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Shades of Change

2016-08-01

SHADES OF CHANGE – Ingeborg Annie Lindahl & Trond Lossius

Ingeborg Annie Lindahl – Trond Lossius
29.07. – 07.08 2016

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Last week I had the privilege of collaborating with Ingeborg Annie Lindahl for the first time, towards an installation at 3,14. I have followed her work with interest for several years, and when she called me and asked if I wanted to work with her it was a no-brainer. She has done a number of impressive large scale chalk drawings in recent years, and the one at 3,14 is 32 meters long (60 square meters). It has been fantastic to see her working at such a large scale ovr five days only up towards the opening. We immediately managed to established a dialogue on what we do and how each of us work and think, and how this might come together. For me it has been interesting to combine sound with drawings. In most of my projects, e.g. when working with Jeremy Welsh, moving images (video) is an important part of the installation. When combining sound with drawings it became clear that I had to work on an even more extended time scale than I use to in order for sound and visuals to come together while avoiding that sound would be to active, hectic and dominating. This project has also confirmed for me, again, the many similarities in terms of thinking of composition, distribution and scale between sound (evolving in time) and visuals (evolving in space). These are some of the aspects of cross-disciplinary and collaborative art practises that I cherish. Apart from being important in order for me to do my own work within the collaborations, I get an extremely privileged insight into the practise and thinking of the artists I work with. After having working with Ingeborg for a week, clouds look different.

 

The exhibition is a collaboration between Ingeborg Annie Lindahl and Trond Lossius. It combines a 32 meter mural chalk drawing and 12 channel surround sound into an immersive installation. Drawings and sound are developed on site over five hectic days in front of the opening. Lindahls chalk-drawing will continue to evolve throughout the exhibition period, and as the exhibition period comes to an end, the drawing end in destruction.

This collaborative project investigate possibilities for a cross-disciplinary audio-visual dialogue between large scale drawings and sound. On a conceptual level the installation reflects on the changing climate reality.

 

Panorama shot while installing.

 

Ingeborg Annie Lindahl is an interdisciplinary artist and curator living in Harstad, Norway. Lindahl is educated from Tromsø Academy of Contemporary art and Bergen National Academy of the Arts. She was the winner of VossaJazz-grant with a solo exhibition and received the Per Spilling prize, both in 2013. This year Lindahl was the main exhibitor at ILIOS festival. Her work is widely exhibited nationally and abroad, among others by HardingarT, Trafo Kunsthall, Salihara Gallery Jakarta, Bergen Kunsthall, Den frie udstilling Copenhagen, Galleri Box, Vilnius Titanikas exhibition space, Ariblå Sortland Kunstforening, Bodø Kunstforening, Verk Hammerfest and Tromsø Kunstforening.

Lindahl’s artistic method combines the outcome from field trips and personal experience of the place.When Lindahl started working with chalk, she was drawn by impermanence and thoughts for expulsion.She has used chalk in several different shapes; as marble, plaster and pigment, playing with the idea of mankind as a early stage of becoming mineral. Her material substantiates a manifestation of change, both in how knowledge is made and how nature is in a constant state of transformation. Lindahl is interested in the landscape of echoes in the sphere of human thought, and explore culture and value in our time in relation to nature.
[ http://ingeborgannie.com/]

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Trond Lossius is a sound and installation artist living in Bergen, Norway. His projects investigate sound, place and space, using sound spatialisation and multichannel audio as an invisible and temporal sculptural medium in works engaging with the site. He often collaborates with other artists on cross-disciplinary projects, in particular sound installations and works for stage. In collaboration with Jon Arne Mogstad and Jeremy Welsh, he has done a series of installations combining paintings, video, prints, and sound. He has contributed to several productions with the contemporary performance group Verdensteatret, winner of New York Dance and Performance Awards a.k.a. The Bessies 2005-2006 in the Installation & New Media category.

He holds a master degree in geophysics, studied music at The Grieg Academy, and has been a research fellow in the arts at Bergen National Academy of the Arts. He is research and development coordinator at BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts, and contributes to development of software for audio and media processing. He was Norwegian delegate to the European COST action on sonic interaction design 2008-2011. 2012-2013 he was engaged as full professor at Bergen Academy of Art and Design coordinating the artistic research project Re:place.
[ http://trondlossius.no/]

1-1 are short interceptions in the exhibition program at 3,14, establishing a dialogue between two artists, with at least one of them being based in Bergen.

ATK for Reaper v1.0.0.b9

2016-07-24

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Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper v.1.0.0.b9 is now available. Some key changes:

- Binaural decoders at all sample rates
- New encoders and decoders for bridging between FuMa and AmbiX (useful for VR authoring)

And two changes that breaks backwards compatibility:

- Azimuth is now positive in counter-clockwise direction
- Quad decoder now has 4 channels out only

More details and link to downloads can be found here.

Converting PDF to JPG using GhostScript

2016-07-01

Warning: This will be the most boring blog post ever, but I just need to communicate this to future self.

At home I have problems printing PDFs from SendRegning, the online invoicing service I’m using. I don’t know if the problem is with the printer or if the PDFs are ill-formatted. Anyway, after having battled the files for close to two hours, I’ve found a way of using GhostScript to convert them from PDF to JPG. The JPGs print just fine.

In Terminal, cd into the folder containing the file to convert and run:

gs -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=jpeg -r144 -sOutputFile=invoice.jpg invloice.pdf

Yuck!

Line Horneland - Master thesis

2016-06-27

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Over the past year I have had the pleasure to serve as assistant supervisor for Line Horneland’s master thesis project “Lyden i mellomrommet” (The sound in-between) at Stord/Haugesund University College. Magne Ingolv Espeland has been the main supervisor.

The master thesis is a critical reflection on various aspects of artistic development relating to the interactive vocal installation “Lyden i mellomrommet”. The installation was open to the public at Sola ruinkirke in January 2016.

The master text (in Norwegian) can be downloaded from the BEK web site, and it will probably be up at Line’s own home site as well as the website of Stord/Haugesund University College soon.

AppleScript for fullscreen QuickTime video playback - with hack to avoid pink glow mouse cursor

2016-06-20

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When installing in Førde last week, we experienced a new issue with playback of fullscreen movies from QuickTime. Initially this would work well, but after a while some of the projectors would start displaying the mouse again, with a pink glow. Apparently we are not the only ones to have experienced this.

As pretty as mouse cursors with pink glow might be, they really didn’t belong to this project. Getting rid of them turned into a convoluted AppleScript hack that I’d like to blog, as there’s no way that I’ll remember how we solved this two years from now.

I’ve used AppleScript to control fullscreen playback of movies in the past, but the script just got a whole more convoluted. The trick to solve the issue turned out to require a programatic move and clicking of the mouse every so often, followed by a fullscreen command.

AppleScript does not in itself have any commands to move the mouse, so I first had to install AppleScript Toolbox. This is a a toolbox that extends AppleScript in a number of ways. Once downloaded and unzipped, the file needed to be copied to the /Library/ScriptingAdditions folder.

Next I had to modify my earlier script and add an idle section. The return value makes this execute every 20 seconds.

Finally, when saving, I had to save as an application, and make sure that “Stay open after run handler” is checked, as illustrated below.

The compiled application can be downloaded here. When unzipped, right-click and open in Script Editor in order to modify the username and filename before saving again. You can set this file as a login item, and have the movie play automatically when the computer starts.

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