Work Residency: Åse Løvgren, Stine Gonsholt and Alexander Rishaug

BEK 11.03.2019 16.03.2019
Lunch presentation, BEK 15.03.2019 13.0015.03.2019 14.30


Åse Løvgren, Stine Gonsholt and Alexander Rishaug will be working at BEK March 11th – 16th. They will add sound to their video project, and do sound- and image editing. Also, they will record voice over.

Welcome to the lunch presentation Friday March 15th at 13.00
Lunch will be served!

The physical landscape as idea and reference point – The Valley

In the project, the village of Dale in Vaksdal is used as a prism to look at global changes related to production, digitization, trade and value creation, and how such change processes affect the site’s status and the relationship between the material and intangible. A new type of industry has occupied the old factory buildings in Dale, which now houses a large data park digging for Bitcoin.

The tension between the local that dissolves in global economy and production, while production is rooted in local material conditions, is central to Løvgren and Gonsholt’s investigations.

The video The Valley uses sound as a concrete phenomenon and trace of production, showing the surfaces and material conditions in which production is tied to. In various ways, the video is an essay reflecting the relationship between the material and the intangible, the local and the global.

The artists Løvgren and Gonsholt have been working on a larger exploration of landscape since March 2017, where they enter the understanding of landscape in different ways. In the first part, they used frottage as a method for documenting the physical landscape. This resulted in Det fysiske landskapet som idé og referansepunkt (The physical landscape as an idea and reference point), a series of frottages of, among other things, the actual factory building or the pipe foundations that provide hydropower. Other frottages are taken from surfaces where the drawing appears as a landscape in itself, a map of a terrain that is changing rapidly. Det fysiske landskapet som idé og referansepunkt will be showed at Vestlandsutstillingen 2019.

The Valley will be shown April 6th 2019 in connection with Nye Fortsettelser in Vaksdal, curated by Anne Szefer Karlsen.

Stine Gonsholt and Åse Løvgren are responsible for the project, Alexander Rishaug is making sound for the video.

About Åse Løvgren

Åse Løvgren is an artist working in a wide range of formats where collaboration is often at the core. She was co-artistic research leader in the artistic research project Synsmaskinen based at the Faculty of Art, UiB ( The research project proposed a multifaceted inquiry into contemporary crises. Together with Karolin Tampere she initiated the ongoing collaboration Rakett in 2003, which is a mobile platform for multivocal exchange through collaborative and investigative curatorial and artistic projects. She is project developer at VISP where she hosts Critics’ Conversations that aims to engage a public conversation and response to art exhibitions and projects. From 2017 she collaborates with artist Stine Gonsholt, in a landscape investigation of Dale on the West coast of Norway, where involvement in global capital and trade are analyzed through history, until todays digital mining of Bitcoin in the old abandoned textile factory. Recent and coming exhibitions are Balkong Tromsø (performance), Nye Fortsettelser at Vaksdal, curated by Anne Szefer Karlsen and Vestlandsutstillingen 2019 curated by Marte Danielsen Jølbo. 

About Stine Gonsholt

Stine Gonsholt is an artist working within the field of video, photo, animation and sound installations, in parallel with collaborative projects including experimental video and animation. She has also produced a series of public commissions and artist books (Spriten Forlag).

Gonsholt’s projects deals with questions related to development processes. Changes within local communities as a consequence of global development, is a main point of interest. As of 2017, she is collaborating with artist Åse Løvgren, in a landscape investigation of Dale on the West coast of Norway. Upcoming exhibition; Nye Fortsettelser at Vaksdal, curated by Anne Szefer Karlsen and Vestlandsutstillingen 2019 curated by Marte Danielsen Jølbo.

Stine Gonsholt’s website.

About Alexander Rishaug

Alexander Rishaug is a sound artist and composer working in the field in between the art and the experimental music scene. Rishaug creates site-specific sound projects that investigates time, memory, space/place and acoustics through the use of extended field recording techniques and advanced speaker technology, analogue synthesizers, computers and generative sound manipulations. At the moment Rishaug is engaged in a PhD Research Fellowship in artistic research – at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø. 

Alexander Rishaug’s website.