National Opera as part of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 2015.

 

UR_ in SWITZERLAND

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On October 28th the Opera UR_ will be performed in an intimate chamber setting at the beautiful venue Gare du Nord, Basel.

On October 31st the full staged version will the open the season of Theater Chur.

The performances are part of the 2015 Culturescapes festival, this year dedicated to Iceland.

This time around the work will be performed by Iceland's very own CAPUT New Music Ensemble, conducted by Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason.

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UR poetry book /archive by Mette Karlsvik

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Spriten Forlag lanserer Mette Karlsvik: UR.

I august 2013 reiser Mette Karlsvik til en bosetting i Diskoøya på Grønland. Hun reiser sammen med kunstnernettverket Far North. Mellom Oqquatsuts 17 boliger, 42 fastboende mennesker og enda flere, sultne grønlandshunder, gikk, sang, diskuterte, tegnet, skrev eller komponerte kunstnerne. Det eneste ferskvannet de hadde, var smeltevann fra biter av isberg. Råvarene til dagens middag kom på døren hver ettermiddag, fra en lokal kontakt: nyfisket torsk eller stykker moskuskjøtt. Etter sju hele dager i en landsby uten veier, biler, butikker, hadde Karlsvik råmateriale til det som senere skulle bli skissen til librettoen UR. Fra dette råmaterialet har to produkter avstedkommet. Komponist Anna Thorvaldsdottir skapte sitt verk UR_. Det er en opera, og et fonetisk tekstverk. Karlsvik skrev materialet om til et manus, en tekst for papir: Et eksperiment av smeltende språk. Et fellesnordisk språk som drar veksel på norsk, nynorsk, gammelnorsk, islandsk, grønlandsk og skotsk. Språkene smelter sammen til tekster om alle tings begynnelse, som urhav, grønlandsk Genesis og Darwins teori om artenes opprinnelse. Noe må også slutte, for at nytt skal begynne. Isene smelter, vann kommer.

UR kan kalles en diktsamling. Den kan også kalles et arkiv. Tekstene inneholder observasjoner fra bosetninger som er i ferd med å forsvinne. De forteller historien om grønlandske fangstfolk som har blitt tvunget til danske masseblokker i Nuuk. Ikke minst er de en vandring over grønlansk is; stykker substans som bærer spor fra titusener av år. Lagret i isen er informasjon om årtusenes atmosfæriske trykk og luftens sammensetning, om sesonger og klima, og litt om livet. Her og der er hele dyr og planter fryst ned i isen. Og under alt ligger kanskje det som skal smelte og omdanne den nordiske økonomien og dynamikken mellom oss nordboere: de mulige naturressursene. De uante rikdommene og mulighetene.

Boka er skrevet av Karlsvik, formgitt av Emlyn Firth (Skottland) og gitt ut av Spriten Forlag (v. Tom-Erik Lønnerød). Operaen UR_ blir spilt på Operaen i Bjørvika 17. – 19. september. Boken UR blev lansert under London Art Book Festival 11-13. september.

Mette Karlsvik: UR kan kjøpes her.

DIE ZEIT: “As Surreal as the Northern Lights”

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The German weekly newspaper´s Die Zeit did a great feature about Anna Thorvaldsdottir, her music, the development of the opera UR_ and Far North.

Read the full feature by journalist Julia Spinola here.Anna.Zeit.de

UR_ at ULTIMA /NORWEGIAN NATIONAL OPERA

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UR_ will be performed on the 18th and 19th of Septmeber  at the Norwegian National Opera's Stage 2 as part of the 2015 Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.

UR_ in Ultima's program 

UR_ at the Norwegian National Opera

 

Anna Thorvaldsdóttir UR_ (WP)

Chamber opera in one act & VII parts

Narrative by Anna Thorvaldsdóttir

Words and phonetic textures by Anna Thorvaldsdóttir

Title and additional text by Mette Karlsvik

World première in collaboration with Teatrier, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Bit20 Ensemble Bergen, The National Theatre of Greenland.

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photo credit: Vincenzo Laera

"In UR_, we follow the struggle of an abstract metaphorical persona – portrayed by the three singers – to find its way back to nature, characterized by the struggle of each to find a voice through the exploration of nonsensical phonetic textures and a hybrid combination of multiple languages. Communicating through expressive phonetic gestures allows that which does not have a language to express itself, to be understood and appreciated. Without this, the UR_ is truly voiceless."

-Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Composer

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”In staging UR_ I wanted to undertake a journey into the core of what Opera is. To ask the fundamental questions about the artistic process behind staging an opera and reflect this very process in the staging.

Working with a first production of a new work offers a wonderful opportunity to re-examine what the artform is and what it could be. Since UR_ is, with all its abstractions and ambivalence, a dialectic retelling of a Genesis story I wanted to mirror that with the Opera form as its backdrop. This production is the result of a process where you are confronted with the most fundamental questions about how to stage music theatre. In UR_ Anna Thorvaldsdottir presented us with such a rich and multilayered material, combining conceptual thought and deeply sensual music within a meticulously crafted structure, that we were bound to abandon our presuppositions and embark on this very trying but a deeply satisfying artistic journey!“

-Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson, Director

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”In the process of staging UR_ I allowed and obliged myself to find visual solutions that came out of the process as a complete necessity. Rejecting anything else. This led us on the path to an intrinsic, internal, self referential, metaphoric and poetic world of scenetic images which flow by like dreams that fall into one another, separate yet interconnected.

We searched for the elemental, the core of the process of this particular staging, which in essence is the search for the core of oneself.

A visual world of darkness, dreams and the coming of light is nurtured in the world of UR_, where even the stage itself is lit through light feeding of itself through camera projection“

–Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir, Visual Artist/Scenographer

UR_ – In Pursuit of the Future in Origins

 

In the beginning was not the word, but darkness, and light brought death and deliverance. At least that's what Greenland's mythology has us believe. It shares the notion of an undivided unity with the bible, and they both propose that the world was created through its loss.

Two main narratives of metaphorical personae run in opposite directions through Anna Thorvaldsdóttir opera: one follows the path of mans struggle to find a way back to the Ur_ (starting point), the other traces the development of how we humans have become so far removed from our "original state“.

The composer spins an ambivalent grand narrative in sound, drawing on the thematic of an evolutionary genesis in seven parts. Longing and searching, with a fundamental feeling of loss generates a vacuum in time and space that invites the observer to embark on reflective journey. Moaning, whispering, stuttering, those are stages on the exploratory route towards finding an individual voice of expression, comprehension and communication.

Meditative sensual melodic lines interwoven with, strained, fragile brokenness come together in a passion that is driven forward by yearning, a feeling of being overwhelmed, the craving for truth and a flickering hope of restoring equilibrium.

 

Thorvaldsdóttir's music for UR_ is born out of humanity's desperate quest for identity and self-assurance, of asking for a perspective on the future. Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson takes the metaphor of a relentlessly searching mankind quite literally. He lets the sensual-abstract imagery of the music and narrative guide the performers toward an organic flowing symbiosis of the senses. He furthermore uses the occasion of a new opera première to pose questions not just about man's true identity, but also that of the opera genre itself.

 

The Sounds of Anna Thorvaldsdóttir’s UR_

UR_ is her first opera. Thorvaldsdóttir's music seems to depict a tonal world in flux, imbued by a mysterious, lyrical mood. Her highly sensitive auditive and tonal imagination unveils the existence of the abundant noises and harmonies that constantly surround us. Her music is a reflection on the landscapes and nature in the world she lives in, yet it's neither an imitation nor an illustration. She develops a form of tone-language-philosophy in UR_, which is an attempt to analyse the word and its substance as well as the matter of comprehension and communication through tonality, all the while asking whether there may be alternative ways to accomplish the task.

UR_ Opera World Premiere in Trier

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On September 11th 2015 we shall have come that far! Anna Thorvaldsdottir's opera UR_ , directed by Thorleifur Örn Arnason will have it's world premiere at Theater Trier (teatrier) Germany.

For further information: www.teatrier.de

Stay tuned for news on subsequent developments and performances! And keep up with us on instragram.com/far_north and facebook.com/farnorth.is

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