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“____ //// /O/O/O The mouth expresses thoughts. The landscape renders its tone!”

  • Henning Christiansen

Page from "Der Mund spricht die Gedanken aus. Die Landschaft gibt Ihren Klang!"

An exhibition with works by Henning Christiansen.

The inaugural exhibition at the Center for Klangkunst by the umbrella institution Kunsthal 44 Møen shows seminal works of Henning Christiansen with his 45 min. single channel video Den vandrende Stemme (the wandering voice) as the main piece. Filmed in 1991 in Møn, the wave breaking at the shore become the musical metre while Christiansen´s body and voice appear as the protagonists. Repetively he performs the words that describe the landscape around him, some of which remain invisible to us (Skoven/the forest) or can only be heard (vinden/the wind). Within the context of Christiansen´s prominent statement of “Musik als Grün” (music as green) Den vandrende Stemme demonstrates prototypically his search for sound within his immediate natural surroundings and offers an understanding of music as a time based event of the every day. This Fluxid endeavour resonates in the sounds, images and objects of this exhibition.

____ //// /O/O/O The mouth expresses thoughts. The landscape renders its tone! is a multidisciplinary project that takes place in Denmark, Norway and Sweden in 2016 and 2017. It invites visual, sound and performance artists, composers and musicians alike to engage with the heritage of Fluxus artist Henning Christiansen and to develop performative works on sound, landscape and language around the kunsthal and neighbouring site like the nearby Fanefjord church, a field, an old wheat barn and HC´s old house.

In 2000 Henning Christiansen wrote a text called Der Mund spricht die Gedanken aus. Die Landschaft gibt ihren Klang! As a literary voyage it illustrates his understanding of the interaction between the soundscapes and the landscapes of Denmark, Norway and Sweden: one can hear, Christiansen explains, the flatlands and islands in the Danish language, the woods and lakes in Swedish and the rocks and fjords in Norwegian. His text ends with a pictorial representation of the three soundscapes that constitute the title of this project: ___//// /O/O/O

The inaugural exhibition at the Center for Klangkunst by the umbrella institution Kunsthal 44 Møen shows seminal works of Henning Christiansen with his 45 min. single channel video Den vandrende Stemme (the wandering voice) as the main piece. Filmed in 1991 in Møn, the wave breaking at the shore become the musical metre while Christiansen´s body and voice appear as the protagonists. Repetively he performs the words that describe the landscape around him, some of which remain invisible to us (Skoven/the forest) or can only be heard (vinden/the wind). Within the context of Christiansen´s prominent statement of “Musik als Grün” (music as green) Den vandrende Stemme demonstrates prototypically his search for sound within his immediate natural surroundings and offers an understanding of music as a time based event of the every day. This Fluxid endeavour resonates in the sounds, images and objects of this exhibition.

Performance weekend on June 25th and 26th
Relating to Christiansen’s oeuvre, Swedish sound artist Sven-Åke Johansson, Oslo based visual and sound artist Camille Norment, Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumsteinas, Swedish visual and performance artist Linda Persson and the Danish collective LOL beslutning with members of Synd og Skam present concerts, performances and happenings around the kunsthal and neighbouring sites like the nearby Fanefjord church, a field, an old wheat barn and Henning Christiansen’s old house.

Program:

Saturday 25.6. (Kunsthal 44 Møen)
14:00 Linda Persson “The green room after Henning: All the cage is the stage” (all day)
17:00 Opening speach by chairman Bjørn Nørgaard and curator Nico Anklam
18:00 Camille Norment “Skype duet for two pianos: Oslo and Møn”, from “Foreign Bodies”
19:00 Sven-Åke Johansson “Sounds of a Tropical Rainforest in America”
19:30 Sven-Åke Johansson “Klingend und Festgehalten” (excerpt)
20:00 Dinner on the field
21:00 LOL beslutning “Destina & Destine and Den otteøjede skorpion” (prelude)
22:30 Arturas Bumšteinas “Insect Caroussel”

Sunday 26.6. (Fanefjord Kirke)
14:00 Sven-Åke Johansson “Wirbel und einzelne Schläge auf kleiner Trommel”, from “Drei Stücke für Zion, No. III ”
14:30 LOL beslutning “Destina & Destine and den otteøjede skorpion”

Tickets performance weekend DKK 100. Available at the door.

As a second stop the project travels to an abandoned 1950s miner building, now functioning as the art space Velferden in the valley of Sokndal and is co-hosted by Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger on August 27th, 2016. Further performances and a conference on sound, landscape and language take place in Sweden in 2017.

Conceived and curated by Nico Anklam.

Supported by: Nordisk Kulturfond, Statens Kunstfond, SNYK-ny music, Vordingborg Kommune, Rogaland Fylkeskommune, Rogaland Kunstsenter, Norges ambassade i København, Swedish Art Council, Norsk Kulturfond and with support from Danish Composers´ Society´s Production Pool/KODA´s Cultural Funds.

Henning Christiansen, " Den vandrende stemme / The Wandering Voice", 1991

Henning Christiansen, "Have orkester / Garden Orchestra", 1973

Arturas Bumšteinas "Insect Caroussel"

Linda Persson, "The green room after Henning: All the Cage is the stage"

LOL beslutning, "Destina & Destine and The Eight Eyed Scorpion" (prelude)

Sven-Åke Johansson, "Wirbel und einzelne Schläge auf kleiner Trommel", from "Drei Stücke für Zion, No. lll"

Sven-Åke Johansson, "Klingend und Festgehalten" (exerpt)

Sven-Åke Johansson, "Sounds of a Tropical Rainforest in America"