Espen Sommer Eide
Espen Sommer Eide is a musician and artist from Tromsø. With the musical projects Alog and Phonophani he has been among the most prominent representatives of experimental electronic music from Norway, with a string of releases on the label Rune Grammofon. He has also produced a series of site-specific pieces and artworks. These projects include a multichannel composition for the 50th anniversary of the completion of the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France; and a special ‘Building Instruments’ performance at the 2008 Manifesta Biennial. He recently had a solo exhibition, Dead Language Poetry, at Bergen Kunsthall/No.5 2013, and performed The Weed Archive at the 2013 Performa Festival in New York. Eide is also a member of the theatre/art collective Verdensteatret, with extensive international touring and exhibitions. Eide has been involved in a series of art and archival projects associated with topics relating to the Barents and Arctic regions of Northern Norway.
Ingri Midgard Fiksdal
Ingri Midgard Fiksdal is a choreographer and performer. She is currently a research fellow at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Program). Fiksdal’s work deals with perception and affectivity, and several of her pieces take shape as part performance and part live concert. The audience is always integral to the work, which aims to produce temporary collectives between performers and spectators. The notion of collectivity here refers to modes of attention and sensorial transference, rather than to interactivity. Her recent productions Hoods (2014), Night Tripper (2012) and The Orchard Ballads (2011) all created together with the artists Signe Becker and Ingvild Langgård, have been touring to venues such as brut Künstlerhaus in Vienna, Kampnagel in Hamburg, Inkonst in Malmö, The Armory Show in New York City, the LIMIT festival in Belgrade, as well as several venues around Norway. Hoods won the Norwegian Dance Critics’ Award from the Norwegian Critics’ Association in 2014.
Signe Lidén is an artist based in Bergen. Her installations and performances examine man-made landscapes and their resonance. She is interested in how places and their histories resonate; in memory, through narratives and various materials, as ideological manifestations and political territories. Her work ranges from sound installations, sculpture, video and performance to more documentary forms such as sound essays and archives. Lidén made the sound and video work krysning/conflux for the Dark Ecology project (2014); the installation series Writings for the European Sound Art Network Resonance (2013-14); and collaborated with Steve Rowell and Annesofie Norn on The Cold Coast Archive (2010-12), an exhibition series on the Global Seed Vault launched at the Centre for PostNatural History, Pittsburgh. She was commissioned to make works for Hordaland Art Center, Kunsthall Oslo and Ny Musikk, Touch Radio, and Interferenze New Arts Festival.
Grafters’ Quarterly is a free, English-language newspaper based in Bergen. The four issues each year present both new commissioned contributions and reprints from numerous fields within a topic specific to each issue. The first three issues of the newspaper were titled “Improvising Logics”, “Indexing Abstraction”, and “Social Thing Person”. The fourth issue will be launched in the summer of 2015 and takes its starting point in ideas relating to work ethics. Grafters’ Quarterly was founded and is edited by the artists Tora Endestad Bjørkheim and Johnny Herbert. The name of the newspaper alludes to ‘grafting’, denoting writing, the merging of one plant with another to facilitate continued growth, as well as a more colloquial expression for working.