A four day international symposium with lectures, artist talks and live performances.

Henningsvær, Lofoten
06. Sep 2018
09. Sep 2018

Norsk versjon her

March 2018, first announcement: Registration for Network Meeting

The Lofoten Sound Art Symposium (LSAS) will take place September 6th – 9th 2018 in Henningsvær, Lofoten, Norway. It is an international meeting ground that gathers artists, producers and other agents from the broad and interdisciplinary field of sound art. It will consist of three days and nights with lectures, presentations and live performances, everything taking place in the small fishing village of Henningsvær.

All events are open and free for all audiences. Registration is required for parts of the program due to limited space.

LSAS is part of the international network initiative Sound Disturbance initiated by MUU, C-Y ContemporarY and the North Norwegian Art Centre (NNKS). Lofoten Sound Art Symposium is the third event in a series of Nordic sound art events initiated in 2016-2018. Past events in the series has been Ääniä muualta – Nordic Soundscapes – Sounds from Elsewhere taking place in Oulu organised by MUU and Sound DisturbanceHearing the Visual initiated by C-Y ContemporarY in Malmö.


NETWORK MEETING September 6th, 2018

Lofoten Sound Art Symposium – Network Meeting is a closed session for invited and pre-registered professionals working in the field of sound art.

The Lofoten Sound Art Symposium (LSAS) reach out to professional curators and cultural institutions, organizations and initiatives that have sound art as their common denominator and field of interest. The aim for the network meeting is to exchange experiences and share in-depth knowledge on the field of sound art. The meeting also aims to support and inspire working with new and broader audiences to facilitate the growing appreciation of the field of sound art at large. The LSAS collaborators are confirmed contributors to the Network Meeting.

We are currently accepting registrations to the Network Meeting on September 6th in Svolvær, Lofoten. Limited capacity, availability on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants to the Network Meeting and the symposium at large, will have to cover their own travel and accommondation in Lofoten.

To register as a contributor to the Network Meeting please send an e-mail to:
Karolin Tampere: karolin@nnks.no

Please include a short statement/info about the institution/initiative/platform/project that you will represent and present. The submitted text will be posted on our webpage. Subject line: «Registration LSAS Network Meeting»


DAY TO DAY PROGRAM of Lofoten Sound Art Symposium
(Contributors TBA)

September 5-6.th Suggested day of arrival
September 6th, Network Meeting: Closed session, pre-registration. Solvær, Lofoten. Location and time: TBA
September 7th-8th Day and Night program: Free of charge, open to all audiences. Henningsvær, Lofoten.
Lectures, artist talks and live performances by invited scholars and artists will give depth to the contexts and histories of sound art. Pre-registration.
September 9th, Symposium – daytime excursion in Lofoten and evening program – Pre-registration.
September 9th-10th Suggested departure day

Updated information and program of Lofoten Sound Art Symposium (LSAS) will be posted consecutively.
For general information about travel and accommodation, please consult this page, headline: How to get there



C-Y (ContemporarY) is an artist run interdisciplinary association for contemporary music and sound art in Malmö. Founded in 2007 it arranges music, art events and albums. C-Y curated the network meeting Hearing the Visual in Malmö. C-Y managed an Open call for the LSAS AiR in Sweden upon which a selection of artists and composers were made in dialogue with NNKS. www.c-y.se

MUU is an artist run, Finnish interdisciplinary artist association, founded in 1987. It represents and promotes experimental forms of art, such as media art, performance, video, sound and other modes of cultural production. MUU organised tha Ääniä muualta – Nordic Soundscapes – Sounds from Elsewhere in Oulu 2016 and managed the LSAS AiR Open call for Finland upon which a selection of artists were made in dialogue with NNKS. www.muu.fi

NyMusikk Nordland works to promote music and sound art through a series of concerts, lectures, meetings, screenings, performances and festivals aiming to increase the interest of the sound art field.

Lydgalleriet is a platform for sound art, exhibiting sound based art in Bergen, Norway. It explores experimental auditive cultures through gallery shows, concerts, workshops and and interventions in public space. It was initiated by musicians and sound artists in 2005. www.lydgalleriet.no/

The North Norwegian Art Centre (NNKS) is a regional centre for visual art, comprising the entire region of Northern Norway. The art centre’s office, gallery and artist residency is located in Svolvær, Lofoten. NNKS supports projects and regional initiatives in the field of visual art and runs an extensive programme all over Northern-Norway. NNKS selects the Norwegian participants of the LSAS AiR.

As organizers in the fiels of contemporary art, we reckon that sound art for the past few years has become an expression increasingly presented, as well as popular, among visual artists and audiences. Despite this, there is still a need for initiatives and conversations that highlight and discuss what it is. One can find practitioners who have their roots in visual arts as well as in music as composers and performers. Sound art has attracted great interest both nationally and internationally and is currently found at both major festivals and art exhibitions. The Lofoten Sound Art Symposium’s thematics and activities will primarily be informed by the participating artist’s practices. However, taking place in the surroundings of Lofoten islands and taking a cue from the practice of some of the most interesting recent and ongoing work in the field of sound art, the program will have a special focus on sound and nature. Sound and nature as a focus has several interesting entry points that are crucial at this moment in time, amongst other, it brings out aspects of listening. The landscape of Lofoten is widely known for its aesthetic qualities. Images of its surroundings are being re- produced and distributed extensively. In parallel to this often romantizised image, the archipelagos are places in transformation, grounds where fishing- and tourism industries alongside increased interests for oil drilling are being played out. What does this land and waterscape tell or reveal through its sounds?

Lofoten Sound Art Symposium contacts:
Karolin Tampere (Curator, North Norwegian Art Centre) karolin@nnks.no
Svein Ingvoll Pedersen (Director, North Norwegian Art Centre) svein@nnks.no

Press enquiries
Karolin Tampere (Curator North Norwegian Art Centre) karolin@nnks.no

Lofoten Sound Art Symposium is generously supported by Nordic Culture Point and Nordic Culture Fund