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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SOUNDSCAPE


EX3 - Viale Giannotti 81/83/85 50126 Firenze-Italia
Videos & Sound Installations May 20-22 2011

SOUND INSTALLATION

abstract

Bjørn Erik HAUGEN Transfer

Transfer is a sound installation where I have recorded the sound from a piece of paper, when I wrote down the the Oxford dictionary`s definition of sound. The recorded sound is then panned in surround in such a way, that it is sychronised and reflects the curves and the lines I use when I write on the piece of paper. The sounds are therefore experienced spatially by the listener/viewer of the installation. The sound material will loop during the exhibition.
In short terms I write in the air the definition of a drawing, and make this a surround/spatial sound installation. The piece of paper where I have written down the definition will be exhibited as a part of Transfer. The installation was exhibited at Henie Onstad in Oslo 2008.
The purpose of the project
My main intention in this piece is to give the audience an general and accepted definition of what sound is. In my point of view it is too narrow and technical to use in sound as an art practice or as aesthetical material.
In Transfer the recording of the definition is «stored» or written down by hand, that nowadays contributes with a nostalgic aspect in the work. The sound of the writing is something that is let out of the content of writing. Here I want to show this by giving the sound of writing a physical and spatial value. One will be able to feel the curves and lines in the room. It will be like one is underneath or inside the piece of paper when I am writing on it. The listener/viewer can also follow the writing on the original piece of paper that will be exhibited in the sound installation.
In my view the work has at least three layers of content
1. The sound as something transfered on to the viewer or listener, as perception. The sound of writing as a Real aspect in Lacanian terms, as something that is left out in the Symbolic aspect in meaning construction
2. That language, words and definitions is something others have decided the content of through discourse and history, that it is stored and transferred to us in books and language. That we have to relate to in our language and in our use of it both in daily and scientific life.
3. The relation between the content of the definition and the act of writing of it transfered to sound through writing as the main source and material for the installation.


My name is Bjørn Erik Haugen, and I have an MA from the National Academy in Oslo 2007 where I studied under the Henrik Plenge Jacobsen. I work mainly with composition, sound- and videoinstallation. I work from a conceptual platform where the idea to the work comes before the material, media or way of expression.
In my work I am concerned about how the TV and other screen-based medias makes in impact on our lives. The influence this has on our perception of reality is something I think is problematic and fascinating. My intention is that my works shall make the viewer reflect and discuss the specualtive and spectacular of what we see on the screens that surrounds us in our daily life, with that I mean everything from internet and computer games to TV and video. I often blend compositions and videos to make an artistic work as for example
Regress that can be watched here: http://www.bjornerikhaugen.com/Websted/Videos.html
My compositions har been performed in Helsinki, Iceland and in Ultima festival and in Trondheim Chamber Music Festival in Norway. One of my compositions will also be performed at ISCM 2009 in Sweden. The piece
My videos has been shown on the annual national autumn exhibition in Norway, and have been screened in Wienna, Barcelona, Sweden, Germany, Greece and in USA. The National TV Channel in Norway, NRK, has also has also shown an excerpt of his video Interface on TV. I attended a sound art exhibition at Henie Onstad Art Center November 2008.



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