Asbjørn Blokkum Flø

Electric Rain

Location: Atelier Nord ANX, Olaf Ryes plass 2 (entrance Sofienberggata)
Dates: 07.09.18 – 30.09.18
Opening hours: 13 – 18 during Ultima (13.09 – 22.09.18). Thursday and friday 15 – 18, Saturday and sunday 13 – 18 during the rest of the exhibition.

 Please join us for the opening reception 06.09.2018, 7 PM. The installation is produced in collaboration with Ultima and Notam and is part of Ultima 2018.

Rain as a resonant and climatic phenomena is the point of departure for composer and sound artist Asbjørn Blokkum Flø’s site specific sound installation Electric Rain. Water is essential for all life on earth, and rain is a central part of the circulation of water. Rain is the result of large climate systems, but is also a complex sound phenomena.

The auditive qualities of rain can seem arbitrary, but there are complex systems involved; the distribution of each drops position, size and quantity are some of the many elements that affect the sound of rain. In the installation the resonant properties of rain are explored through a large number of sound-objects. One hundred individually controlled speakers are situated in the gallery space, enveloping the listener in a three dimensional and spatial soundscape. The soundscape is colored by the acoustic properties of the room and by the movement of visitors. A custom-developed software package controls sound variables such as drop-size, quantity and duration. This allows the rain sound to be experienced through several permutations; from a light drizzle to tropical storm.

In his work, Asbjørn Blokkum Flø treats sound as both signifying communication and as abstract resonance. He has worked with both historical musical objects and pure resonance. His installation Ragnarok (National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Kaliningrad, Russland; Ultima, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, 2011) compressed Richard Wagner’s fifteen hour opera Der Ring des Nibelungen into a one-second musical elementary particle, while installations like Doppelgänger(Bergen kunsthall, 2014) focused on the materiality of sound and the chime of metal objects.

With Electric Rain, Flø continues his work with sound as signifying communication and abstract resonance. Rain is a complex phenomenon which is part of climate processes and shapes ecosystems. Rain affects solar irradiance, ocean currents, geological conditions as well as human activities. And as such, changes in rainfall can indicate changes in climactic conditions. In Electric Rain, these processes are the basis for a bodily and sculptural soundscape.

Asbjørn Blokkum Flø (b. 1973, Volda, Norway) lives and works in Oslo. Flø’s work has been shown and performed at DEAF (Dutch Electronic Arts festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands), ICMC (International Computer Music Conference, Denton, USA), NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Baton Rouge, USA), Synthése (International Festival of electronic music and sonic art, Bourges, Francee), Sound around Kaliningrad (International Forum of Experimental Music and Sound Art, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Kaliningrad, Russia), Prix Italia (Prix Italia, Radiotelevisione Italiana, Italy), Ars Acustica (EBU Ars Acustica Group, European Broadcasting Union), as well as Bergen kunsthall, Henie-Onstad kunstsenter, Kunstnernes hus, Visningsrommet USF, Ultima, Borealis Festival, Ibsen Festival, Ekko and Grønland Chamber Music Festival in Norway.

Electric Rain is supported by Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, Komponistenes Vederlagsfond og Norsk kulturfond. Technology developed and produced at Notam by Asbjørn Blokkum Flø, Thom Johansen and Hans Wilmers.

Special thanks to Bitraf, Jon Ole Flø, Silje Høgevold, Ane Melhuus Jenssen, Thom Johansen, Nikolai Kolstad, Astrid Midtbø, Erla Silfá Hordvik Thorgrímsdóttir, Hans Wilmers, Dennis Reksten and Elektrisk Regn.