Such joy to already be celebrating the 1st year of the Uneasy Listening Society with my artistic partner, Thomas Burø, and the great company board. It’s been a busy year, where we have developed connections to new, interesting partners – and started two major projects: Normal Cake, Please – a site-specific reunion performance of the Baltic Eurotrashers Angela, Leo and Viersturs (supported by Culture Point North), and the launch of our new festival; UPS! – an artistic, scientific and philosophical exploration of failures and f*ck-ups (supported by Statens Kunstfond) – of which I’m artistic director. Great prospects for 2017 and beyond…
The wonderful Finnish performance artist Pilvi Porkola sent out an invitation to artists to create a performance for Christmas. And who can resist becoming a Christmas tree? The audience was limited – my 19 year old son and the flora and fauna of our Cyprus beach home… but the feeling was great and the baubles very sparkly.
With this little image I hope that 2017 will be more playful, loving, silly, magical, sunny and inspiring for all who embrace it.
Happy New Year.
Different winds blew me to Singapore this summer – and it’s been such a mind-blowing experience. So many impressions, questions arise in this city where complete multiculturalism was part of the founder’s central ambition.
One of the foremost reasons for this visit was to experience the Singapore International Arts Festival curated by a generous and talented friend – Ong Keng Sen. Multiple brave and beautiful impressions. As part of the Kula Ring artistic exchange project I had the privilege of attending a cook-in by Malay artist Roslisham Ismail and was happy to encounter a fellow ‘beachcomber’ in artist Renata de Bonis, who exhibited beach finds from Cadoso Island in Brazil.
Had the distinct pleasure of participating in the Geopark Festival 2016 with the Uneasy Listening Society project; Sound Diaries. We created sound works each day based on a topic inspired by the festival. Thomas applies a philosophical perspective, and I comment with an artistic angle. It’s accessible and dynamic – and adds a different dimension to the festival programme… And it’s fun too!
Supported by Geopark Festival 2016
Spent an inspiring week in Riga, Latvia in the brilliant company of writer/ performers Ivo Briedis and Janne Saarakkala to devise the concept for a new performance scheduled to premier in 2018. We are reviving 3 characters from the 2008 show In the Nude – who will unite around a special celebration.
Other exciting connections include the progressive St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Riga, a representative of the LGBT community and the Ara Dance Company.
Can’t wait for the next workshop!
Supported by Kultur Kontakt Nord.
To celebrate the World Ocean Day – June 8th – the Uneasy Listening duo created a couple of small poems about this incredible force of nature.
Please visit our Soundcloud page for more work.
The talented sound artist and philosopher, Thomas Burø, and yours truly have decided to join forces to explore, strengthen and play with our ability to listen. We are creating performances that work with the audiences’ listening experience and indulges in an excess of amazing sounds. We’ve loving called our endeavours The Uneasy Listening Society.
Our first project: I’m Not Here will present work-in-progress in Vallekilde Højskole on April 20th at 8pm.