Espen Sommer Eide, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens


Visningsrommet USF
USF Verftet, Georgenes Verft 12, Bergen Map

At 12:00–14:00
Free entrance

Exercises in non-human listening

In this lecture Espen Sommer Eide will present his latest project Imaginalia. Based on studies of animals’ sensory biology, it develops a number of exercises to enter into other creatures’ sensory worlds; exercises where reason must be partly abandoned. At the same time this project demonstrates the boundaries of our own senses and how such limitations and inadequacies are what give form to our personal memories and histories. We see the world as much through our missing senses as through the ones we have. In this presentation Eide will mainly focus on mosquitoes and salmon, and their distinctive organs of sight and hearing.

When a Portia Spider Hesitates

In their lecture, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens will reflect on how the scientific community has approached and measured non-human animal cognition from the early 20th century to the present. Drawing upon key experiments conducted in laboratories by psychologists, biologists, ethologists, zoologists and neuroscientists, they will examine the protocols and apparatus imagined by researchers to measure the performance of animals.

The artists will anchor this presentation in their most recent work, entitled Anthology of Performance Pieces for Animals, which is being shown in their exhibition at Visningsrommet USF. Taking the form of an artist book, scaled models and text, the work explores what happens when animals involved in experiments are no longer depicted as passive objects but rather as active participants, as performers who make sense of the situations in which they are placed.

Photo: Espen Sommer Eide

Espen Sommer Eide

Espen Sommer Eide is a composer and artist based in Bergen, Norway. Using music as a tool, his works investigate themes ranging from language to sensory biology, including the invention of new scientific and musical instruments for performative fieldwork. With projects such as Alog and Phonophani, along with a string of releases on the labels Rune Grammofon and Hubro, Eide is a prominent representative of experimental electronic music from Norway. His works have been exhibited and performed at Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen Assembly, Manifesta Biennial, Henie Onstad kunstsenter, Stedelijk Museum, De Halle Haarlem, Sonic Acts, Mutek festival, GRM/Presences Électronique, Performa Festival, Museo Reina Sofia and other venues. Eide is also a member of the theatre/art collective Verdensteatret, with an extensive record of international touring and exhibitions.

Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens

Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens live in Durham-Sud, Canada. They have presented their work in solo exhibitions at the Audain Gallery, Vancouver, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, and Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, as well as group exhibitions including the OFF-Biennale Budapest, Bienal de Cuenca, Istanbul Biennial, Biennale de Montréal and Sharjah Biennial.

Volt’s programme in 2018 is funded by the City of Bergen and the Arts Council Norway.

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