Field Mode II: Circumference – an instrument by Signe Lidén

BEK 14.10.2021 20.11.2021


As part of the symposium “The Only Lasting Truth is Change”, Signe Lidén has developed Circumference, an audio recording instrument created to be shared between artists. In October and November, the instrument will be included in BEK’s library of technical equipment, available for use by artists.

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Circumference is a microphone that can record both under and above water at the same time. Unlike most microphones, which strive to record surroundings without themselves being audible, the instrument is coloured by its own sound and records its encounter with water, air and the sounds that occur there. During the symposium´s core event on 20 November, Lidén will play her own and others’ recordings made with the instrument and reflect on the experiences of sharing and artistic co-authorship. From this starting point, she will discuss how a library of methods, instruments and documentation can contribute to the long-term perspective of artistic studies of place.

Circumference is a further development of the instrument Field Mode, where an acoustic membrane for recording was developed in collaboration with Tilburg Textile Lab and was part of Spatial Media Laboratories/Sonic Acts.


Signe Lidén is an artist based in Oslo. Her work explores relations between place, sensing and sound. Through field recording, instrument building and conversations, she approaches place as a dynamic becoming produced by geological, biological and atmospheric processes, as well as social and economic relations. Her work spans from sound installations, video and performance to more documentary forms such as sound essays and archives.

Lidén’s project The Tidal Sense (2019) consisted of a residency, exhibition and seminar, commissioned by LIAF. Field Modulations is a series of works and exhibitions created during Sound Art Residency at St. Johns College in Oxford. Vertical Studies, a collaboration with Espen Sommer Eide, made the performance Acoustic Shadows and Boundary Reflections (2017) realised at the Sonic Acts Festival (Amsterdam) and Borealis Festival (Bergen) and Altitude and History (2016) for the Dark Ecology project. The collaboration The Cold Coast Archive (2010-12) was launched at the Centre for PostNatural History (Pittsburgh, 2012) and presented at The Long Now Foundation (2012), Eastern Bloc (Montreal, 2016) and L´Atelier (Nantes, 2019). She was commissioned to make works for SALT, Volt, the Hordaland Art Center, Kunsthall Oslo, nyMusikk, Touch Radio, among others. Lidén is the initiator of the upcoming collaborations Pavilion and Academy of Rhythmorphology.