Phonophani: Animal Imagination   Landmark  Konsert

Please join us for the release concert for ‘Animal Imagination’ – a new album by Phonophani, coming out on Hubro on the 12th of May 2017.
Taking place in Landmark, the concert with Phonophani will be accompanied by visuals by the Austrian artist LIA.

Doors open: 20:00
Concert start: 21:00
CC: 100,-
75,- for members of nyMusikk and Borealis Listening Club.
Free for members of Bergen Kunsthall and students of KMD, UiB.

Espen Sommer Eide is a Norwegian composer, artist and musician. His solo music project Phonophani was founded 1997 in Tromsø with numerous releases on Rune Grammofon and Geir Jenssen's Biophon label. In addition to Phonophani, Eide also records music with Alog, his musical partnership with fellow Norwegian musician, Dag-Are Haugan.

His new album ‘Animal Imagination’ on Hubro (http://hubromusic.com/) is an unstable text, not quite one thing or the other. Instead, it presents us with a new, ritualistic and intensely physical approach to the creation of sound/music, in which reason and intellect have given way to intuition, magic and, perhaps, brute force. As Eide says in his brief sleeve note: I started hammering the keyboard with my paws, the sound rushing past me like wind while running. There was no composition or reasoning, just the beating of blood in my ears. I was finally making music like a dog. If you want a soundtrack for howling at the moon, this is it.

In addition to music Eide also makes elaborate multidisciplinary artworks investigating subjects ranging from the linguistic, the historical and archival to the invention of new scientific and musical instruments for performative fieldwork. His works has been exhibited and performed at Bergen Kunsthall, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Manifesta Biennial, Henie Onstad kunstsenter, Stedelijk Museum, De Halle Haarlem, Sonic Acts, Mutek festival, GRM/Presences Électronique, Performa Festival, Museo Reina Sofia and more.


Austrian artist LIA is considered one of the pioneers of software and net art and has been producing works since 1995. Her practice spans across video, performance, software, installations, sculpture, projections and digital applications.

The artist’s primary working material is code, which consists of LIA translating a concept into a formal written structure that then can be used to create a “machine” that generates real-time multimedia outputs. Since her concept is fluid – opposed to the formality of the written code that requires engineered precision – the translation process between machine and artist can be viewed like a conversation. The process is repeated until LIA is satisfied with the machine’s interpretation; at which point the generative framework, in which the artwork can develop, is considered finished.

LIA’s works combine traditions of drawing and painting with the aesthetics of digital images and algorithms, characterised by a minimalist quality and by an affinity with conceptual art. She focuses on the translation of certain experienced principles into abstract forms, movements and colours in order to allow the viewer to explore the same on a subconscious level.


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