There is a fundamental enthusiasm and curiosity that drives our attitude towards experimentation. Free basic research is the fundament for all new apprehensions. Each production leads us into new landscapes. Experimentation is artistic immersion. The concept of risk and possible failure is a natural part of this experimentation. Without taking risk, art would remain stagnant, and the creative spirit would be wasted on our own fears. In this exposition we will elucidate some of the many fields of interest and tools for expression we have worked with during the development of our latest production – HANNAH – which premiered September 2017 at Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo in connection with the Ultima Festival. In HANNAH Verdensteatret works with elaborate spatial compositions that provokes a state of absorption in an immersive audio-visual space. These compositions consists of material generated in an electronic feedback system. This material forms a sedimentation process that unfolds as a fixed attention towards exhaustion and the act of observing slow changes. Like a physical object slowly affect its surroundings. A production from Verdensteatret is a glimpse of a present, a state of transitions and passages through phenomenons. The present is a memory in motion. At the same time, there has never been so much past as right now.
DISCOVERY AND NAMING
VERDENSTEATRET is an artist collective based in Oslo. The group's continuous artistry has been established over the last 30 years. The group was founded in Bergen in 1986 by Lisbeth J. Bodd and Asle Nilsen, with background from respectively theatre and visual art.
Asle Nilsen works as visual artist; painting, installation and multimedia. He has held several solo exhibitions with paintings since 1990. He is educated at the Art Academy in Oslo. Nilsen is the Artistic leader in Verdensteatret.
Piotr Pajchel is a video based visual artist from Norway who works with real-time video is used in installations, performances and live jams. Participated in many exhibitions national and international since 2001. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Pajchel is responsible for the video work in Verdensteatret since 2003.
Eirik Arthur Blekesaune works in the intersection between art and technological development. In the work with Verdensteatret his focus is on intermedial artistic expression and multidisciplinary collective processes. He works with music, sound, robotics/electronics and software development. Through his work he is trying to understand how we communicate across artistic disciplines, and how you can from this understanding facilitate for the artists involved in the process. The aim is moving towards a non-hierarchical collective structure, with equal emphasis on all medias involved.
Niklas Adam works with performance- and installation art in addition to music. He uses programming and electronics to generate instruments and/or situations with an inherent open sentiment, and from there examine how the ability of work, which is on the border between visual art and music, can break loose from the traditional behavioral patterns of listening, rational thinking and immediacy. Adam studied at the Danish Institute for Electronic Music. In Verdensteatret he works with sound, sculpture and as performer.
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