Røst AiR

News Season #12
2024


We are excited to begin our 12th season of Røst Artist in Residency! Below is a list of artists and artists-interns coming to Røstlandet and Skomvær this summer (in alphabetical order):

Adam Parks and Heidi Hornáčková (US/CZ)
Anne K. Hege (US)
Hearing Home Retreat for Black women+ hosted by Ro Averin and Amber Ablett
Hugo Francker (DK)
Laura Stasane (LV)
Maria Fox Larsson (FI)
Maria Garred (NO)
Tereza Záchová (CZ)

And the intern Elodie Kleiner (FR)

We thank Nordland fylkeskommune for the support.

Laura Stasane (LV)
2024
Artist in residence/Intern


Laura Stasane (LV) is staying as an intern/artist in residence on Skomvær in June. She currently studies MA in Performing Arts as Critical Practice at Malmö Theatre Academy and has been researching and making work on haunted landscapes, what it means for us to feel our own presence in nature and how this is both beautiful and unsettling. Originally from Riga where she was part of the performing arts festival Homo Novus for many years, working often with site-specific and community projects. Since 2020, she has been working with the topic of domestic violence in Latvia as an artist and activist, writing, talking, raising awareness and creating in collaboration with several wonderful artists a documentary installation and digital platform “Physical Evidence Museum”, performative readings and a book ”No One Will Believe You”.

Maria Fox Larsson (FI)
2024
Artist in residence/Intern


Maria Fox Larsson (FI) is an intern / artist in residence on Skomvær island for the month of June. As an artist, she is interested in repetitive movement, suspension, displacement, and the absurd. She works with toys and toylike objects, often with a tinge of the dramatic or the macabre, and her sketchbooks are filled with odd composite creatures often inspired by medieval marginalia and various forms of "naive" art. She likes textures and patterns, enjoys sorting things and lining things up, and mostly works on flat surfaces in black and white.

Vlad Molodetskii (RU)
2023
Artist in need
Artist in residence
Artist in need

Vlad Molodetskii (b.1998) is a Siberian-born artist living in Røst, Norway.
Vlad deeply reveals topics of introspection and research of his inner roots,
and co-existence with nature through documentary photography. His works
refer to the motifs of motherland. Vlad’s works keep exposing northern
features. Currently Vlad is working on project ́Pain relief ́ about finding a
new home in exile.
Since 2019, Vlad has been working on the project ́Siberia in faces ́
exploring the place where he grew up, as well as republics of Sakha,
Buryatia, Altai and Tuva through the faces of local youth. Vlad was shaped
by the environment in which he grew up, the town of Sharypovo located in
Krasnoyarsk krai, Central Siberia.

News Season #11
2023
NEWS


We are excited to begin our 11th season of Røst Arist in Residency! Here comes the list of artists and artists-interns coming to Røstlandet and Skomvær this summer (in alphabetical order):

Adam Parks (US/CZ) & Heidi Hornáčková (CZ)
Amalie Risom Nyrup (DK) & Sarah Sekles (DE)
Christa Barlinn Korvald, Io Sivertsen, Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid & Ylva Gulpinar (NO)
Diana Burkot (RU)
Hanne Engen (NO)
Harald Bredholt (DK)
Mateusz Pitala & Monika Raźny (PL)
Vlad Molodetskii (RU)
Sandra Nyberg (FI)

Røst AIR has been hosting artists through the Artist in need network in 2023: Vlad Molodetskii (RU) between March-June, and Diana Burkot (RU) in June.

We thank Nordland fylkeskommune for the support!

Diana Burkot (RU)
2023
Artist in residence


Diana Burkot (b. 1985) is a feminist and LGBTQ+ activist, musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, video artist, editor. She graduated from the Moscow jazz college of Improvised Music as a drummer, and the Rodchenko School of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

Diana is a member of Pussy Riot since 2011. She took part in various actions, including Red Square “Putin is piss in his pants!”, in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior “Mother of God virgin, drive Putin away”, action in support of LGBTQ + persons, Moscow 2020. Since 2019, she has participanted in the "Riot days" show by Pussy Riot.

"Rosemary loves a blackberry", Diana's solo project, explores different music genres in combination with video art -electronic music, sound art, sometimes academic instruments, and experimental pop music at other times. She uses music as a tool for both abstract emotional states and direct statements, for example, about mental health, the imposition of conventional stereotypical beauty, or issues such as Plati.

Diana is staying at Røstlandet and Skomvær in June 2023.

https://www.instagram.com/rosemary_loves_a_blackberry/

https://rosemary-loves-a-blackberry.bandcamp.com/
Sandra Nyberg (FI)
2023
Artist in residence


Sandra Nyberg is an island-based artist living and working in the Finnish archipelago. In her largely process-based practice, she is interested in the idea of site-specific and public intervention; creating works that are integrated with their surroundings while exploring local cultural, political, sociological and/or historical contexts. Nyberg prefers to start the process from a clean slate, getting to know and to understand the site sensitive issues and gain access to information that can be used as a starting point for the work. She has an interest in nature and ecology so the focus largely lay on issues related to those areas and more specifically, to changes occurring therein. For example, the numerous effects of climate change, small and large, can be noted and measured in unexpected ways.

Nyberg exhibits individually and as part of the Elin&Keino collaboration, most recently in Australia and on Ameland island, the Netherlands. Artist residencies include SIM (Iceland), Triangle (New York) and Hill End (Australia). Exhibitions include Open Art Public Art Biennale (Sweden), Sculpture by the Sea (Australia and Denmark) and Jakarta Biennale (Indonesia). The Finnish State Art Commission recently acquired a site-specific artwork by Elin&Keino to the Kerava State prison.

Sandra is Artist-in-Residence during June 2023.


http://www.sandranyberg.com/

https://www.instagram.com/nyberg_sandrart/

Mateusz Pitala (PL/NO)
2023
Artist in residence/Intern


Mateusz Pitala is an artist, designer and baker based in Trondheim, Norway. In 2020 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow with MA title. Through his practice Pitala explores bread history, its potential and forgotten grains. He works with bread dough and sourdough living bacteria, as well as sculpture, design, video, text and drawing.

Pitala has been fascinated by bread and has researched it since 2018. He traces bread recipes, rituals and traditions from different cultures and times. He is interested in bread as an act of sharing, as well as the transition of flour, water and living bacteria. He sees bread as interwoven into our entire history.

https://www.instagram.com/mateuszpitala/

www.mateuszpitala.com
Monika Raźny (PL/NO)
2023
Artist in residence/Intern


Monika Raźny is an artist and yoga teacher. Born in Kraków, Poland. In 2020 she graduated from Fine Arts Academy in Kraków with MA title. She lives and works in Trondheim, Norway. In her artistic practice she works with landart, meditative practices, painting, photography, video, text and installation.

In her recent practice and research Raźny investigates various ways of thinking of the Earth and practices of being with the Earth, in search for an alternative to western narratives. Having ecological crisis in mind she researches the strategies that could be healing for the relation between humans and Earth. By exploring possible scenarios of being with the Earth, she asks how we can bring compassion and insight into the climate crisis. She looks into the indigenous and folk knowledge and storytelling, meditation techniques, yoga practices, herbalism, science and more. She practices observation, listening, silence, walking, mediation and landart.

https://www.instagram.com/monika_razny_/
https://www.instagram.com/monika.razny/

https://www.instagram.com/earthly_practices/
Adam Parks (US/CZ) & Heidi Hornáčková (CZ)
2023
Artist in residence/Intern




Amalie Risom Nyrup (DK) & Sarah Sekles (DE)
2023
Artist in residence/Intern


Risom.Sekles is a newly established artist duo consisting of Amalie Risom Nyrup (DK) and Sarah Sekles (DE/BR) based in Oslo.
Their focus lies on the topic of ecology and nature, the blooming and degeneration of plants, biodiversity and ecocentrism. Artistic research is the method they use to ask questions revolving around ecological and geological caretaking, while mostly expressing their research through landart, videography and publication.

Their works have been shown at Museum Kurhaus Kleve (DE), Nitja Senter for Samtidskunst (NO), Galleri F15 (NO), ROM Galleri (NO), Mildrends Lane Complex(ity) (US) and the Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden (NO).

Ylva Gulpinar, Io Sivertsen, Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid og Christa Barlinn Korvald
2023
Artist in Residence
Artist in residence
Artist in Residence

Ylva Gulpinar, Io Sivertsen, Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid og Christa Barlinn Korvald are visiting Røst to make film, music and underwater utopias. In 2021 they made the short film BBQ & Apocalypse, shown at the Copenhagen Photo Festival, Futures Hybrid in Amsterdam, a small feminist cinema screening in Berlin, and film festivals as Glasgow and Uppsala Short Film Festival. They won the main prize for the video work shown as part of the Autumn Exhibition in Oslo.


Ylva Gulpinar, Io Sivertsen, Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid og Christa Barlinn Korvald er på Røst for å lage film, musikk og undervanns-utopier. I 2020 i lagde de kortfilmen Ned med stil og Engangsgrill som har blitt vist under Copenhagen Photo Festival, Futures Hybrid i Amsterdam, en liten feministisk kinovisning i Berlin, og festivaler som Glasgow og Uppsala Short Film Festival. Den vant høstutstillingsprisen i 2022.

  • Stillbilde fra kort film «Vi går ned med stil og engangsgrill», kredit: Linus Kropp

  • Marin Håskjold

  • Signe Rosenlud-Hauglid

  • Christa Barlinn Korvald

  • Io Sivertsen

  • Ylva Gulpinar

WOODS – Community for Cultivation, Theory and Art (CZ)
2022-23
EØS Partnership
NEWS
EØS Partnership

Røst AIR received the artist Kateřina Holá (CZ) for AiR via the partnership in 2022.

Elin Már Øyen Vister is participating in the fourth edition of the interdisciplinary forest symposium - Woods: More-than-Human Curiosity - which will take place 28-30.07.2023.

WOODS – Community for Cultivation, Theory and Art is a project initiated by ARE and the Institute of Anxiety. It is a space linking creation, research, agricultural work, activism, and rest. It started in 2019 when we purchased a 2.8-hectare plot of forest and meadow in Orlické Mountains in the North East of Czech Republic. The vision is to create a sustainable biodiverse forest amenable to a wide variety of life forms. A farm is gradually being created on the plot, as is a garden founded on permaculture principles and a year-long program of educational and cultural activities. The project is actively responding to climate change, its accelerating processes, and the need to maintain a healthy relationship between the land and those who use it.

The Woods partnership is funded by EEA Grants 2014-2021 under the Programme Culture.

Photo credit: Woods

https://www.facebook.com/LES.SpolecenstviWOODS.Community
Maja Roel & Katja Schia (Groove)
2022
Artist in residence


Røst AiR i samarbeid med Røst Kommune har invitert Maja Roel & Katja Henriksen Schia til et gjesteateliéopphold på Røst hvor de både skal holde kurs for barn og unge og ha egen prosjektid. Dette er det første av en rekke AiR opphold GROOVE utøverne er invitert til fram i mot Bodø 2024.

Høsten 2020 var GROOVE, et trommeband av samtidsdansere, på DKS turné på Røst.
Konseptet GROOVE blei grunnlagt av dansekunstner Marianne Kjærsund, som er født i Nordland, men bosatt i Oslo.

Les mer om GROOVE: https://www.xn--mariannekjrsund-6lb.no/kopi-av-groove


Katja Henriksen Schia jobber med dans, koreografi og tegning. Katja definerer sin kunstneriske praksis gjennom tegning og bevegelse. Hun er utdannet ved Spin-off forstudium i dans (2005-06) og Kunsthøyskolen i Oslo, BA moderne og samtidsdans (2006-09). Hun er født (f.1986) og oppvokst på Bjerke, Oslo. Katja har siden 2010 undervist å praktisert yoga. Hennes base springer ut ifra Iyengar yoga. I dag jobber hun i varierende formater innen samtidsdans.

https://www.katjaschia.com/



Maja Roel (f. 1980)

Maja Roel jobber med dans og scenekunst med base i Oslo. Hun er utdannet fra Høyskolen for Scenekunst i Amsterdam og Høyskolen For Dansekunst i Oslo. Hun har skapt forestillinger som blant annet har utspilt seg en kjørende buss, på en helikopterlandingsplass, på en øy, så vel som i tradisjonelle scenerom. Hun har gjennom mange år jobbet med barn og unge som en del av sine scenekunstprosjekter. Hun spiller trommer og danser i samtidsdansebandet Groove. Maja Roel har to ganger mottatt 3-årig arbeidsstipend fra Statens kunstnerstipend.

www.majaroel.com

Artists in need
2022
Digital and physical artist in residencies offered!
NEWS
Digital and physical artist in residencies offered!

We are offering both digital AiRs and physical AiRs to artists in need.

If you are an artist in need, please contact us on the following email:

foreningarostair@gmail.com.

We are a team consisting of Røst AiRs Elin Már Øyen Vister, together with 3 Russian artists who have just managed to flee from Russia, due to their anti-war protest and ongoing protest against the strangling KREML/Putin regime.

We have used some of our own saved-up funds, we crowdsource (https://www.spleis.no/project/21357), and we are very, very grateful to be supported by The Goethe Institut Norway and our base funding from Nordland County Council /Nordland Fylkeskommune.

Marina Shamova (RU)
2022
Artist in Residence
AIR artist
Artist in Residence

Marina Shamova (b. 1990 Sebezh, Russia), based in St. Petersburg. Pronounce they/them. Marina is engaged in the practices of performance, contemporary dance, social theater, psychoanalysis and queer trans feminism. Education 2020-2021 The online program Performance Artistic Research Lab PeARL (Moscow, London). 2015-2017 Independent program at the School of Involved Art “Chto Delat?” (St. Petersburg). 2013-2015 MFA in Scientific and Creative Laboratory of Contemporary Dance, Vaganova Academy (St. Petersburg). 2007-2013 BFA in choreography and dance pedagogy, Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts and Humanities Education (St. Petersburg). The feld of interests: intersections of art and psychoanalysis practices, queer and crip art, identity politics, systems of education and knowledge acquisition. Art projects raise issues of new knowledge production, gender and sexual identity, labor politics. Works with teenagers who are living in orphanages, children with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and down syndrome. Lyric writer and member of the Music Cooperative Techno-Poetry (participants of the online program e-flux Video & Film, New York 2022). A recipient of a grant "Culture in Motion'' from the Goethe-Institute (Techno-Poetry, 2020) and winner of the annual grant program for contemporary artists from Garage museum 2022 (Moscow, Russia).

Marina is AIR artist 09.04-15.06.2022

  • Techno-Poetry. Vaudevill e «Let There Be an Apocalypse!

  • Anti-war dance-picket

  • Photo by Mikhail Grigoriev

News for Season #10
2022
News
News

Røst AIR is thrilled to kick off the 10th season! Here comes the complete list of artists and artists-interns coming to Røstlandet and Skomvær this summer (in alphabetical order):

Amber Ablett (UK/NO)
Harald Bredholt (DK)
Karen Werner (US) & Sabine Popp (DE/NO)
Kateřina Holá (CZ)
Leon Billerbeck (DE)
Magdaléna Manderlová (CZ/NO)
Marina Shamova (RU)
Michal Kindernay (CZ)
Sarah Jost (SE)
Tatiana Philippova (RU)

We are excited to announce that Kateřina Holá (CZ) takes part in a residency which is part of a partnership program between Røst AIR and Woods organized with the financial support of the EEA and Norway Grants. Kateřina is coming for a month in July. More about Woods here: https://www.facebook.com/LES.SpolecenstviWOODS.Community/

Tatiana Philippova (RU) is a part of the Residency Relay of The Right to be Cold project funded by Goethe-Institut (this residency has been long postponed due to the pandemic). Tatiana was our digital resident last November-December 2021, and is coming to Skomvær for a month in June! Read more about the project at our website, follow the tab 'The Right To Be Cold'.

Røst AIR has been hosting Marina Shamova (RU) since April, we want to thank Goethe-Institut and Safemuse for supporting their stay! Marina is coming to Skomvær for 2 weeks in June. Read more about why Marina left Russia here: https://www.nrk.no/urix/1.15893971

Also, we want to thank Nordland fylkeskommune for the support!

Sarah Jost (SE)
2022
Artist in Residence
Artist in residence
Artist in Residence

Sarah Jost is interested in the co-relation between plants - humans - and place, the migration and time perspective of trees put up against the ones of humans and how the concept of the «natural» is constantly being redefined. In her artistic practice she works with installation and sculpture, with elements of text, drawing and found material. Methodically she re-use fragments of older works and found material in the making of new works. What stories the materials tell through for example their origin is an important part of the works.

Born in Sweden 1979, Sarah Jost work with Bergen, Norway as her base. She has a MA from Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2009) and her work has been shown in solo and group shows at amongst others; Østfold kunstsenter, Fredrikstad, Norske Grafikere , Oslo, Galleri Mors Mössa, Göteborg, Galleri Christinegaard and Kunstgarasjen, Bergen.

Sarah is staying at Skomvær for one month in June 2022.

Tatiana Philippova (RU)
2022
AIR/The Right to be Cold
Artist in residence
AIR/The Right to be Cold

Tatiana Philippova is part of the Residency Relay of The Right to be Cold project. Tatiana is AiR at Røstlandet and Skomvær 03.06-07.07.2022. She was a digital resident at Røst AiR for one month in November-December 2021. Read more about the project at Goethe-Institut here: https://www.goethe.de/ins/no/no/kul/sup/neu.html

Tatiana Philippova is a writer from Yakutsk, The Sakha Republic, Russia. She is focused on fragmentary prose, which intends to follow principles of non-linear connections as in «rhizome» that allows for multiple, non-hierarchical entries. Pieces of prose and poetry she assembles to the so-called «Set» («Sborka»), the structure of which is built on rhythm. That’s how she as a queer person, a lesbian, and a Sakha woman recollects her «self» by decolonizing her experience.

Her grandparents were forced to leave their land (this event is called «Churapchinskoe pereselenie» - «Churapcha forced relocation») during WW II. They strived to return to their homes, but now global climate change gradually transforms Yakutia into some other place with forest fires, floods, earth hollows due to thawing permafrost. Can modern indigenous people of Yakutia find a new homeland elsewhere or they should continue to live on their ancestor's land with the feeling of catastrophe — this is the question she tries to answer in her expression. Tatiana is a winner of the «Znamya» literature magazine award 2020. She lives in Yakutsk.

Magdaléna Manderlová (CZ)
2022
AIR artist


Magdaléna Manderlová is an artist, musician, and composer based in Trondheim, Norway. She works primarily with sound, field recording, and composition. Her works take the form of assemblage sonic essays, compositions, and hörspiels, site-specific sound installations, performances, artist books, and writings. In her artistic practice, Manderlová likes to think, feel and dream through sound and explores listening as a tool to engage with the world. She investigates field recording as a way not only of listening, and of conceiving listening, but also of reading and writing. She seeks ways of relating that are reciprocal and often engages with places and environments by walking and spending time with them. Manderlová is educated in the art academies in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and Trondheim, Norway. Between 2012-18, she performed as a singer-songwriter moin moin and was part of the Czech independent music scene. In recent years, she has been performing in the context of experimental music.

Magdaléna stayed for 3 weeks in June 2022, both as an AIR and as a part of the Røst AIRs artistic & administrative team.

Image credits: Kristoffer Lislegaard and Frank Holtschlag

magdalenamanderlova.com
Karen Werner (USA)
2022
Artist-in-Residence
Artist in residence
Artist-in-Residence

Karen Werner is a sociologist and artist working with radio. She sets up radio stations, such as SkottegatenFM and Radio Multe93.8FM, and creates narrowcast performances and assemblage essays exploring themes about communication and signals, most recently about radio jamming. Karen is currently working on a four-year artistic research PhD project called "re-radio" at the Art Academy in Bergen.

While at Skomvær Karen's focus is on writing, listening and making songs.

Karen is Artist-in-Residence during July 2022.

(photo by Su Liao)

www.karenwerner.net
Sabine Popp (NO/GER)
2022
Artist-in-Residence
Artist in residence
Artist-in-Residence

Sabine Popp is a relational art worker with home base in Bergen, Norway. Her work is exploring and intervening with places and their socio-material conditions—preferably through dialogical and collaborative processes. Work and daily routines are regarded an immersion into certain flows of being, as a gradual disintegration of boundaries between self and other.
Her practice is driven by a longing for alternative models to the one proposed by Marx when conceptualizing work ‘’as human beings’ metabolism with nature’’, and often becoming a form of extractivism. She wants to highlight a mutual movement of exchange and impact, and a resulting transformation.

Sabine worked for several years with the project Agential Matter (Invisible Landscapes), which examined performativity of algae, objects and bodies in instances of observation in scientific research, economic interests and artistic encounters along the Norwegian coast. Each stop and involvement is seen as a work station encountering experts and professionals of various kinds.
Her recent interest goes under the title A Curious Practice – to follow motion. It starts from a huge submarine slide and a subsequent tsunami’s movement along the coast, pushing organisms into regions where they didn’t belong. A reversal of this movement is imagined with the force of rising temperatures and migration of living beings to the north. This movement becomes entangled with cargoships along the same coastlines.

Sabine held a position as assistant professor at the former Academy of Art and Design, before she joined the Norwegian Artistic Research Program, and receivied a PhD from The Art Academy at the University of Bergen in 2021. She is member of the studio collective Bergen Ateliergruppe – located in one of the warehouses in the harbour of Bergen.

It was her entanglement with seaweed – or algae - which brought her in conversion with Karen Werner who had followed harvesters at the coast of Maine, on the other side of the North Atlantic. They produced together a program for Radio Hopes and Dreams in Bergen in autumn 2021 to talk about listening to kelp to ask for permission to be harvested, and what it means to receive a gift.

Sabine will stay in Skomvær as an Artist-in-Residence during July 2022.


Kateřina Holá (CZ)
2022
Artist-in-Reisdence
Artist in residence
Artist-in-Reisdence

Change is inherent in everything, taking shape of plentiful possibilities through intra-action. And that’s sometimes scary, but also endlessly beautiful. Right now, the very survival of our beautiful living entangled ecosystems depends on this ability to change as we are witnessing a collapsing trajectory in the early 21st century. And we don’t want our world to collapse. In fact, we want quite the opposite. And we want it now, and we need it now.

Kateřina is a social worker and educator, graduated from the Academy of Arts in Prague and currently studies socio-cultural anthropology and is active in the climate justice movement. Based between Prague and a straw house in the Krkonoše mountains, Kateřina is searching for ways how to resist, fight and insure the just future for everyone together. In RØST AIR, Kateřina will mostly rest and read books researching and observing how to transform the ways we interact with our surrounding in a caring and sustainable matter. Currently focused on a topic of energy poverty and communal convivial technology solutions and organising around and under the idea of mutual help, Kateřina will use this extreme situation of being on a desert island to explore how we use and interact with energy and technology.

Kateřina is taking the part in the RØST AIR residency during july 2022 thanks to the Woods project supported by the EEA Grants 2014 - 2021 under the Culture Programme. www.eeagrants.org #EEANorwayGrants #programkultura #fondyehpanorska You can find more about the Woods project here: @LES.SpolecenstviWOODS.Community – Facebook @LES. WOODS. – Instagram

Michal Kindernay (CZ)
2022
Artist-In-Residence
Artist in residence
Artist-In-Residence

Michal Kindernay is an intermedia artist, curator and performer. His audio visual installations connect the areas and tools of art, technologies and science. He often brings about the topic of ecology and through the application of the technological attitudes to nature he reflects the environmental issues. His works involve video-performances, documentary and interactive installations, intermedia and documentary projects as well as the musical compositions. He is one of the founders of the artistic non-profitable organization yo-yo, the initiator of the project RurArtmap. He acts as an external educator in the Centre of Audio-visual Studies at FAMU in Prague and at Prague City University. As an organizer or artist he was involved in many international projects. He works and lives in Prague.

While at Skomvær during July 2022 Michal will continue on his longterm research on weather studies. As in July Northern Norway is enlightened by the sun for 24 hours, it will provide the ideal conditions for experimental temporal studies of light in visual and sound forms.

Leon Billerbeck (GER)
2022
Artist-in-Residence/Intern
Artist in residence and intern, June/July
Artist-in-Residence/Intern

Leon Billerbeck (*1995 in Hamburg, Germany) is an artist living and working in Leipzig who is currently studying photography in the field of contemporary art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig with Professor Loretta Fahrenholz. In 2019, Billerbeck completed his BFA in media art at Bauhaus-University Weimar with the installation work "Ataxia/Ataraxia", which reflects on the rare neurologic disease of his father and their relationship. It was shown at the "Haus der Fotografie, Deichtorhallen" in Hamburg in 2022 within the emerging photography award "Gute Aussichten". In 2017, the work "Foreign Landscapes", investigating the themes of success, competition and brotherhood, won the "Carte Blanche Étudiants" prize for young photographers awarded by Paris Photo at the Grand Palais. Over the past years, he has participated in numerous exhibitions and residencies in Europe and is internationally engaged in cultural initiatives with various interdisciplinary collectives.

In his artistic practice, Leon Billerbeck experiments with a diverse range of media to develop conceptual but improvisational artistic gestures as transformative open processes. Important to his work is the reflection of digital phenomena and contemporary society in relation to the tactility and intensity of matter and bodily-ephemeral experiences, such as spirituality, ritual, creation and destruction.
The increasing importance of performance for Billerbeck's artistic practice consequently manifested itself, apart from his photography series, in several performance works, sometimes lasting several hours, which were shown in various venues in Leipzig, Berlin, Weimar and Porto.
Positions such as Joseph Beuys, John Cage and Zen-Buddhist philosophy play a role as inspiration in his work.

In Skmovær he will work mainly on his writings to edit and publish a small poetry magazine, as well as artistic research on meditation and zen-buddhist related topics, involving video performances and sound experiments.

www.leonbillerbeck.com
Harald Bredholt (DK)
2022
Artist in Residence/Intern
Artist in residence and intern, June/July
Artist in Residence/Intern

Harald Bredholt (f. 1988 DK)
Holds a bachelor and a master from Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts.

What fascinates me among other things, is the web of relations between people - like the network of roots that tie the forest together like one big organism. Being in nature and connecting with other people comes up all the time, when you ask people what makes them happy. My latest film Is it a feeling or is it a State? - A Film About Happiness is concerned with these stories that are all interconnected and which at the same time reveals just how many ways there are to the experience of happiness. The film is an eclectic gathering of materials both found and recorded, and is based mainly on podcast interviews with colleges, family and friends.

I like to immerse myself in different seriously playful activities such as making performative documentary videos, painting “powerful men” in suits shaking hands, drawing abstract shapes, making collages that turn into hybrid animals, doing digital performances, writing short stories from my life IN THE FORM OF ALL-CAPS POEMS, taking/making pictures of site specific installations and playing jazz-standards on ukulele.
My drive has always been to reach out to move the world, or to allow the world in to move me. For me, each new project is like an exploration, where the goal is not to end up where I planned to go when I started.

My background, before art-school, is in analogue photography, since I have studied three semesters at Fotografisk Skole in Århus, Denmark and one semester at fotografi at Daghøjskolen VERA, Copenhagen. I have used the photographic medium as a way of documenting land art pieces that I’ve made during trips to the forest out of branches, stones, leaves etc.
I have been painting and drawing all my life as well as playing the guitar and singing, sometimes as a street musician.

During my stay at Skomvær I have made installations in the boathouse, instruments from things I found, recorded video (which will later turn into a documentary) and made timelapse videos of movements on the pier at the island. It has been a pleasure to work in such a beautiful place and learning more about birds and plants around the island, while also giving them the space and respect that they need.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrCEMrOWdtMIKR9FIHXkpiA/featured
Amber Ablett
2022
Artist in Residence
Artist in Residence

Amber Ablett is an artist and writer based in Bergen, Norway. Using performance, text, sound and re-enactment, her work looks at the importance of belonging to how we be together, with an focus on how our society shapes, reflects, controls and limits our multifaceted identities. Ablett uses her own position, as a mixed race woman living in Norway, as a starting point to create a space for questioning communality and shared thinking; she is interested in how we learn about ourselves through learning about other people. Stepping away from spectacle, Ablett often uses workshops and gatherings as a platform to share and open up her practice.

While she is at Rost AIR, Amber will be spending time in nature and in books, researching, thinking and exploring how we can share participatory art projects via documentation as a way to extend their reach and life.

Amber stayed at Røstlandet for a month in August 2022.

Image credit: Jan Khür 2021

www.amberablett.com
Kamilla Skrinde (NO)
2021
Artist in residence


Kamilla Skrinde ( b. 1979 in Stavanger ). She has a master's degree from the Art Academy in Trondheim and lives and works in Oslo. In recent years, she has completed a number of residency programs that she has received through «Open calls» and on her own initiative. Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale (NO), Berlin (DE), Ny Ålesund on Svalbard (NO) and Rud AiR (SE). Among other things, she has shown her work at Studio 17 in Stavanger, RAKE Visningsrom Trondheim, and Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium.

Her artistic expression includes drawing, painting, text, artist books, and sculpture. She is concerned with the sensuous and intuitive as method. Art is the language she prefers to use to converse with the outside world. Through her work, she wants to create potential emotional communicative spaces for other people as well. At Røst AiR she immersed herself in the physical part of the drawing process with Røstlandet as her co-creator. When she works outside she gets close to nature. In this way, nature sets the framework for her process and she communicates and exchanges experience and mood with it. The sensuality of nature sharpens the sensory apparatus and sets in motion her physical movement with the brush. This is how the sensory impressions manifest themselves right on the canvas again, filtered through her body. She experiences it as a circular process, inspired by nature and our body's own life cycle.

www.kamillaskrinde.no
Eline Bjerkan (NO)
2021
Artist in residence


Eline Bjerkan is an art and theatre critic from Trondheim, Norway, with a master’s degree in art criticism and cultural dissemination from NTNU. She mainly writes for the online magazines ArtScene Trondheim and Scenekunst.no. She is also part of the editorial board at ArtScene Trondheim.

During her work as a critic, she has been particularly interested in place/space and site-specific art – both from an aesthetic and a political point of view. This interest has i.a. resulted in the text series “Om minnetap og byutvikling” (“Memory loss and urban development”) (2016-2019, ArtScene Trondheim). She was also responsible for the text series “Stedsfornemmelser” (“A Sense of Place”) (2019-2020, ArtScene Trondheim). The texts deal with art in public spaces, ecology, cultural heritage, and urban development from an artistic point of view.

During her stay at Røst, she did research and wrote on her new text series "Polare randsoner". The text series explores themes such as ecology, identity, politics, and geography in the northern parts of Norway, Sápmi, and Barents. The interviews and essays explain how art can shed light on, challenge, these themes, and create new narratives.


https://artscene.no/author/elinebjerkan/
Magdaléna Manderlová (CZ/NO)
2021
Intern/June
Artist in residence / Praktikant
Intern/June



Carina Elisabeth Beddari (NO)
2021
Artist in residence


Carina Elisabeth Beddari is a Norwegian literary critic based in Finnmark and Mexico City. She mainly writes for the weekly newspaper Morgenbladet, but has also published essays on poetry and feminism in different magazines. During her stay on Røst AIR she will be working on an essay on resistance in contemporary Sámi poetry in translations, as well as reviews.

Amalie Holthen og Anna Näumann (NO)
2021
Intern/July
Artist in residence and intern, June/July
Intern/July

Amalie Holthen (b.1992) is an artist based in Tromsø, graduated from Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art. She works within the field of institutional critique, producing works that are direct responses to those expectations to artists/art that exist within the substantial structures and/or institutions. Her works often take form as performances and conceptual sculptures.

Anna Näumann (b.1993) is also based in Tromsø, where she is part time artist, art critique writer beside running Kurant9000, and artist run initiative and gallery space. She is educated from Nordland Kunst- og filmhøgskole in Lofoten, with a BA in Moving Images, as well as a BA in Journalism. Her artistic interests are floating around multispecies ways of living, working with more-than-human ecologies. Using her queer body of water as a tool to imagine other forms of knowledge and future possibilities.

Anna and Amalie are part of the production team of Open Out Queer Art Festival in Tromsø 2021.

  • Anna Näumann and Amalie Holthen, Skomvær 2021

Annabelle Despard (GB/NO)
2021
Artist in residence


Annabelle Despard (b. 1943) is a cand.philol. and debuted as a poet in 1995. She has published seven collections of poems, and was previously occupied as an associate professor of British cultural studies at the University of Agder (UiA). She has an education in English, French and literary studies. In addition to her collections of poems, she has also been an author of prose and educational texts.

Her latest book, and seventh collection "Vannet bestemmer" was published by Cappelen Damm in 2020. Despard seeks to illuminate our place in nature and the universe. She writes about what she knows and has seen, the wonderful and the ridiculous, from the Old Testament to detergents. Vital images from a lived life that brings our existence in perspective.

Aggie Frost and Per Martinsen (NO)
2021
Artist in residence


Aggie Frost is known as a long-term contributor of Arctic electronic music, especially known from the pop project Frost, but also as a songwriter, composer and producer of music for television, film, theater and art installations. She is currently working on the project "Mother of Pearl" which is a musical work, lyrics, monologues and videos that are summed up with a concert performance that premieres during the Festival in Northern Norway, June 2022.

Aggie has a special connection to Skomvær Lighthouse, as her father, Chris Peterson, lived here his last years, until he passed away in 1997. Aggie wants to use the stay to write and edit the material for the performance Pearl Mother, as well as record sound and record vocals out at the lighthouse.
aggiefrost.com

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Per Martinsen has operated with the alias Mental Overdrive as his solo project since 1990. He has also been involved in a number of collaborative projects with other artists, and has run his own record label, Love OD Communications, since 1995. Mental Overdrive celebrated 30- anniversary and Love OD Communications' 25th anniversary in 2020, and marked this with a bunch of concerts and new releases. The anniversary year was also a crossroads where the musical focus has moved further away from electronic dance music and towards a more dynamic and varied musical landscape with sound design and visual elements in focus. Martinsen is currently a research fellow in artistic development work, at UIT-Norway's Arctic University, with the project “The search for resonance”.
mentalvoverdrive.net

Per wants to write and continue working with audio recordings he recorded at Skomvær last year, for his PhD project.

Kate Butcher (AU)
2021
Volunteer/AiR
Volunteer/AiR

Katherine Butcher (AU) is a visual artist based in Trondheim, working with cultural artefacts represented by found materials, found-ideas and found-structures. Her work co-opts these materials to intervene in the form of creative writing, storytelling, video, and immersive installations.

Kate stayed at Skomvær for one week as a volunteer/guest artist in June 2021.

https://katherinebutcher.com/
Tatiana Philippova (RU)
2021
The Right to be Cold
The Right to be Cold

Tatiana Philippova is a resident at Røst AiR via digital residency and exchange for one month starting November 19, 2021. Tatiana is part of the Residency Relay of The Right to be Cold project. Read more about the project at Goethe-Institut here: https://www.goethe.de/ins/no/no/kul/sup/neu.html

Tatiana Philippova is a writer from Yakutsk, The Sakha Republic, Russia. She is focused on fragmentary prose, which intends to follow principles of non-linear connections as in «rhizome» that allows for multiple, non-hierarchical entries.  Pieces of prose and poetry she assembles to the so-called «Set» («Sborka»), the structure of which is built on rhythm. That’s how she as a queer person, a lesbian, and a Sakha woman recollects her «self» by decolonizing her experience.

Her grandparents were forced to leave their land (this event is called «Churapchinskoe pereselenie» - «Churapcha forced relocation») during WW II. They strived to return to their homes, but now global climate change gradually transforms Yakutia into some other place with forest fires, floods, earth hollows due to thawing permafrost. Can modern indigenous people of Yakutia find a new homeland elsewhere or they should continue to live on their ancestor's land with the feeling of catastrophe — this is the question she tries to answer in her expression. Tatiana is a winner of the «Znamya» literature magazine award 2020. She lives in Yakutsk.

Various
2020
NEWS for 2020 - our 8th Season!
AIR artist
NEWS for 2020 - our 8th Season!

Here comes a list on the the 1st of April 2020 of the guest artist, writers, poets, curators, resarchers etc coming to Røstlandet and Skomvær for an AiR stay season # 8.

Various
2020
A social coreograhphy for land, beings and people in the Røst archipelago 2020-2024
Project 2020-2024
A social coreograhphy for land, beings and people in the Røst archipelago 2020-2024

Information coming spring 2020!!

Simon Gripenberg (FI)
2020
Artist in residence, July-August, Røstlandet and Skomvær


I am a Finnish artist living in Pietarsaari, situated on the west coast of Finland. My mother tongue is however Swedish. I have a background in engineering and like to work interdisciplinary. My art projects are often influenced by technology, science and current research. During the recent years I have been experimenting a lot with wind installations – using mostly recycled materials. My last project was a wind sculpture for a museum in Helsinki.

I am deeply concerned about the state of the biosphere and the future of our civilization. My art relates to topics as climate change, peak oil and biodiversity loss. During the years I have done many art projects criticizing the current system and its ideologies, and I keep myself updated and aware about all the different challenges we are facing as a civilization. At the moment I am however mostly focused on solutions. Through my art projects I promote alternative ways of thinking – for example, by exploring different slow- and low-tech solutions. I have also been writing about sustainability issues as a newspaper columnist for almost three years.

www.simonshares.org
Carina Elisabeth Beddari (NO)
2020
Artist in residence, July, Røstlandet and Skomvær


Carina Elisabeth Beddari is a Norwegian literary critic based in Mexico City. She mainly writes for the weekly newspaper Morgenbladet, but has also published essays on poetry and feminism in different magazines. During her stay on Røst AIR she will be working on reviews, essays and translations of contemporary Mexican literature.

http://turforlag.no
Magdaléna Manderlová (CZ/NO)
2020
Intern/July
Artist in residence / Praktikant
Intern/July

I’m an artist and a musician from the Czech Republic, currently based in Trondheim, Norway. I hold an MFA from the University of Ostrava (2015) and an MA from Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts (2018). Along with my visual arts education, I have a background history as a singer-songwriter and was active in the Czech indie scene between 2012-18.

I'm interested in the intersections of the sonic world, sound, and listening, reading, and writing. I like to think, feel and dream through sound and am curious about using listening as a way to engage with the world. I explore field recording as a way not only of listening, and of conceiving listening, but also of reading and writing.

In my artistic practice and processes, I engage with specific places through field investigations; this often involves walking, listening, recording, and writing. My projects take the form of site-specific works, writing, artist books, or sonic essays which are composed of field recordings, text, and music.

https://magdalenamanderlova.com/
Aggie Frost and Per Martinsen (NO)
2020
Guest stay
Artist in residence
Guest stay

Aggie Frost and Per Martinsen stayed for one week in July, 2020.

Pauliia Hassjoki (FI)
2019
Artist in residence June into July
Berivan Erdogan (NO)
2019
Artist in residence June into July


Berivan Erdogan (b. 1989, Norway) is originally a Kurd from Turkey, born in Molde and raised in Oslo. She is mainly working with subjects related to the political and sexual identity, which she expresses through role-play and video. Subjects concerning belonging, cultural differences, traditions, gender and power-relations are of her main interest. In March 2015, Berivan got an International Art Award at Arte Laguna Prize in Venice. She has participated in group exhibitions such as Nobody Passes at Galleri KiT Trondheim (2015), Høstutstillingen at Kunstnernes Hus (2014) and Purgatorio, Norsk Billedhoggerforening, Oslo (2014).

www.berivanerdogan.com
Berivan Erdogan
2019
Artist in residence, Røstlandet, June


Berivan Erdogan (b. 1989, Norway) is originally a Kurd from Turkey, born in Molde and raised in Oslo. She is mainly working with subjects related to the political and sexual identity, which she expresses through role-play and video. Subjects concerning belonging, cultural differences, traditions, gender and power-relations are of her main interest. In March 2015, Berivan got an International Art Award at Arte Laguna Prize in Venice. She has participated in group exhibitions such as Nobody Passes at Galleri KiT Trondheim (2015), Høstutstillingen at Kunstnernes Hus (2014) and Purgatorio, Norsk Billedhoggerforening, Oslo (2014).

www.berivanerdogan.com
Angelica Falkeling (SE)
2019
Sunday Painting Club
Artist in residence, June/july, Skomvær and Røstlandet
Sunday Painting Club

Sunday Painting Club


During their stay at Røst air, will Angelica live and make through the breath of the island by tuning in to the tones and rhythms through their portable sound studio, clarinet, and melodica. Their research draw from the aftermath of a seminar about islands from a philosophical and geographical point of view. In their work they often intuitively speak and connect with places, sites and spaces through material installations, textile assemblies and recycled collages.



They often work with literary circular compositions, plastic 'waste, and natural dye techniques in order to suggest queer slutty slinky pumpkin ways of living and working together.

www.cargocollective.com/angelicafalkeling
Pauliina Haasjoki (FI)
2019
Artist in residence, Røstlandet, June


I am a writer living in Helsinki, Finland, and I write in Finnish. I am 42 years old and go by 'she'. My published work, starting 1999, has so far been poetry. This fall I have two new books coming out, my eighth book of poetry, Promessa, and my first book of essays, Himmeä sininen piste. During my stay I will be working on the latter.

Himmeä sininen piste is a word for word translation for Pale Blue Dot, the image of a pixel-sized Earth taken by Voyager 1 in 1990. The image has been widely interpreted as a view of ”us” in the context of the whole cosmos and ”insignificant” in that perspective. I want to challenge this interpretation firstly because it assimilates Earth and its whole biosphere with human concerns. If the goal is to call out human hubris by saying, ”see, there we are, see how small we are in the scheme of things”, the attempt simply does not work as it loses sight of everything else that is ”there”, situated within the pale blue pixel. Secondly, the image does not actually show Earth in the context of the cosmos but in a much smaller, much more relevant one: the context of the Solar System, which the probe is at the time just leaving behind. The image pictures Earth in its neighbourhood, in connection to its Sun and other planets of the same system, the only planet within the habitable zone and the only body currently to support complex, multi-cellular life.

My book consists of six chapters, which move from outer space as a screen for projected imaginings of grandour, or desolation, to the crossroads of dystopia and utopia people around me find themselves at the moment, as exemplified in the ubiquitous phrase "20 years from now". Next I attempt to think about two othernesses of humanity, namely extraterretrial life, which is often made to play deus ex machina, and – more significantly – other animal species. I see a very slow and painful revotution in thinking about other animals, and try to record that for my part. The last two chapters deal with first how people experience critical time, a "koyaanisqatsi" if you will, with a duration, with a history of its own, and lastly, how they are encouraged to share, in all old and new senses of the word, awareness of climate and other related threats on a complexity of meta levels. My hope is that the book could be an account of ideas and fantasies as experienced by a non-expert, as a moving, shifting reality; I try to, as much as I can, record the change in my own perception and ideas, which has been substantial during the six years I've thought about this book.

In Røst I will be working with comments and revisions and completing the last chapter, which has taken the form of a series of diary entries recording the process of the book and miscellaneous observations that have furthered it, often springing from something ”shared”, something on one of my feeds.


At the time of my stay my other book Promessa will be ready for printing. It continues in part from my previous poetry book Planeetta, where I looked for expressions for a newly felt bodily reality of the planet. Promessa takes this a further by considering soil and decomposing, the promise of a return that is given to all organic, living matter but rarely kept now. It is the most bodily of my books so far. I'd hope while at Røst to start work on new poetry, to form a trilogy with the two, and hopefully to do with (sea) water. I look forward to being immersed in the surroundings and the community and letting that affect the directions any new work will be taking.


In addition to my own writing I'm active in a publishing co-operative, Poesia (poesia.fi). Its titles are mostly poetry, but we have also published works that move between genres, experimental prose and works on philosophy of art and post-fossil thinking.

Kaisa Lempinen (FI)
2019
Artist in residence and intern, June/July




Venke Tørmænen / Røst AiR
2019
Røst AIR plant coloring workshop with Venke Tørmænen
Workshop
Røst AIR plant coloring workshop with Venke Tørmænen

A plant coloring workshop led by duojar Vneke Tørmænen. We color local røsr wool spun by Lofoten Wool (Ragnhild Lie) with local Røst and Skomvær plants and sea-weed.

Jason Havneraas
2019
AiR artist
Artist in residence August 2019, Røstlandet
Turid Alida Røsten
2019
Artist in residence Røstlandet, September-October


Musician, composer and dancer.

https://soundcloud.com/philco-fiction
Katarina Skår Lisa
2018
Artist in residence


Katarina Skår Lisa er danser, pedagog og koreograf, som for øyeblikket studerer koreografi ved Kunsthøyskolen i Oslo. Hun er interessert i forholdet mellom poesi, kunst og natur- og våres møter med det fysiske, ytre og indre landskap. Skår Lisa ønsker å se på hvordan koreografi kan være, men også bli delt som en gave; til mennesket, jorda og til helheten. I denne utforskningen ser hun nærmere på både samiske - og urfolks filosofier og metodikker. Hvordan kan vi lytte, iaktta eller handle til det vi omringes av; i- og med medfølende bevegelse eller gester. Hvordan kan vi se på våres bevegelser i relasjon til andre levende vesener, strukturer, landområder, historier, tradisjoner. I denne pågående utforskningen, ser Katarina nærmere på å sin norske og samiske slekt i Øst- Finnmark, og hun ønsker lære om deres historie som både sjø- og reindriftsamer; deres relasjon til naturen, men også historien om fornorskningen av den samiske kultur. Hvordan den har påvirket og enda berører den samiske kultur.



Ved sitt opphold hos Røst AIR har Katarina valgt tre fokus punkt:



Å bevege seg og observere bevegelse i områder mellom land og vann. Observere møtet mellom ulike liv og formasjoner i landskapet. Praktisere daglige gester, bevegelse såvel som samtaler med landskapet. Reflektere omkring gaven, og hva denne kan bety på Skomvær.



Arbeide med poetiske tekster og bevegelse i bilder. Målet er å lage et lite hefte som skal publiseres som en del av LOCUS forlag ( ved Tanja Thorjussen og Thale Fastvold), i relasjon til deres prosjekt; Concerning the spiritual in the art.



I samspill med andre deltagere ved Røst AIR; å lytte til og dele om verdenssyn og innganger til den kulturelle, historiske og nåværende konteksten til Skomvær Fyr og øyas nære omgivelser.

www.katarinalisa.com
Eline McGeorge
2018
Artist in residence


Eline McGeroge lives and works in Oslo and London. Grounded in drawing and animation, I have spent two decades making work around ideas of alienation and alternative realities. The themes in question are brought forward in drawing, animation, video montage, collage, sculpture, weaving, printmaking, texts and artist-books, most often put together in installation. My visual technics range between crafty and digital, low-tech and high-tech, abstract as well as directly referential and documentary methods.



Their latest exhibition is the current solo show 'On Joined Flight Lines’ at Hollybush Gardens, London,UK, which brings together woven and sculptural works from 2015 with new fabric pieces and a series of pencil drawings.



What Elin want to do in the residency period, is to re-write a text they wrote for an artist-book in 2009 into the setting of landscapes, animals, peoples, cultures and histories of Røst, the Røst Air-residency setting and the surroundings.
The text is a sort of sci-fi story with multiple interchangeable characters, one of them who escapes the political and cultural constraints of a bordered, hyper-capitalist ‘zone’, ventures through a landscape relying on her improvised navigation technology and facing the limitations of her own ‘mental’ programming. The precarious situation seems to turn towards companionship, resistance and healing as she joins forces with other characters politically and technologically intersecting the ‘zone’ they are resisting.



In general, development of characters, their traits and identities are part of Eline McGeroge´s research strategies, visual exploration and work narratives. The characters and their traits are montages of real historic and contemporary people, mixed with traits borrowed from fiction/mythic characters and theoretic concepts relevant to the research and topics of my projects. These hybrid characters are shape-shifters, not to make up an argument, but as forms and concepts to think with, - about interlinked paradoxes, ambiguities, contradicting forces and energies that run minds and worlds and might never be one or the other, good/bad, human/animal, male/female, opponent/ally, healing/destructive, guardian/enemy.



Their current works deal with the slow and ultimate alienation resulting from the loss of habitat and a livable place in the world, -what this kind of process does to bodies and minds and a search for how to heal, regenerate, reverse or resist deterioration ….



In the Røst residency, Eline is interested in collecting local memories of changes to multi-species interaction, interdependency, communication, companion spirits – memories of worlds and forms of life.

This research will be accounted for in the re-writing of the text mentioned as a shared and interactive process with the other participants in the residency. It might also be material for other works, with respect to the sources and in agreement with people that might have shared of their knowledge/materials.



http://elinemcgeorge.net/
Røst AIR working group
2018
Arbeidsgruppa Røst AIR /Røst AIR working group
Røst Air
Arbeidsgruppa Røst AIR /Røst AIR working group

Jason Rosenberg (US), Marie Kaada Hovden (NO) and Elin Már Øyen Vister (NO) are three artist whom together with a network of colleagues make up Røst AIR´s collective workspace /fellesverksted. We are also the three humans that form Røst AIR working group and in striving towards joint ownership, we try to create a more diverse platform of decision making. We run Røst AIR together on a volunteer basis throughout the year.

We have been funded by Nordland Fylkeskommune / Nordland City Council´s AIR Support since 2012.

Amalia Kasakove and Anna Lea Ourø
2018
Intership and Artists in residence


16th of June, 2018



Amalia Kasakove and Anna Lea Ourø, are a Copenhagen based duo working with dance and choreography. It has been five days since we left Copenhagen on the ferry, and now we are just waiting for the weather to let us pass to Skomvær. We follow each other around in our lives and in these reckless times, it seems to give us safety. We often speculate how it could be elsewhere.


We are working on a new piece that revolves around a thought of speculative meditation as a form for a gathering, that gives room for alternative stories to emerge and a performance that gives in to a place of rest. Rest in the way, that there might not be something to look for, but without being sure what you are seeing, it can give space to another temporality, that is not only the here and now.


We can only imagine what is not here, so how can a performance open up an imaginatination for otherness and make space to be here and elsewhere? We would like to spend time with finding a place of alternative togetherness, where we give up the expectation to gain.



One can feel a sorrow for the things that are not here, and one can mourn for those absent realities. Through being next to these realities, we find a space of ambiguity, a kind of indifferent expressiveness. We lay out a flat dramaturgy, where we give up what the art is expected to provide, but find a place of dwelling, as a form of speculative meditation.

Jonas Qvale
2018
Artist in residence


I am a sound artist and painter born in 1972, and I finished my art education at KiT in Trondheim (NO) in 2000. I fell in love with the landscape of northern Norway while doing military service as a photography assistant at Andøya air base in 1994, and this is my fourth summer at Røst AiR, this year as an artist in residency.



I live in Fredrikstad and earn a living promoting events at a local concert and theatre venue. I am the leader of Bymiljølista in Fredrikstad, an independent political party/list on the left with strong local environment concerns and with representation in the city council. I am also the leader of the Østfold county artists union ØBK, and a board member of New Music Østfold.



I work with natural sound, synthesis and treatments, as well as musical instruments and other sound making devices. I create instruments and signal processing chains, and experiment with unorthodox recording techniques, and I work both in a noise/experimental music direction and with song structures. I am deeply fascinated by sound as a physical phenomenon, and as a carrier of emotions and content.



I create, perform and release recordings under the alias origami antarktika. Since 2012 I have collaborated with scenographer Silje Steinsvik and actor Brit Steinsvik in the ongoing project «Shadow vs light» which deals with the meeting of nature with human presence through video, light and sound installations with live elements. In 2016 I created music, live sound teatments and soundscapes for the theatre piece «Forced Beauty» with the group T. I. T. S. which continues to be performed across Europe. My latest solo work as origami antarktika is the C90 compact cassette «Submerged», released in an edition of 10 at an art fair for multiples at Prosjektrom Helium in Fredrikstad this year.


http://origamiantarktika.bandcamp.com/
Since 1999, I have led the music and performance group Hornorkesteret. Our music is a hybrid of contemporary composition, wild improvisations and folk music, performed on stringed moose and reindeer antlers augmented by timpani and field recordings.


http://hornorkesteret.no/
During my previous visits to Skomvær, I have recorded to two tracks using hydrophones, contact microphones and regular microphones, searching for the pulse of nature hidden within the sounds. This year I am bringing a multi track recorder to get richer and more detailed recordings, mainly of waves and wind, but also birds, insects and human presence.The philosophy of Røst Air corresponds well with my world views, as I am deeply concerned about the harm we inflict on the planet and each other.

http://www.hornorkesteret.no/
Marie Kaada Hovden
2018
Skomvær fellesverksted
Skomvær collective workspaces
Skomvær fellesverksted

FLO
månen trekker havet tettere

opp i sprekkene, langsetter klippene
endrer formene
mens øya blir mindre og avstanden til land
lang -



https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=Yq4YrxzNWLo

https://mariekaadahovden.wordpress.com/
Jason Rosenberg
2018
Skomvær fellesverksted
Skomvær collective workspaces
Skomvær fellesverksted

Jason Rosenberg is a visual artist working between New York and Northern Norway.His work is directly inspired by interactive experiences in nature. He describes his practice as meditative, formalist, automatic, and undefined.


For the past two summers at Skomvær he has been working on a series of Batik/wax resist paintings which reflect the spiritual relationship between the artist and the natural world. Using beeswax as a dye resist, and natural indigo as a base color, he has also been experimenting with extracting colors from nature while on the island (roots, leaves, mushrooms, and lichen) to use in his works.

www.jason-rosenberg.net
Elin Már Øyen Vister
2018
Skomvær fellesverksted
Skomvær collective workspaces
Skomvær fellesverksted

This summer I am continuing to listen and to record the island life and to explore the botanical life here. I am also continuing my friendship with this summer island.

I am also compiling tracks for Soundscape Røst- Spaces and species Vol II and I am working on an ongoing performance and text entitled Sirkelens Historie forteller Akt #1 / The ontology of the circle speak Akt #1.



About me:



I am an artist and composer with my base on Røst, Nordland/Sápmi. With a broad audio and music background (DJ, producer, field recordings and radio), I work within several artistic disciplines and experience a multitude of practices as one wholeness of my expression. I am occupied with listening as artistic practice and as a way to compose, sense and experience the world.

Two of my ongoing projects are Soundscape Røst and Deconstructing Norwegian-ness. I prefare to work long term, site-specific and as I have a research based practice; where the process and how I go about the process of interacting with humans and non human and local landscapes and ecologies, are as important to me as the work in progress. I enjoy my attempts of deconstructing "national state truths" and other " truths" and I like to spend time on surveying local ecology, history, ethnography, infrastructure, and so forth.

By listening to the ocean, the sky, birds, mountains, infrastructure, buildings and people´s oral and written stories, I seek to include both the human and the non-human, the spoken and the un-told in the nature-cultures we all share and live in. My work strive to break with Western hegemonic narratives that have placed the human being in the centre, and instead focuses on landscape's innate stories and knowledge. My work is always inspired and informed by queerness and a multicultural or pluriversal understanding of cosmos.

I experience all the work I create as collaborative efforts and not my individual making.
Together with the working group of Røst AiR I co- run Røst Artist in Residency, an artist run workshop and AIR project, at Skomvær Fyr,Røst, Nordland/Sápmi.



www.childofklang.no / www.soundscaperost.com

www.elinmar.com
Queer Ecologies # 3
2018
Artist network in residence and seminar


Queer Ecologies is a 10 day seminar taking place at Røst AiR for the 3rd time (previously in 2016 & 2015), this time we are a group of 8 individuals: Elin Mar Øyen Vister, Mo Moesgaard, Calder Harben, Mario Fjell, Malin Arnell, Adwait Singh, Liv Brissach, and Eline McGeorge.



Queer Ecologies is organized as part of The Queer Ecologies Network, which is a larger international network of artists, activists, researchers, curators, among others, who wish to bring our diverse experiences, knowledges, resources, strategies and desires together in conversation. This time the conversation is with each other, Røst AiR, Skomvær island, the Røst Archipelago region, Sápmi, and all the more-than--human inhabitants sharing space with us. This iteration we plan to spend time together in the critical intersections of lived queer experience, activism, decolonialism/anti-colonialism, climate change/justice, nature cultures, and experiences of grief and rage, among others, through embodied practises and experimental ways of being together.

akcg
2018
Artist in residence


akcg is an artist duo whose work explores the relationship between art and discursive fields such as "sustainability", gentrification, digitalisation and power, as manifested not least by categories such as class, color and gender. We are visual artists. Our work includes public art, installations, images, sounds, videos, speech, text and exhibitions. We lecture, participate in workshops, teach, write and translate texts.


akcg has worked with Gallery Ynglingagatan 1, Swe.De 1996-2000 and been 50% of love and devotion (ingrid eriksson, carina gunnars, karin johnson, anna kindgren) 2000-2006. A relationship to Brazil in the south, still lingers on since 2006, despite the distance and a harsh military force within the country. More and more voices that want democracy are threatened and even killed.

2013-2014 we were 50% of the work group that shared responsibility for Konsthall C in Hökarängen. We built the long-term exhibition "Sustainability - what do we mean?", a critical investigation of a city development project.

For several years, akcg has been invited to or initiated collaborations with artist initiatives from Norway, Finland and Sápmi. akcg has had a reading group since 2016 that takes place in a space that has been based on cooperation for 40 years. We read texts by Naomi Klein, Angela Davis, David Graeber, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney.

In the fall of 2017 we were resident artists at Mustarinda Association in Finland under the title Post-Fossil Aestethics (PFA).

akcg runs "grus grus", a small publishing house for own and other's work. In 2018 we will print two publications. One with our own texts with the working title "death to the upper cases".

In February 2018, we made the exhibition "fog bank - we stumble lost in the fog bank which with the highest interest rate on future debt have been put on our unborn's accounts", Gallery 54, Gothenburg.

Autumn 2018, we continue with Sápmi, radio and extraction. We have initiated another long-term investigation, which conserns questions around the oncept of BY / SIJDDA / KYLÄ / BYGD / VILLAGE / SELO, together with artists in Sápmi, the Nordic region and the South that met in Stockholm May 2018 and will meet again at Mustarinda, in August 2018.



For several years we have been working with water. We live in a world wide system that has totally failed in terms of quality of life for most living organisms and elements on earth. The negative effects of capitalism encompass most of life. This is what we have to relate to today! We are all mostly made of water. We are evaporated water that reached the atmosphere and traveled with winds towards the cold and then fell as rain, back into wells and streams. Water that have flowed through other bodies. Over rocks and branches, descending mountain sides in Himalayas and gathered in rivers on their way into sea and lakes. The water we have drunken. It is us. At Røst Air this summer we will continue this work in relation to global warming. A climatological fact that has become extremely palpable this very summer of 2018 with heat waves and fires.



www.galleri54.com/docroot/en/utstallning/akcg

www.akcg.org
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Camilla Wexels Riser
2018
Artist in residence


Jeg arbeider prosessorientert og stedssensitivt innenfor både scenekunst og billedkunstfeltet og mitt fokus og utgangspunkt er alltid materialet. Materialene jeg benytter har avgjørende innvirkning og betydning for hvordan vi opplever verkene rent sensorisk. Det taktile, sanselige og den symbolske betydningen av materialet er utslagsgivende for alle valg jeg tar, materialiteten former prosjektene på en slik måte at alle valg og ideer blir katalysatorer for prosjektet på en organisk måte. Bruk av materialitet fungerer dramaturgisk, det danner mening og tydeliggjør innhold. Selve arbeidet med organiske materialer er interessant i et kulturhistorisk perspektiv og jeg inspireres av gamle håndverkstradisjoner.



På Skomvær skal jeg arbeide med tang og tare og utforske muligheten til å lage større skulpturelle former. Disse tenkes brukt i ulike forbindelser både som selvstendige verk men også som deler i en kompleks installasjon / forestilling. I samarbeid med danse kompaniet Landing DA arbeider vi mot en ny produksjon i vinter 2018 med støtte fra bla.a Kultur rådet.

www.instagram.com/millaworks
Calder Harben
2017
Røst AiR Ocean Observatory v 1.0 / Listening to water
Artist in residence
Røst AiR Ocean Observatory v 1.0 / Listening to water

Calder Harben is a visual and sound artist, Canadian born and currently based in Copenhagen (DK). In 2015 Harben received an MA from Tromsø Kunstakademiet, and a diploma from Nordic Sound Art program. As trans person, their gender is fluid moving beyond a binary of male/female. These liminal experiences inform their exploration of interstices. Harben engages in individual, collaborative and community-based projects on topics of ecology, human/more-than-human, and borders. They approach their work through a lens of queer, decolonial and embodied practises.

http://www.calderharben.com
Jason Rosenberg
2017
Artist in residence / Working group


Jason Rosenberg is an artist based between New York and Northern Norway. He is a member of the Røst AIR working group. During Røst AiR season 2016, Jason has been working on a series of ink drawings on paper which focus on extracting messages from rocks through meditation, observation, and chance.

He is also currently working on making an artist cookbook for Røst AIR which will bring together 5 years worth of recipes cooked and created on Skomvær, as well as information about the edible plants and seaweeds that grow wild on the island.

http://www.jason-rosenberg.net
Elin Már Øyen Vister
2017
Soundscape Røst - Røst AiR Ocean Observatory v 1.0
Artist in residence / Working group
Soundscape Røst - Røst AiR Ocean Observatory v 1.0

Elin Már Øyen Vister (b. 1976)




Elin Már Øyen Vister is an artist who works with listening as an artistic practice, sensory walks, installations, performance, experimental music, sculptural elements, organic material and text. Her work adresses issues of climate change and climate grief, nature-culture dichotonomies, body and gender. Their work is informed by decolonial action and thought, postcolonial feminist and queer ecology perspectives; thus theory and practice are given equal importance.



Sound works such as those in the Soundscape Røst series and Fjellene forteller at stillheten er døden [The Mountains tells us that silence is death], explore a place, its inhabitants and their relations—investigating how personal histories are often political, and how the present moment of a place continuously orients itself both forwards and backwards in time. These investigations provide the creative basis for reflections on the sociopolitical and nature-cultural histories associated with a place, and their relationship to aesthetic form: how can this story best be told, how can its tensions be explored and made visible?



Øyen Vister’s work often depart from listening and sonic investigations, tuning in to place, environment and time in a focused manner. Improvisation and acute perception are as important here as the elaboration of sensory impressions. Reflecting this focus on embodied or corporeal investigation, Vister has started working physically with audiences, through performances in which she encourages participation and explores the exchanges that this leads to.



Elin Már is part of Røst AiR working group and funded Røst AiR in 2012

www.childofklang.no
Marie Kaada Hovden
2017
Artist in residence / Working group


https://soundcloud.com/mariekaada/roze-and-marie



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmJytcGKUGc&t=23s



https://soundcloud.com/mariekaada/skomvaerssull

https://mariekaadahovden.wordpress.com/
Maja Nilsen
2017
Artist in residence


Maja Nilsen is a Norwegian artist (1978) based din Berlin and Norway. She has an MFA from Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (2003-2005) and a BA from Trondheim and Dublin.


The work of Maja Nilsen is created from memory and imagination, residing somewhere in the tension between autobiographical reference points and poetically immersed dream worlds. She works in a cross/multimedia manner that mostly results in site-specific projects, collages, sculpture and lately also scenography and costumes.



Nilsen is interested in how people have lived their lives and how we through history have tried to understand the world around us. How do we seek explanations of complex issues and phenomena throughout including science, religion and folklore? Her art tends to expose connectivity with the past, present and future existences. She has been specially occupied by how people relate to nature and how places and scenery affect us. Her own background, which has consisted of fishing families for many generations, has especially preoccupied her artistic practice.

http://www.majanilsen.com/
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  • "Det flytende fjellet" Maja Nilsen på Trondheim Kunstmuseum

Various contributors
2017
Ocean Seminar Vol 1
Seminar
Ocean Seminar Vol 1

We invite you to join us this summer at Røst in Lofoten, Norway /Sápmi for a four day ocean seminar, where artists and scientists will speak about their research and work which is directly connected to the ocean in one way or another. From the perspective of nature science, political science and a variety of artistic methods and expressions.





There are several reasons why Røst AiR wish to engage in a multidisciplinary gathering to exchange work and knowledge concerning the ocean and it´s marine ecology. With our location on the island Skomvær, surrounded by the North Atlantic sea, it is hard to overlook. The world's largest known deep water coral reef is located in the Røst archipelago and is among the richest habitats we have. Røst is also home to one of Northern Europe’s largest pelagic seabird colonies situated in the Nykan nature reserve. However the seabird populations are in a crisis and have been struggling along since the Atlantic Herring population collapsed in the 60´ies. Pollution, badly managed fisheries, and climate change are all impacting the seabirds current situation, both here on Røst and in the far away places they spend their winters. And as the story goes with most other circumpolar seabird colonies, year after year with decline in population, colonies and eventually bird mountains become silent. To take one example, Vedøya, Europes most extravagant and lively birds mountains, had in 1980, after years of decline, still an impressive breeding colony of 22000 pairs of Kittiwakes and 12000 pairs of Guillemots, as well as numerous Puffins and Razor Bills. in the spring of 2017, it is empty. This is climate change in practice, and the air mirrors the sea. The Røst archipelago is also situated amidst a grand economic and geopolitical battle which concerns the oil drilling in Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja and the struggle to end the Norwegian oil age.





Røst AiR is an artist run AIR initiative and communal workshops, founded in 2012. Since the summer of 2013 members of the Røst AIR working group and our guest artists have lived out with this wild landscape on the island of Skomvær and it´s 150 year old lighthouse station. Every summer we have invited different scientists to join us to share their work with us so that we slowly build up our knowledge about the ecosystem surrounding us, and how we can gradually learn to live more sustainable. Being out in this grand, open landscape, one learns to understand how vulnerable it actually is. They say we know more about the surface of the moon than of our deep oceans. So we invite you to join us this summer at Røst for a four day ocean seminar, where artists and scientists will speak about their research and work which is directly connected to the ocean in one way or another. From the perspective of nature science, political science and a variety of artistic methods and expressions.




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Ande Somby (Sápmi) feat. Chris Watson (UK)
2017
Yoiking With The Winged Ones at Tromsø Kunstforening
Røst AIR curatorial work
Yoiking With The Winged Ones at Tromsø Kunstforening

Yoiking With The Winged Ones
can be experienced at Romssa Da?iddasiida / Tromsø Kunstforening
22.5-6.6 2017
IKT congress preview 22nd-23rd Of May

Yoik and concept by Ande Somby (Sa?pmi) Sound recording and six channel spatialisation by Chris Watson (UK) Light design by Nicolas Horne Curated and produced by Elin Ma?r, Røst AiR
The installation is based on the album: Yoiking with the winged ones – A?nde Somby, Ash International via Touch, 2016

Røst AiR is an artist run, avantgarde AiR program, communal workshop and we arrange, curate and facilitate happenings, workshops, seminars, gatherings and lead botanical walks. We are proud to collaborate with A?nde Somby and Chris Watson, whom we are a both great fans off when presenting Yoiking With The Winged Ones as a 6 channel sound installation at Romssa Da?idda?siida/Tromsø Kunstforening.
The sound installation has been curated and planned to take place during the IKT post congress program as a
collaboration between Røst AiR and Ny Musikk.
Yoiking With The Winged Ones is part of Røst AiR ongoing focus on Sa?mi art, culture and history, and is honouring Tra?ante 2017, -a celebration marking the 100 years that have passed since the first congress for the Sa?mi people was held in Trondheim between February 6th and 9th
in 1917. Tra?ante 2017 is both a national celebration in Norway and a jubilee for Sami people from Sweden, Finland and Russia as well.
We wish you all a transforming listening experience.

Ande Somby (Sápmi) feat. Chris Watson (UK)
2017
Yoiking With The Winged Ones at Tromsø Kunstforening
Røst AIR curatorial work
Yoiking With The Winged Ones at Tromsø Kunstforening

Røst AiR

in collaboration with

Ny Musikk

presents:



Yoiking With The Winged Ones

can be experienced at

Romssa Daiddasiida / Tromsø Kunstforening

22.5 - 5.6.2017



Yoik and concept by Ande Somby (Sami)

Sound recording and six channel spatialisation by Chris Watson (UK)

Light design by Nicolas Horne

Curated and produced by Elin Mar, Røst AiR



The installation is based on the album: Yoiking with the winged ones – Ande Somby, Ash International via Touch, 2016



Røst AiR is an artist run, avantgarde AiR program, communal workshop and we arrange, curate and facilitate happenings, workshops, seminars, gatherings and lead botanical walks.



We are proud to collaborate with Ande Somby and Chris Watson, whom we are a both great fans off when presenting Yoiking With The Winged Ones as a 6 channel sound installation at Romssa Daiddasiida/Tromsø Kunstforening.



The sound installation has been curated and planned to take place during the IKT post congress program as a collaboration between Røst AiR and Ny Musikk.



Yoiking With The Winged Ones is part of Røst AiR ongoing focus on Sami art, culture and history, and is honouring Traante 2017, -a celebration marking the 100 years that have passed since the first congress for the Sami people was held in Trondheim between February 6th and 9th
in 1917. Traante 2017 is both a national celebration in Norway and a jubilee for Sami people from Sweden, Finland and Russia as well.



We wish you all a transforming listening experience.



PDF Download:



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Derek Glenn Martin
2017
The Passage from Self to The Earth
Artist in residence
The Passage from Self to The Earth

Objective: Røst



“The Passage from Self to The Earth”





Bycatch is an environmental fishing crises classified as incidental capture of non-target species. Bycatches can often leave netted oceanic life to drown or if captured aboard the ship, left to die or weakened to then be dropped back to the waters. I look to build a rapport with local fisheries/fishermen/women under the residency as well as expansion of self to the natural world under the secluded but vast landscape.






Bio: Martin is visual and performance artist based in New York. He has amassed solo, two-person and group shows nationally and internationally, taking his practice abroad to Poland, Germany, London, Egypt and throughout the United States. His latest works aim to rebuild a visual bridge of connectivity to our environment and expose environmental issues. He works site-specifically and implements natural materials and ancient practices to permeate and inform the work: “linking ourselves back to what once was sacred”. He is under research as an artist in residence at Røst in Norway. His work is held in public and private collections.

http://www.derekglennmartin.com/
Derek Glenn Martin
2017
The Passage from Self to The Earth
Artist in residence
The Passage from Self to The Earth

MARTIN IS A SITE-SPECIFIC ARTIST BASED IN NEW YORK. HE HAS AMASSED SOLO, TWO-PERSON AND GROUP SHOWS NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY, TAKING HIS PRACTICE ABROAD TO POLAND, GERMANY, LONDON, EGYPT AND THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. HIS CURRENT WORK INVESTIGATES THE PHENOMENA OF HUMAN CREATIVITY DATING BACK TO ANTIQUITY AND SEEKS TO EXPAND OUR ANCESTRAL DIALOGUE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT. AFTER HIS RESIDENCY AT ANDERSON RANCH MARTIN WILL CONTINUE HIS RESEARCH IN NORWAY AT THE RØST AIR. HIS WORK IS HELD IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS.

http://www.derekglennmartin.com/
AKCG
2017
Hydrofobia 2017
Artist in residence
Hydrofobia 2017

(akcg) anna kindgren and carina gunnars



We are invited to Røst air summer 2017 to contribute with a text. We will continue a work that deals with in what ways the capitalist system is intertwined with climate change. As two sides of the same coin. The investigations are filtered through our art practice and through a backdrop of queer ecology practiced since years, at Røst Air. We are working with one hand against the ground our feet are standing on. Skomvaer, Lofoten, is surrounded by water. A vital ingredient in our very bodies, of animals and humans. All life on Earth depends on this fluid. Nonetheless water is more and more contaminated, in order to produce the desire driven living conditions that are inherent to a neoliberal economical system. How do we relate to water as rain? As fog? As steam? As a well? As in ocean? And how are we to hand over water to coming generations? How has water been portrayed? One of our tools, aquarelle, from Latin aqua=water takes it’s transparency from exactly water. Water and dirt. Pigments. This work will not be used as water in washing as in green washing, art washing, queer washing or whatever washing? Alf Hornborg states in The Myth of The Machine “Even our very talk about “sustainable development” is unsustainable.” We will not talk about sustainability. When a deliberate imbalance, caused by a system that benefits from it, increases on all levels, when global warming makes ices and permafrost thaw, water becomes part of the threat. Still…water connects us! Over water we can travel, but over water people are also forced to escape from climate change and from war and conflicts. In water refugees drown. Our motivation is, formulated with the help of Judith Butler’s orienting principle, to investigate and look for an equitable distribution of vulnerability. Between people, within the system but also beyond. We want to search together with artists and others that work intensely with all our possible tools, for a crack that makes it possible to escape out of the system that promised us freedom, but made us prisoners of a more and more cybernetic market fundamentalism.



We realize that gentrification is going on in our lives in a fractalized world. Our inner landscapes have been redrawn and this is mirrored in and shapes the exterior scape we all have to relate to. When governmentality is calibrated as a sign of confusion we try to get a grip with our bare hands. The tools are the artist’s. With them we create possibilities for bacteria to grow. They will slowly decompose the oil that was poured on troubled water.


We have collaborated in various constellations for many years. Between 2000 – 2006 in the project love and devotion with artists Ingrid Eriksson and Karin Johnson. Our works touch upon different disciplines. However, the point of departure is that we are artists and nothing else. Our works often develop out of a specific situation or issue. When our interest is aroused, we are impregnated by meeting people, studies and journeys – experiences that help us move further into a more profound understanding of the situation. We do not hurry this process.



The recent neoliberal revolution in Sweden has made us reassess the financial and political situation that we are slowly engulfed by – both locally and globally. Our objects of inquiry are Swedish institutions and cities. Among other things, we have explored the urban space and its limitations for civic activities, which are regulated by law and by commercial interests. A research trip to Brazil inspired our interest in the urbanity we encountered there.



Lately we have developed a project that focuses on some ideas and impressions we have had for several years: shadows, urban invisibilities. The mind boggles when we think of how little we know, how blinded we have become. Focusing on the shadowy worlds has a tendency to provoke strong feelings – fear, aversion, displeasure and passive aggressiveness. “First you’ll close your eyes to the pictures. Then you’ll close your eyes to the memory. Then you’ll close your eyes to the facts. Then you’ll close your eyes to the entire context.” Nicht löschbares Feuer, Harun Farocki, 1969 [Inextinguishable Fire].



If you approach that which is repressed and disregarded, you risk being accused of sensationalism and speculation. We explore how we can use our visual and aesthetic experience in order to communicate this phenomenon. How to give prominence to other voices in a collaboration, in which the focus may be channeled in the opposite direction? Come to think of it, who creates the shadow?

http://akcg.org/
Rozemarie Heggen
2017
Artist in residence


Rozemarie Heggen


– energy therapist, multidimensional healer, sound healer, musician



My love for sound plays a central role in my life. I believe in the power of sound, for now and in the future, as a catalyst for healing and growth in consciousness. Through proper use of intention, awareness and sound, one can actually influence physical processes, resolve blockages, make connections, and heal at cell- and DNA level.



Since childhood I’ve been fascinated by making and undergoing sound. As a professional musician I kept searching for the power, depth, and the essence of sound. As a result I’ve been releasing more and more structures, musical structures and ego structures.



At the very moment I consciously combined energetic studies and research with using sound for healing, everything fell into place within myself, and I understood the potential and possibilities. And this powerful tool, using sound to become whole again, is available for everyone!



I am here to co-create these New Times together with the sounds, the universe, and other conscious beings. Pioneering, scratching my brain, not knowing, being amazed, letting go of old paradigms, and more and more realizing myself, is what I’m interested in.



I am dreaming of a world where concepts such as equality, respect, and integrity are core values. Including the feminine and masculine energies, both within oneself as well as globally and collectively. This brings about a huge shift in all areas. In nature, security, health, consciousness, art and sciences.



My music is inspired by all audible and inaudible sounds in the universe, such as physical movement, art, architecture, good food, electronics, quantum physics and nature. I have extensively toured internationally and recorded many CD’s, with a focus on experimental, improvisational and contemporary music.



As an energy therapist and multidimensional healer I have studied and worked at a spiritual centre in the Netherlands. Since 2011 I run my company Pink Dragon as a therapist, sound healer and musician. I work with people individually, and in groups giving workshops, concerts and performances.



Other:


www.pinkdragon.nl


(energy therapist and sound healer, in Dutch)

http://www.rozemarieheggen.nl/
Caroline Ho-Bich-Tuyen Dang
2017
Artist in residence


Røst AiR 2017



Røst includes several islands; however, my project will focus on Skomvær where wewill be primarily living and working.My new approach to my art practice has been to integrate my artistic work/life withmy daily activities/life. This creates a coherent and holistic existence but challenging as the borders between the two is blurred.



On Skomvær, I would like to adopt a traditional practice of artmaking of drawing and sketching. I would like to collect and draw as many living plants on Skomvær as I can find. It will be likened to a botanical collection of pressed/dried plants and a study drawing.

Malin Arnell (SE) + Mario Fjell (SE)
2017
Artist in residence


When Malin Arnell (SE) and Mario Fjell (SE) come together they become an interdisciplinary art worker, collaborator, researcher, educator and musician. During the spring of 2017 they have shared breaths through Los Angeles, New York, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Treignac and Berlin. Now in-de-flating Skomvær.





They explicitly do affectivity within a queer eco-erotic ethics of polymorphous perversity and care making. They explore key issues for participation in territorial environments by emphasizing the sticky shivers of self-touching through vibrating togetherness. Masturbatory cooperation and a dis-location of frictions opens up for an unending dynamism of entanglements aka. everything in the name of all things queer.





During their 2 week stay at Røst Air they will engage the feeling-with attentiveness in the non-locality of the horizon by the scream and cry for a volcanic release - for one force to join another force to enable a dissolution into a diffractive togetherness - in the presences of the location in its becoming.





www.malinarnell.org
https://mariofjell.wordpress.com

Gitanjali Dang (IN)
2017
Røst AiR - OCA AIR collaboration
Artist in residence
Røst AiR - OCA AIR collaboration

Gitanjali Dang is a curator, writer and overall shape-shifter. In 2012, she founded Khanabadosh, an itinerant arts lab. Khanabadosh lives off latitude, magic and agnosticism, and is interested in everything. It is particularly interested in constantly rethinking what it—and everything around it—is about. In 2015, Khanabadosh, in collaboration with Institute for Contemporary Art Research, Zurich University of the Arts, cofounded Draft, which explores contemporary art that produces, contributes to or provokes public debate.

Gitanjali lives and loves in Mumbai and wherever else this living, and loving might take her.



Gitanjali Dan´s stay is made possible through a collaboration with Office Of Contemporary Art Norway.



Webpages:
khanabadosh.info
draftprojects.info
aarandaar.net

khanabadosh.info
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Røst AiR
2017
Røst Air
Eline Waage Mikalsen
2017
Artist in residence
Caroline Ho-Bich-Tuyen Dang
2016
Resident
Hilary Jeffery
2016
Artist in residence


Hilary Jeffery has been working as a musician since the early ’90s and describes himself as a “desert trombonist” after his journey to the Sahara in 1990, accompanied by a trombone. Hilary believes that the sense of silent-space experienced during this desert journey is a central and sustaining influence for his music. As a musician he aims to share this experience, creating inner-space for listeners and fellow musicians to explore. He currently plays in many groups including Inconsolable Ghost, Tonaliens, Zinc & Copper and zeitkratzer.



During his visit in Summer 2016, Hilary will be working on ideas for a Lysn-ing environment on Røst. "Lysn" is Hilary's minimal psychedelic ensemble which has a continuously changing line up and plays music for the inner-space age. In November 2015 Hilary worked with musicians from Murmansk and Bodø in a version of Lysn especially created for the 2015 Dark Ecology journey. Together they created "Murmansk Spaceport" from where they travelled to Jupiter. Hilary plans further explorations from Røst to other fantastic regions in a new incarnation of Lysn in 2017. This new work will be inspired by Røst's unique soundscape, Sami cosmology and science fiction by writers such as Samuel R.Delaney, Ursula K. Le Guin and Marge Piercy.

The Norwegian Arts Council Gjestekunstneroppholdsstøtte have supported Hillary Jeffery´s stay.

http://www.hiljef.com
Kristin Nordeval
2016
Resident




Margrethe Iren Pettersen
2016
Artist in residence


Margrethe Iren Pettersen (NO) is a florist with a Bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Contemporary Art in Tromsø. As an artist and cultural producer, she likes to take a place or landscape as a starting point from which she derives interdisciplinary narratives. In the past, Pettersen has worked with forgotten gardens and poisonous plants and weeds. By combining these organic materials with sound she explores the connections between nature and culture, often reflecting on the themes of ecology and transformation in one way or another. Pettersen is interested in different ways of disclosing art, which is why a single work often takes many different forms ranging from interactive sculptures, outdoor happenings, public cultivation and soundwalks, to more traditional pieces in a gallery. Last year Petterson was part of ART Ii Biennale of Northern Environmental and Sculpture Art (FI). This year her work has been exhibited at RAM Gallery (Oslo), Svolvær Artist Association and Tromsø Center for Contemporary Art. Pettersen has started several artist-run spaces. At the moment she is on the board of Røst Artist in Residency and Loftet Arbeidsfellesskap (a studio collective in Tromsø).

http://www.margretheart.blogspot.no
Marika Troili and Mirko Nikolic
2016
“Only a persistent shift” and Others’ Stories
Artist in residence
“Only a persistent shift” and Others’ Stories

“Only a persistent shift” and Others’ Stories
film, text, performance
2015 -




“Only a persistent shift” and Others’ Stories is an evolving narrative about our personal colonisation and decolonisation of an island populated by a multitude of unknown entities of extra-human consistencies. Interweaving everyday events from our stay with elemental and molecular speculations we are trying to outline coexistence among radically different entities that find themselves in a common time and space. “Are we supposed to get this close?” and how close to other things and beings, is a key question… To approach this horizon, we retrace some philosophies thinking the outside of humanity, but, ultimately, the things and forces come to meet us in unpredictable ways. We attempt to retell these real, imagined or desired encounters through a combination of text, film and performance.



Marika Troili is an artist based at Stockholm. Her practice addresses, through a wide range of mediums, the distinguishing yet evasive discoursive elements of the contemporary late capitalism and attempts to temporarily fix their ‘free flow’ in assemblages of materials and objects, or bodies and performative acts. Troili holds MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Recent exhibitions include: Prekär, Arbetets Museum, Norrköping; To the Reader, BAK Utrecht; Cosmotopia, Batiment d’art contemporain, Genève; She a Factory, Romanian Cultural Institute, Stockholm and Thrill in Movement, Mikser Festival, Belgrade.



Mirko Nikolic’s research and artistic practice critically rework semiotic-material agglomerates produced and perpetuated by economic and political apparatuses, trying to reconfigure the cuts among agencies that put other-than-human elements at unilateral service of humans. Recent projects tackled the financialisation of biosphere and carbon-dioxide (all that is air melts into city, arebyte gallery, London), quantification of labour in sheep herding and wool industry (counting live stock(s), UK E?ka, Zrenjanin), correlation between the internet and the atmosphere (office of ecological labour; UCA, Canterbury), and mining as a shared becoming of humans and the earth (HIAP, Helsinki; KC “Grad”, Belgrade). He is currently pursuing a PhD in Arts & Media Practice at the University of Westminster, London.




http://marikatroili.se/




http://www.mirkonikolic.com/

Mirko and Marika´s stay at Røst AiR was supported by Culturepoint Nord AIR support.

http://marikatroili.se http://www.mirkonikolic.com/
Maja Moesgaard
2016
Artist in residence


I am a visual artist living in Copenhagen, Denmark. In my work I explore the intersections between time, the circulations and politics of emotions, language, resistance, the collective, the shared and the individual, alternative organizing, resistence and shared narratives. My practice is closely connected to my political and social communities and activist work, and it is most often from a political frustration my research questions are formulated.



My two major concerns right now are, one, how to deal with a world, where the consumption of the few extremely material priviledged, alterns the climate in drastic and devastating ways, causing immediate and long term crisis. And, second, how to fight structures saturated with racism and white priviledge (I am white).



Drawing, text, animation, sewing and sound are my preferred mediums and my theoretical approach is predominantly queer-feminist.



I have a MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine arts, a MA in gender studies from Goldsmiths University London and a BFA in geography from Roskilde University



During my residency at Røst I'll take part in and organize Queer Ecologies #2, as well as spending some time researching for a new animation I'm working on in collaboration with my friend and author Lone Aburas.



Maja´s travel and stay was support by Culturepoint Nord in 2016.

http://www.majamoesgaard.blogspot.dk
akcg
2016
Resident


akcg(anna kindgren och carina gunnars)  is an artist duo based in Stockholm. We realize that gentrification is going on in our lives in a fractalized world. Our inner landscapes have been redrawn and this is mirrored in and shapes the exterior scape we all have to relate to. When governmentality is calibrated as a sign of confusion we try to get a grip with our bare hands. The tools are the artist's. With them we create possibilities for bacteria to grow. They will slowly decompose the oil that was poured on troubled water.


We are invited to Røst air summer 2016 to contribute with a text. We will continue a work that deals with in what ways the capitalist system is intertwined with climate change. As two sides of the same coin. The investigations are filtered through our art practice and through a backdrop of queer ecology practiced since years, at Røst Air. We are working with one hand against the ground our feet are standing on. Skomvaer, Lofoten, is surrounded by water. A vital ingredient in our very bodies, of animals and humans. All life on Earth depends on this fluid. Nonetheless water is more and more contaminated, in order to produce the desire driven living conditions that are inherent to a neoliberal economical system.
How do we relate to water as rain? As fog? As steam? As a well? As in ocean? And how are we to hand over water to coming generations? How has water been portrayed? One of our tools, aquarelle, from Latin aqua=water takes it's transparency from exactly water. Water and dirt. Pigments.
This work will not be used as water in washing as in green washing, art washing, queer washing or whatever washing? Alf Hornborg states in The Myth of The Machine “Even our very talk about “sustainable development” is unsustainable.”
We will not talk about sustainability.
When a deliberate imbalance, caused by a system that benefits from it, increases on all levels, when global warming makes ices and permafrost thaw, water becomes part of the threat. Still…water connects us! Over water we can travel, but over water people are also forced to escape from climate change and from war and conflicts. In water refugees drown.
Our motivation is, formulated with the help of Judith Butler’s orienting principle, to investigate and look for an equitable distribution of vulnerability. Between people, within the system but also beyond. We want to search together with artists and others that work intensely with all our possible tools, for a crack that makes it possible to escape out of the system that promised us freedom, but made us prisoners of a more and more cybernetic market fundamentalism.

http://www.akcg.org
Anuj Vaidya
2016
Artist in residence


Anuj Vaidya is artist, educator and media curator who spends life between India, the US, and other realms not traced on human maps. He received his BHA in English/Theater Arts from Carnegie Mellon University, and MFA in Film/Video/New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work as an artist straddles the cusp between performance and film, and addresses issues of gender, sexuality and ecology. Humor and the absurd come together in the form of camp in his work.



Since 2008, Anuj has been co-director for the 3rd i South Asian Film Festival in San Francisco. Apart from programming the annual film festival, he has also collaborated on the biannual mini-festivals 3rd i’s Green Eye and 3rd i’s Queer Eye, and the touring film series Cruel Cinema: New Direction in Tamil Film and Other Species, Other Times: New Video Art from India.



His own artistic practice has grown from addressing questions around the constructed nature of gender/sexuality (through films like Chingari Chumma and Bad Girl with a Heart of Gold) to the constructed nature of nature/culture. In his most recent work, Miss Piggy, Live with Diane Sawyer, Miss Piggy (played by the artist himself) gives an interview about her latest celebrity cause – ecology.



Anuj’s upcoming project, Forest Tales is a queer eco-feminist film adaptation of the Indian epic, The Ramayana. Deeply invested in a sustainable, artisanal process, the work will make various stops along the way to examine craft and pedagogy through technology and collaboration. A key goal of the production is to devise an energy solution that does not involve fuel or electricity.



Anuj has previously worked as an archivist/librarian at the Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches queer studies at Montclair State University, New Jersey. His works have been screened and performed at various international venues including Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, US), Sarai (New Delhi, India), the Fukoka Art Museum (Fukuoka, Japan), and more.



OCA has supported Anuj Vaidya´s stay at Røst AiR in 2016

https://handspuncinema.wordpress.com/
Queer Ecologies # 2
2016
Queer Ecologies # 2
Workshop
Queer Ecologies # 2

Participants 2016:



Anuj Vaidya (IN)

Calder Harben (NO)

Camilla Nicolaisen (NO)

Elin Már Øyen Vister (NO)

Hilary Jeffrey (UK)

Jaya Ramchandani (IN)

Maja Moesgaard (DK)

Marie Kaada Hovden (NO)

and guest visit by Katya García-Anton



Our working process of an intensive seminar format is informed by the isolation and individualization that characterises the working conditions of many cultural producers. It is also in response to the artificial boundaries that separate academic fields (between scientific, activist and cultural practices), and our desire is that the Queer Ecologies seminar encourages both inter-disciplinary imaginaries, as well as trans-national collaborations.



Queer Ecologies #2 consisted of a 2-week intensive seminar held August 8 to 23, 2016, hosted by Røst Artist in Residence on Skomvaer Lighthouse Station, in the Røst Archipelago of Nordland, Northern Norway.



Here’s a peak into how we organized our time together:



http://www.queerecologiesnetwork.com/seminars/



The Queer Ecologies Network is an inter-Nordic, interdisciplinary collective network of artists, scholars, activists, philosophers, curators and others, with interests overlapping at the intersections of ecology, politics, and artistic and cultural production.



The network chooses to align itself in solidarity with decolonial and anti-capitalist discourses and practices, and takes inspiration from rich history of artistic production, direct action resistance and intellectual debate.



Røst Artist in Residence is a key collaborator for the network, helping to initiate and host the seminar. The queer ecologies seminar that took place in 2015 and 2016 were both held on the island of Skomvær in Northern Norway/Sapmi, next to the Nykan Nature reserve. The seminar activities are all situated by being in place and thinking through, the island and our coexistence there.

http://www.queerecologiesnetwork.com/
Jaya Ramchandani
2016
Towards an Energy Manual
Artist in residence
Towards an Energy Manual

Co-director of The Story Of Space festival in India. Scientist and teacher.

Yendini Yoo Cappelen
2016
Artist in residence


Yendini Yoo Cappelen is a Norwegian actor and improvisation musician. Summer 2016 she was invited to Skomvær to work on a collaboration together with Marie Kaada Hovden.


During her the two week residence in June, they started the work on their upcoming concert performance "Befaring langs storsirkelen", which is based on a poem with the same title by poet Finn Strømsted.

Their work will continue throughout the fall 2016, in Oslo and at Hydrogenfabrikken in Fredrikstad. In February 2017 they premiere at Blå Grotte in Fredrikstad.



https://soundcloud.com/mariekaada/yendini-and-marie-in-the-tower-exerpt-for-internet-1

Jonas Qvale
2016
Artist in residence
Møter med samiske kvinnestemmer, 8.mars 2016
2016
Seminar


Foreninga Røst AiR og Árran lulesamiske senter, i samarbeid med Kvinnedagen 8.mars i Bodø presenterer:


Møte med samiske kvinne historier - fra Elsa Laula Renberg til Inga Karlsen


medvirkende Siri Broch Johansen, Harrieth Aira og Inga Karlsen.

8.mars kl. 18.30, Stormen bibliotek, 1 etg, Bodø (2016)

Lytt til happeningen her:

https://soundcloud.com/user-843607964

“Det samiske skal være en naturlig og selvsagt del av Nordland, og at samer og samisk språk og kultur ikke kun er et noe eller noen som vi finner «langt i nord» - i Finnmark. Men at midt i Nordlands midtre lever og bor vi...” - Harrieth Aira, Árran

VI feirer den internasjonale kvinnedagen med å lytte til fortellinger om samiske kvinners historie i Nordland før og nå!

Du får møte Harrieth Aira, museumsleder ved Árran lulesamiske senter i Tysfjord. Hun har invitert med seg ildsjelen og forfatteren Inga Karlsen, som har mottatt Kongens fortjenestemedalje for sin innsats for samiske eldre og demente og er forfatter av samiske eventyrbøker for barn. Inga Karlsen vil fortelle om sitt liv og virke.

Det nærmer seg 100 år siden den samiske rettighetsforkjempere og pioneren Elsa Laula Renberg og de andre kvinnene i Brurskanken samiske Kvinneforening tok initiativ til det første landsmøte for Norske samer som blei avholdt i Trondheim i februar 1917. Her var kvinnanndelen hele 25 %, med kvinner både fra norsk og svensk side. Hundre år seinere, er mye av politikken Elsa Laula Renberg utformet gjennom sitt 54-årig korte men intense liv tragisk nok like aktuell.
Siri Broch Johansen presenterer sin bok Elsa Laula Renberg - Samefolkets store Minerva, med et skype foredrag med lysbilder.

Arrangementet støttes av Nordland Fylkeskommune

Om deltakere og arrangør:

Harrieth Aira:

Er museumsleder på Árran – lulesamisk senter. Det lulesamiske senteret ligger på Drag i Tysfjord og Harrieth Aira leder museumsvirksomheten på senteret. Hun har bakgrunn som samfunnsviter, og har hovedfag i statsvitenskap med journalistikk og lulesamisk språk som tilleggsutdanninger. Hun harogså jobbet som journalist i NRK Sápmi i mange år og i Sametingets administrasjon før hun begynte som museumsleder på Árran.

Inga Karlsen:

Er en av Nordlands viktige ildsjeler. Hun er en travel og samfunnsengasjert pensjonist som har vært kommunepolitiker, tillitsvalgt i Senterpartiet, samisk representant i Statens eldreråd/seniorråd og er forfatter av barebøker. Hun leder av Sametingets eldreråd i sin andre periode. Frivillig organisasjonsarbeider, bl.a leder av Demensforeningen i Tysfjord, og nestleder i Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelsen, Nordland. Hun fikk Kongens fortjenestmedalje i desember i fjor for sin innsats for samiske eldre og demente.

Siri Broch Johansen:

Er er utdannet allmennlærer med ekstrautdanning i pedaogikk, ledelse og samisk. I tillegg har hun utdanning innenfor sang og kreativ skriving, spesielt dramatikk. Fortiden fullfører hun en master v. KhiO, teaterhøgskolen med fordypning i scenetekst. Siri Borch Johansen ga ut boka Elsa Laula Renberg - Historien om Samefolkets store Minerva, i 2015.
www.siribrochjohansen.no

Elsa Laula Renberg (1877 - 1931) Samefolkets dag har etter hvert fått sin årlige feiring og markering – lagt til datoen 6.februar. Æren for denne feiringa tilskrives i stor grad Elsa Laula Renberg, kjent for sin utrettelige kamp for samiske rettigheter og samisk organisasjon. Fra en posisjon langt inne i de norsk-svenske fjelltraktene klarte hun å påvirke samfunnsdebatt og samepolitikk på en bemerkelsesverdig måte. I 1904 ga hun ut kampskriftet «Inför lif och död: Sanningsord i de lapska förhållandena». I skriftet tok hun opp viktige samiske spørsmål. Hun pekte blant annet på at samene burde ha eiendomsrett til sine skatteland og samtidig ha rett til fast jordbruk. Innenfor skolegang påpekte hun at skolegangen var kort og mangelfull.

Les mer her: http://helgelandmuseum.no/archives/9753


Sam Douglas
2015
Artist in residence


Sam Douglas is a landscape painter who has exhibited extensively since graduating from The Royal College of Art, London in 2007.

http://samdouglas.co.uk
Claudia Firth
2015
Røst AiR working group fascilitator
Workshops
Røst AiR working group fascilitator

Claudia Firth is a practicing artist and writer. She has exhibited widely as an artist working in photography, video, installation & performance. She is an experienced arts and media educator, teaching and running workshops in a variety of educational and community settings.



Claudia Firth kindly agreed to be our facilitator and held 2 workshops with us in 2015. The introduction took place via skype in March, leading up to a week long workshop at Skomvær in the first week of June 2015.



We read text on collaboration and community work such as "The Tyranny of Structurelessness" by Jo Freeman (1972), "icropolitiques des Groupes by David Vercauteren" (2010) and Chapter 3 - "The Circle of Vision" of The Empowerment Manual by Starhawk.



We also discussed transparency, practiced meeting ethics and worked on and revised our core values, and code of conduct and ethics and more.

https://claudiafirth.wordpress.com/about/
Queer Ecologies
2015
Queer Ecologies # 1
Workshop
Queer Ecologies # 1

Queer Ecologies was a one week collective reading and conversation seminar hosted by Røst Artist in Residence, organized and curated in collaboration with Cal Harben (CA), Elin Mar Øyen Vister (NO) and Maja Moesgaard (DK). Participants included the above and l Camilla Nicolaisen (NO), Jaya Ramchandani (IN), Malin Arnell (SE) and Tejal Shah (IN).



Queer Ecologies take form as a collective pilot project, to which a group of artists, scholars and activists will come together at Skomvær Lighthouse station in the Røst Archipelago, Nordland, from the 1st Of August till the 9th Of August 2015. Within the first year of the program, the seminar will give space to raise questions, identify key issues, and develop a shared vocabulary in which to develop a larger program and a more extensive network, including a seminar, workshop and exhibition planned for 2016 and 2017.



Conceived as a meeting point of artistic practices, scholarship and research between artists, academics, activists and other cultural producers, we begin by asking: what does it mean to be a cultural producer in an age of climate changes? From what individual and collective positions do we speak? What would it mean to take seriously the social, political, and ecological vitality of the human and more-than-human voices we coexist with? How do negotiate points of difference between local and global framings? How do cultural scripts of gender, sexuality, class, race, environmental justice intersect within fields of cultural and intellectual, and activist production?



What tools have we available to merge, resist or disidentity with? We come together asking: how might looking to past and present political and aesthetic strategies of art and activism, lead to new imaginings beyond our present?Individually, each participant identifies uniquely with issues of environmental degradation, capitalist driven resource extraction, border fortification, and affects of political urgency...

Malin Arnell
2015
Artist in residence


Interdisciplinary artist, researcher and educator Malin Arnell (lives and works somewhere in between Brooklyn, Berlin and Stockholm) is a frequent collaborator with other artists, activists and writers.



Through her practice, she emphasizes matter, doing, and actions, focusing on the experiences around/in/of the body (her body, their body, our body), presence, participation, membership, and other affective manifestations.



Recent projects include Beyond this Point, FD13, St. Paul/Minneapolis (2015), Setting the Scene, Movement Research Festival, Fall 2014: M A T T E R I N G, Danspace Project | St. Mark’s Church, NYC (2014), Kapitel, Kaput, Kapital, Kapitulera, Capitulum: header of a text and a part of the arm - a collaboration among others, INDEX, Stockholm (2014), In This Almost, Paço das Artes, São Paulo (2014), Mo(WE)ments of labor, CCS Bard / Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2014), Slow dancing with two fans, White Columns, NYC (2014), I am not quite sure. This is an arduous terrain, Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, NYC (2013), The Oncoming Corner, a series of monthly gatherings that takes place in the artist’s loft, Brooklyn, NY (2012-ongoing), YES! Association/ Föreningen JA! (2005-ongoing).



Since 2010 she’s working on her artistic doctoral theses in Choreography at the University of Dance and Circus, Stockholm University of the Arts. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

http://www.malinarnell.org
Lisa Strohmayer
2015
Resident
Marika Troili / Mirko Nikolic
2015
Resident


Marika Troili is an artist based at Stockholm. Her practice addresses, through a wide range of mediums, the distinguishing yet evasive discoursive elements of the contemporary late capitalism and attempts to temporarily fix their ‘free flow’ in assemblages of materials and objects, or bodies and performative acts. Troili holds MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Recent exhibitions include: Prekär, Arbetets Museum, Norrköping; To the Reader, BAK Utrecht; Cosmotopia, Batiment d’art contemporain, Genève; She a Factory, Romanian Cultural Institute, Stockholm and Thrill in Movement, Mikser Festival, Belgrade.



Mirko Nikolic’s research and artistic practice critically rework semiotic-material agglomerates produced and perpetuated by economic and political apparatuses, trying to reconfigure the cuts among agencies that put other-than-human elements at unilateral service of humans. Recent projects tackled the financialisation of biosphere and carbon-dioxide (all that is air melts into city, arebyte gallery, London), quantification of labour in sheep herding and wool industry (counting live stock(s), UK E?ka, Zrenjanin), correlation between the internet and the atmosphere (office of ecological labour; UCA, Canterbury), and mining as a shared becoming of humans and the earth (HIAP, Helsinki; KC “Grad”, Belgrade). He is currently pursuing a PhD in Arts & Media Practice at the University of Westminster, London.

http://www.marikatroili.se

http://www.mirkonikolic.com
Vika Begalska and Alexander Vilkin
2015
Røst AiR at Røstlandet
Artist in residence
Røst AiR at Røstlandet



http://www.vikabegalska.ru
Lolja Nordic
2015
Røst AiR at Røstlandet
Artist in residence
Røst AiR at Røstlandet

I'm working on the audio-visual projects which explores the nature and urban environment conflicting and interacting in the everyday life. I mix electronic sounds with sounds that i record here at Rost Island to create a soundtrack to the landscape videos and still pictures which i also capture here at Rost. At the end it's going to be a series of short video clips with combined motion and still images in it with the unique sound of each piece.

https://vimeo.com/loljanordic
Diana Burkot aka Rosemary Loves Blackberry
2015
Røst AiR at Røstlandet
Artist in residence
Røst AiR at Røstlandet

https://www.facebook.com/rosemary-loves-a-blackberry-278560245515218/



https://soundcloud.com/rosemary_loves_a_blackberry

https://www.facebook.com/rosemary-loves-a-blackberry-278560245515218/
Maja Nilsen
2015
Artist in residence / Praktikant


Maja Nilsen is a Norwegian artist, born in 1978 in Klæbu, Norway. Nilsen have a MFA from Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (2003-2005) and a BA-grade from Trondheim and Dublin. She works and lives in Berlin and Norway.

The work of Maja Nilsen is created from memory and imagination, residing somewhere in the tension between autobiographical reference points and poetically immersed dream worlds. She works in a cross/multimedia manner that mostly results in site-specific projects, collages and installations. When working in different places and communities, she incorporates elements of these environments, such as existing epistemologies, local histories, tradition or myth into her practice.
At Skomvær Maja will continue her research on local myths, geological processes and cold water corals.

http://www.majanilsen.com
Tejal Shah
2015
Artist in residence


Tejal Shah (b.1979, Bhilai, India; currently lives in Goa, India) graduated with a BA in photography from RMIT, Melbourne, spent a year as an exchange student at The Art Institute of Chicago and another summer trying to get an MFA from Bard College in upstate New York.



Their* practice incorporates everything and anything, including video, photography, performance, food, drawing, sound, installation, and modes of sustainable living. Queerying everything, they often unselfconsciously manifest “the inappropriate/d other”–one whom you cannot appropriate and one who is inappropriate. Experiencing their works entails entering alter-curious worlds riddled with fact, fiction, poetry and mythology, that compel us to engage with layered propositions on the relationships between interspecies, ecology, gender, post-porn, sexuality and consciousness. Having recently come out as an ecosexual, they think of themselves as ‘some kind of artist working on some kind of nature’.



In works such as Chingari Chumma (2000), Trans- (2004-5) and Women Like Us (2010), they focus on the social and biological constructs of gender. I Love My India (2003), filmed at a public recreational space in Bombay questions India’s democracy in the candid, apathetic, ignorant or informed interviewed responses to the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002. Their work both references and transcends otherness in“What are You?” (2006), highlighting the complexities of the highly marginalized Hijra (eunuch) community and proposes an egalitarian, poly-gendered society. Between the Waves (2012), a 5-channel video installation marks a turning point towards queer ecology in Shah’s practice. It tells the viewers a grand narrative, figuratively and metaphorically, as if they have created a new story of the origin of species that has been forgotten for a long time, or has been found from the distant future, something that seems out of place everywhere. Their works have shown worldwide at museums, galleries and film festivals, including the Tate Modern (2006), Centre Pompidou (2011), Documenta 13 (2012) and British Film Institute (2013).



* We have avoided using personal pronouns as an experiment and expression of retirement from gender conformity.

http://tejalshah.in/
Kajsa Dahlberg
2015
Malin Arnell´s guest artist
Artist in residence
Malin Arnell´s guest artist

Apart from my individual artistic practice I've been involved in several collaborations, such as the ongoing collective reading “I want a president...” together with Fia-Stina Sandlund, Malin Arnell and Johanna Gustavsson since 2010. I was involved in the project “Equal Opportunities Agreement, 5 years later” by the YES! association in 2010. I was a member of the a research group “On the Conditions of Production”, together with Kim Einarsson, Mattin, Michele Masucci, Lisa Rosendahl and Fredrik Svensk since 2009.



I was the co-initiator of the artist group the “Production Unit” together with Petra Bauer in 2004-2010.



In 2011 I co-curated the feminist performance festival “Feminists in Space” with Gritt Uldall-Jessen and Molly Haslund at Warehouse 9 in Copenhagen and was also engaged in the project of collectively writing a novel titled “The Chess Room”, initiated by Sinziana Ravini.



In 2010-11 I was an artist in residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. In 2009 I curated the exhibition “A Space on the Side of the Road” together with artist Henrik Andersson at Röda Sten in Göteborg.



I received Edstrandska Stipendiet 2007.



I was an artist in residence at Tranzit, Prague, Czech Republic in 2007 and at IASPIS - Artist in Residence in Stockholm 2005-06, and I was in Belgrade as part of the Nordic Institute For Contemporary Art (NIFCA) Balkan Air program in 2005 and at the NIFCA artist in residence program in Helsinki in 2004.



I was a board member of Baltic Art Center, BAC, between 2009 and 2014.



In 2012 I was commissioned to make a public art project for KORO (Art in Public Space, Norway) in the entrance of the Ministry of Health & Care Services at the Government quarter, Teatergata 9 in Oslo and in 2013 I made a public art project for URO in the form of a newspaper about gender and public space called For Myself and Strangers that was sent out to 100.000 households all over Norway that do not subscribe to a daily newspaper.



My work is represented in the collections at Moderna Museet Stockholm, Malmö Art Museum in Malmö, Hasselblad Center in Göteborg and at the Video-Forum at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, n.b.k, in Berlin.



Since September 2016 I am working on a practice based PhD at The Royal Institute of Art (KKH) in Stockholm.

http://kajsadahlberg.com/
Ginger Brooks Takahasi
2015
Malin Arnell´s guest artist
Artist in residence
Malin Arnell´s guest artist

Ginger Brooks Takahashi (born July 26, 1977) is an American artist based in Brooklyn, New York, and North Braddock, Pennsylvania. She co-founded the feminist genderqueer collective and journal LTTR and the Mobilivre project, a touring exhibition and library. She was also a member of MEN (band). Her work consists of a collaborative project-based practice.



MOBILIVRE

In 2001, Takahashi helped co-found the MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project. The project, created by a collective of North American artists and activists, involved touring the United States and Canada in a converted Airstream trailer, which served as an exhibition space, as well as a zine and art book library. The project was dedicated to exploring "the long held tradition of bookmobiles as traveling libraries that promote the distribution of information." The project ran until 2006 and in 2003 it featured an issue of LTTR in the collection.



LTTR

Takahashi co-founded the feminist genderqueer artist collective and annual literary journal, Lesbians To The Rescue (LTTR) with Emily Roysdon and K8 Hardy in 2002.



Works:

Takahashi's multimedia practices include painting, installation work, and crafts. One of her most notable works is An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail, (2004-present), a continuing series of quilting forums. Participants stitch on Takahashi's all-white quilt, and have been organized in community spaces such as homes, galleries, gardens, and other public settings.



Some of Takahashi's recent exhibitions include: "Shared Women" at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 2007; "Exile of the Imaginary" at the Generali Foundation, Vienna, 2007; "Locally Localized Gravity" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2007; and "Alien She" at the Orange County Museum of Art, 2015. She has also presented at Serpentine Gallery, London, 2008; documenta 12, Kassel, 2007; Art Metropole, Toronto, 2007; and with Ridykeulous at The Kitchen, NY, 2007.



In 2009 and 2010, Takahashi was one of several artists that took part in the arts-based initiative, Queer Pier: 40 Years. Queer Pier coincided with the 10 year anniversary of FIERCE, an organization that builds leadership among LGBTQ youth of color in New York City.[Takahashi facilitated a screen printing workshop to create images that showed the contributions made by FIERCE in community organizing at the piers.



You can read more about Ginger´s and Dana Ashbrooks ongoing General Sister´s project here:



http://www.generalsisters.com/

http://brookstakahashi.com/
The Deep Listening Trio
2015
Seminar


Røst AiR i samarbeid med Voxlab presenterer:
The Deep Listening Trio: The Arctic Mode
Pauline Oliveros - Heloise Gold - Ione

Fredag 19. juni 2015, Melbu

Program:

Kl.19.00 Konsert, Barnetanken, Norsk Fiskeriindustrimuseum
Kl. 20.45 Kunstnersamtale, Melbu Hovedgård, Melbu

En av verdens fremste komponister og utøvere kommer til Melbu i Vesterålen for å spille en konsert og for å holde en kunstnersamtale

Foreninga Røst AiR (Røst Artist In Residency) i samarbeid med Voxlab, arrangerer en konsert og forestilling i en av de gamle tankene til Neptun Sildeoljefabrikk på Fiskeriindustrimuseet i Melbu fredag 19.juni. Du vil få oppleve den legendariske komponisten Pauline Oliveros i møte med forfatter og spoken word kunstner Ione og danser og koreograf Heloise Gold. Sammen skal de utforske rommet og klangen i barnetanken. Konserten påfølges av en intim kunstnersamtale på erverdige Melbu Hovegård.

Pauline Oliveros er en av de mest sentrale skikkelsene i amerikansk samtidsmusikk. Hennes karriere spenner over mer enn femti år og hun er kjent for sitt avantgarde og grensesprengende arbeid med improvisasjon, meditasjon, elektronisk musikk, samt myter og ritualer. Pauline Oliveros er grunnleggeren av “Deep Listening", som hun selv beskriver som å lytte på alle mulige måter til alle mulige ting uansett hva holder på med. Slik aktiv og fokusert lytting inkluderer lyden av dagliglivet, av naturen, av ens egne tanker, samt musikalske lyder. Hennes lyd og videoinstallasjonen "Deep Listening Room", ble presentert på Whitney-biennalen i New York i 2014. På scena i Barnetanken på Melbu vil Pauline Oliveros ha med seg to av sine mangeårige samarbeidspartnere; forfatter og spoken-word kunstner Ione og danser og performancekunstner Heloise Gold. Oliveros vil framføre en konsert på laptop, små gjenstander, munnspill og vokal. Hun vil utforske den unike akustikken i Barnetanken i samspill med live sampling og surroundlyd som utføres av hennes “Expanded Instrument System”. Ione vil fremføre spoken word, tekst og vokal hvor hun leker med lyden av skjulte skygger. Heloise Gold vil tilføre bevegelser som oppstår ut ifra kroppens uventede reaksjoner.

Arrangementet er støttet av Norsk Kulturråd, Foreningen Røst AiR og Voxlab.

Røst AiR v. Elin og Jason Voxlab takker Jason Helle Levang Moum, Gert-Jan Zeerstraten, Siri Johnsen Elisabeth Færøy Lund for hjelp med gjennomføringen av arrangementet.

Lenke til lyd dokumentasjon av kunstnersamtalen mellom Foreninga Røst AiR og The Deep Listening Trio:
https://soundcloud.com/user-843607964/artist-talk-with-the-deep-listening-trio

FRANK
2014
FRANK at Skomvær Lighthouse
Salon in residence
FRANK at Skomvær Lighthouse

Jul 14 – 20, 2014



A week-long gathering of 11 artists,
curators and theorists at Skomvær Lighthouse



Vika Begalskaya (RU)

Katarina Bonnevier (SE)

Liv Bugge (NO)

Kajsa Dahlberg (SE)

Malene Dam (DK)

Mathias Danbolt (NO/DK)

Berivan Erdogan (NO)

Ester Fleckner (DK)

Sille Storihle (NO)

Elijah Yakovenko (RU/UA)

Elin Øyen Vister (NO)






In 1896, the Norwegian suffragette and photographer Marie Høeg established the first Norwegian discussion group for women called Den Selskabelige Diskussionforening, translated into English as The Sociable Association for Discussion. Out of a need to gather women to discuss the questions of the day, at the turn of the last century, the association was formed.



Inspired by Den Selskabelige Diskussionforening, FRANK gathered a group of artists, curators, architects and theorists to discuss gender issues of today from the Nordic countries and Russia. FRANK was interested in exploring the meaning of “queer” in the Cap of the North and to facilitate for an exchange regarding the the historic, political and artistic intricacies of this area.



The weeklong salon was held at Skomvær Fyr in the Lofoten islands in Northern Norway. Elin Øyen Vister and the artist residency Røst AiR hosted the group. The surroundings at lighthouse at Skomvær island generated a unique dialogue organized around the participants’ own work and research, and will function as a model for future salons.






Supported by Nordland Fylkeskommune

http://www.f-r-a-n-k.org/
Mikaela
2014
Artist in residence


Mikaela (1983) är en performance og gatekunstner, og medlem av Det Feministiske Initiativs aktivistgruppe i Moskva, Russland.
Hun arbeider i hovedsak med gatekunst, sjablong graffiti og performance.Hennes politiske interesse tok form i 2008 da hun gikk med i det russiske feministrørelsen og ble medlem av Moskvas Feminist Gruppe og Det feministiske Initiativ. Mikaela er interessert i kvinners erfaringer og sosialisering, kjønnsroller og ideen om det personlige som noe politisk. Den private sfære, sårbarhet, kjønnsdiskriminering, maktfordeling, og stigmatisering.
Hun beskriver sitt virke som sosialt engasjert kunst og hun bruker pseudonym for kunstprosjektene.

Mikaela har deltatt i flere store kunstprosjekter i Russland og internasjonalt, og laget verk i gatene i Kiev, Moskva, Barcelona,Edingburgh og Vienna.
Lenke til mer informasjon :

https://www.facebook.com/m.i.k.a.e.l.a.lllllll
Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn aka Racing Heart
2014
Artist in residence


https://racingheart.bandcamp.com/

http://www.mathiastjonn.com/
Ane Elene Johansen
2013
Artist in residence


I am an artist living in Tromsø, Northern Norway. My artistic production is a slow train moving around the steep mountains. If you have any questions confirming my art work, please don't hesitate to contact me. I do wallpaintings, illustrations and drawings/paintings. I also make music, but that is a sidetrack at the moment.

What inspires me the most, is the nature. Like the valleys, the mountains, the sea and the animals. But also the most simple questions about the communication between people. How we react on each other, and how we feel.

I don't like complicated thoughts. Or, I do, but I don't. Sometimes things are talking in another way.

http://www.aneelene.com/
AKCG
2013
Hydrofobia 2013
Artist in residence
Hydrofobia 2013

(akcg) anna kindgren and carina gunnars



We have collaborated in various constellations for many years. Between 2000 – 2006 in the project love and devotion with artists Ingrid Eriksson and Karin Johnson. Our works touch upon different disciplines. However, the point of departure is that we are artists and nothing else. Our works often develop out of a specific situation or issue. When our interest is aroused, we are impregnated by meeting people, studies and journeys – experiences that help us move further into a more profound understanding of the situation. We do not hurry this process.



The recent neoliberal revolution in Sweden has made us reassess the financial and political situation that we are slowly engulfed by – both locally and globally. Our objects of inquiry are Swedish institutions and cities. Among other things, we have explored the urban space and its limitations for civic activities, which are regulated by law and by commercial interests. A research trip to Brazil inspired our interest in the urbanity we encountered there.



Lately we have developed a project that focuses on some ideas and impressions we have had for several years: shadows, urban invisibilities. The mind boggles when we think of how little we know, how blinded we have become. Focusing on the shadowy worlds has a tendency to provoke strong feelings – fear, aversion, displeasure and passive aggressiveness. “First you’ll close your eyes to the pictures. Then you’ll close your eyes to the memory. Then you’ll close your eyes to the facts. Then you’ll close your eyes to the entire context.” Nicht löschbares Feuer, Harun Farocki, 1969 [Inextinguishable Fire].



If you approach that which is repressed and disregarded, you risk being accused of sensationalism and speculation. We explore how we can use our visual and aesthetic experience in order to communicate this phenomenon. How to give prominence to other voices in a collaboration, in which the focus may be channeled in the opposite direction? Come to think of it, who creates the shadow?

http://akcg.org/