Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Manual, Oslo

Manual for the construction of a sound as a device to elaborate social connection

September 14 – 20, 2009
process, project, interaction
held at
Deichman library, Grunerløkka, Oslo
The Storefront, Thorvald Meyersgt 61, Oslo

å+k (Åsa Ståhl & Kristina Lindström) (Sweden)
Siri Austeen (Norway)
Brandon LaBelle (USA)
Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (Slovenia/Holland)
Jana Winderen (Norway)

The Manual project explores sound and auditory experience as platforms for social cooperation and environmental investigation. Bringing together a working group of artists, the project uses sound as a tool for considering public space, and functions as a site-specific field study of Oslo, involving locational research, artistic presentation, performative actions and public discussion.

The Manual project highlights sound and listening as important locational and social material, to question how sounds of everyday life generate forms of commonality and how the dynamics of listening inform unique types of artistic intervention. Exploring such themes, the Manual project is based on process-oriented actions and events using specific locations in Oslo. During the course of one-week the artists will bring forward amplifications of city life, giving expression to sound and listening as social energy.

Including the Swedish collaborative duo Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl (aka å+k), whose projects are based on forms of story-telling and sharing, the American artist Brandon LaBelle, working with urban networks and distributed sonic narratives, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec from Holland/Slovenia, investigating questions of architectural space and forms of transmission, and Norwegian artists Jana Winderen, uncovering hidden sources of sound through blind field recording, and Siri Austeen, exploring concrete sounds and the act of listening.

Organized by Brandon LaBelle and Jana Winderen
Producer: Hjørdis Kurås, Norway

Manual for the construction of a sound as a device to elaborate social connection
is a cooperation with Ultima 09, Oslo Contemporary Music Festival (,
Atelier Nord and Deichman libary, Grünerlølkka

The project is supported by Norsk Kulturråd