Friday 5 January 2024

Palaeofaeces in Stockholm


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Norrköping Air part of the team that is starting up a new project called “PalaeoFaeces.” In order to develop the project, members of the working group meet in StockholmJanuary 23-27. Here is an introductory text to the project:

Throughout our evolutionary history, the human microbiome has gone through some significant changes. Examinations of paleofeaces (human excrement that is thousands of years old) suggest that there has been a major extinction event in the human gut. The ancient microbiome contained 40% of species that were previously unknown to science. Furthermore, the ancient microbiomes had a higher number of transposases which contain elements of DNA sequences that can change location in the genome. So, the microbes might use this much larger collection of transposases to grab and collect genes that could help them adapt to different environments. One species, Treponema succinifaciens, was found in all of the ancient microbiomes but is completely absent in the modern western microbiome. In the words of researcher Aleksandar Kostic, “These are things we don’t get back.”

These changes to our microbiome go hand in hand with technological inventions and there are four major changes that altered our human microbiota significantly. The first of these was the discovery and use of fire. Although it is hard to pinpoint exactly when this occurred and became widespread practice, it is usually estimated to had happened around 2 million to 400 000 years ago. The second big change was the process of developing agriculture, which happened over 5000 years and that was fully in place approximately 10,000 years ago. Pre-agricultural societies had a much higher microbial diversity. The reason for this is most likely the more diverse diet of hunter-gatherer societies. Compared to agricultural societies, the hunter-gatherers traveled over a wider area. But even the traditional societies that rely on agriculture have a higher microbial diversity than their modern western counterparts.

But the most significant change occurred over the last 300 years or so, with the start of industrialisation. This process was intensified after the 1950 with what has been called The Great Acceleration. During this time the invention and use of antimicrobial agents, such as biocides, disinfectants and antibiotics has increased, exponentially killing off, not only the “bad” microbes but also the ones who are beneficial for human health. The increased use of pharmaceutical products has also had a negative impact on the microbes in the gut. There is a paradox in all of this. For while we, in western society, have the opportunity to have a diet that is much more diverse than the hunter-gatherer could only dream of, and thus have an even higher microbial diversity, we simply don’t. Why is that?  One of the main differences between ancestral human microbiome and those of humans in the developed world is that the ancient population were exposed to the microbiota from a relatively small geographical area something that would change during the age of exploration.

So, what is a historical microbiome? What can we learn from what we have lost? Is there a historicity to the microbiome?

Thursday 16 November 2023

Sparkling Talks


Friday 27 October 2023

Transformation III

 


The Swedish-French musical festival, Transformation III will warm up in 2023 with multiple residencies, public presentations and concerts in Paris. The festival will take place in France in 2024 will bring together artists from multiple fields, researchers primarily from neuroscience and technology developers from many fields. Participants come from Sweden, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and Japan. On November 11, 2023 at 19.30pm, Transformation III will be performing at Cafe de Paris during the evening.

 

PROGRAM
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RYOKO SEKIGUCHI [JP] – La voix sombre (Reading)
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PINK TWINS [FI] – The Transient (Video)
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https://pinktwins.com/
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SONIA LEBER & DAVID CHESWORTH [AU] – Mission Crimps (Video)
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https://leberandchesworth.com/filmworks/mission-crimps/
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SAMON TAKAHASHI [FR] & STEPHEN WHITMARSH [UK/NL] – Steady State (Brainwave Music Live – Disruptive Noise Catharsis)
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https://stephenwhitmarsh.com/
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https://samontakahashi.bandcamp.com/
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PER HÜTTNER [SE] – Trickster Tricking Himself [Live Brainwave Music/Visuals]
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https://www.perhuttner.com/
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SONIA LEBER & DAVID CHESWORTH [AU] – Myriad Falls (Video)

https://leberandchesworth.com/filmworks/myriad-falls/
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CARIMA NEUSSER [SE] – Liminal Beauty [Performance]
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https://www.carimaneusser.com/
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VOISIN VIGILANT [FR] – (Electro Kraut)
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https://www.instagram.com/___.jessica93.___/

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Saturday November 11, 19.30, 2023
10€ on the door

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Cabaret du Café de Paris
158 rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
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(M) 2 – Ménilmontant

Friday 25 August 2023

More Transformation

 


In spring 2019 Norrköping Air co-organised a 4-day festival in Stockholm called Transformation with Vision Forum. It investigated how naturally occurring nerve signals from muscle and brain can be used in musical composition and performance production. During the festival composers, musicians, technology developers and researchers met to investigate the aesthetic potential of biofeedback in music. The events and meetings led to a rich surge of reflections, development of new ideas, new research topics, new technological development, new collaborations and new artistic projects.The event was greatly appreciated by audience, participants and the media. During lockdown in spring 2020, Norrköping Air organised the online festival Transformation II in collaboration with French online radio P-node.

In 2024, we will co-organise Transformation III in Paris together with our Swedish and French partners. The project will already start in 2023 with multiple residencies, public presentations and concerts at La Generale and at Le Cube Garges in October and November 2023. The festival in France will bring together artists from multiple fields, researchers primarily from neuroscience and technology developers from many field. Participants come from Sweden, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and Japan. For the week September 25 – October 1, Swedish and French musicians will be working together with the EEGsynth technology.

Sunday 2 April 2023

Do Trees Dream of CO2 at Earthwise

 

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Norrköping Air, Vision Forum and our project “Do Trees Dream of CO2” are hosted by Earthwise in Bogens outside Aarhus for a workshop April 11-14, 2022. During these intense working days, artists will together investigate what happens to trees and humans at night and if the two can find a platform for nocturnal exchange. Here is what French artist Karine Bonneval writes about the trees’ nightly life:

During the day, the branches and leaves of the trees rise to catch the sunlight and activate the photosynthesis that is essential for their survival, but at night they fall back, as if to rest. For its growth, a tree absorbs water through the roots, stores less than 5% in the new cells and the rest evaporates through the leaves. During the day, under the influence of the climate (hotter or cooler and sunnier days), the absorption of water from the soil does not immediately compensate for the water lost through evaporation, and therefore the diameter of the branches decreases. This decrease is the consequence of the depletion of the water reserves in the bark.

At night, in the absence of evaporation, the re-hydration of the tree allows a recovery of the diameter of the branches accompanied by an increase in it, when the climatic conditions have been favourable to photosynthesis and therefore to growth. This day/time activity can be followed with an electronic device, the Pepipiaf. It memorises the variations in diameter of a branch of a tree very precisely, without disturbing the trees functioning, and at the same time measures the air temperature in the vicinity of the monitored branch.

Plants have photo-receptors to detect light and distinguish different colours in the light spectrum. They also have a sense of touch: a tree will adapt its growth to the wind and its intensity. They are also sensitive to smells and sounds. We humans have ears to perceive sounds. Trees don’t have senses in the same way, but their cells can perceive vibrations, especially roots and leaves. Plants are anchored in the soil and half of their organisms live underneath the ground and beyond our perception. But no ecological niche occupied by plants is silent. In addition to the sound of the five elements, almost all animals make a variety of sounds.

Phyto-acoustics is a new field of research researching how plants can perceive and emit sounds. For instance Monica Gagliano , from The University of Western Australia, has proven that roots grow in the direction of sound sources.

During the workshop the project’s members work with the Pepipiaf technology and use the signals that they get from the inner life of trees to make music in real time. The team will also try out new loudspeaker equipment and much more.

Wednesday 15 March 2023

Hypnotism in Paris

 

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Norrköping Air and Curatorial Mutiny are working together with French hypnotherapist Thomas Auroux throughout the spring and summer 2023. Together they investigate how music and sound can be generated under hypnosis. The investigations will lead to the creation of a new performance that will be presented in Sweden and France later in the year. Auroux works professionally as a hypnotherapist and specialises in trauma and addiction. The sessions also adds depths to our work with artists from Sweden and Egypt which focuses on how artists can become truer to themselves in their artistic practice in the light of the steady encroaching power of consumerism in our lives. 

The group working with Auroux has carried our three sessions in April and more are planned in May, June, July and August.

Monday 13 March 2023

More Governing Bodies in Gothenburg

 

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Governing Bodies participates in the second anthropocene meeting at Skogen in Gothenburg March 25 at 5pm and Norrköping Air helps organise the event. During the meeting the organisers will introduce a creative speculative reflection on how humans define, relate to and use botanical life forms. Can a plant be an individual, or a forest an individual? How do we think about mono-cultures and differences between searching for active substances in wild and cultivated plants? During the event short presentations of art projects as well as selected contributions from the upcoming 284 anthology “Anthropocene Laboratory” will provide interesting highlights and points of departure for discussions. Please contact Skogen if you want to join at info@skogen.pm.

Friday 25 November 2022

Book Release in Gothenburg

 


- 18:00, December 5, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

Norrköping Air is proud to present an event that we co-organise with Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.

Since 2018 a group of artists and researchers from half a dozen European countries have met, discussed, cooked, eaten and made interdisciplinary art events about the microbes that humans live in symbiosis with. Together the members of the group share a deep interest in how humankind’s growing understanding about the microbes in the human body influence humankind’s understanding of itself and our place in the world. Their collective experiences form the basis for a new publication that shed light on how microbes influence our health and our personality. It is also an exploration of what happens when different forms of knowledge come together and investigate a subject from different angles and new perspectives. It was created to inspire new thinking, new eating habits, and new perspectives on art and science. The contributors offer inspiration for our daily lives by reflecting on what happens when we see ourselves not as individuals, but rather living, walking ecosystems.

Each human being lives with 1,5kg of microbes. They live in and on our body and because they are so tiny they outnumber the amount of cells that make up our bodies. The increasing knowledge about our interactions with microbes is shifting our perception of who we are and how we understand the world. This also raises questions about how humans should act in the light of these unfolding discoveries about the importance of the more-than-human world. The new knowledge also offers opportunities for new technologies and at the same time forces humanity to make complex ethical decisions. Research about microbes is therefore not only a question for microbial scientists. It is important for everyone on the planet, human and non-human alike. Today’s research and technological advances are not only changing science, they also affect the environment as well as influence the humanities and the arts. .

You are invited to the release of the book where you can meet some of the writers who have participated in the process. We meet December 5 at 18:00 at Chalmers, Hörsalsvägen 7, in Gothenburg. When you enter you will have Café Bulten to your right. On your left you will find a large space and in it the entrance to the room “Delta”  where the event takes place.  There will a performance and discussions with the editor and contributors to the book.

We also invite you for some pizza and some drinks afterwards.

Welcome!

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CONTRIBUTORS:

⁃    MaiBritt Giacobini
⁃    Elias Arnér
⁃    Carima Neusser
⁃    Per Huttner
⁃    Freddie Ross
⁃    Kurt Johannessen
⁃    Emil Krog
⁃    Giada Lo Re

Governing Bodies is published by Vision Forum and Curatorial Mutiny. The project and publication is supported by Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point and Längmanska kulturfonden.

Editor: Freddie Ross, with the assistance of Carola Uehlken and Per Hüttner.
Graphic Design: Erik Månsson
Copy editing: Tom Ridgway

Thursday 9 June 2022

Ghetto Gucci at Weld

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We are proud to announce that we are co-producing Ghetto Gucci at Weld in Stockholm June 26 and 27. The performance begins at 19h.

In Ghetto Gucci artists from Haiti and Sweden invite the audience to reflect on the role of visions, dreams and life goals in our lives. Whether we live in great poverty or in enormous wealth, we encounter relentless advertising images, media reports and slogans that tell us what to think and how to act. How can we collectively find alternatives? Art offers other perspectives. With art, we can engage with each other with our bodies, with real emotions, create real exchanges and give each other support.
The two performance artists Michel La Fleur and Jerry Reginald Chery appear on a dark stage. They are dressed in “bling-bling” and Gucci copies. They stare coldly at the audience and at the same time caress live kittens in their arms. Carima Neusser and Adriana Benjamin enter the stage and they dance together. We see that through dance they develop another form of freedom and alternative ways to communicate. By creating and dancing together the artists become intimate with life in new ways. Music, movement and props enable them to formulate new hope and new goals. Huttner provides the soundscape for the entire performance. Between the different tableaux, romantic paintings of heroes from the Haitian revolution are projected on stage. The Haitian revolution is an important inspiration for Haitians who want to change their lives. What dreams of another life drove the slave uprising 1791-1804? Ghetto Gucci inspires artists and audience alike to learn from each other, from history and to reflect on what kind of future we can imagine individually and collectively.

To book a ticket: write to info [at] weld.se.


Wednesday 5 January 2022

V8skan in Egypt


The team organising the art and science project V8skan are meeting in Cairo and Fayoum January 16-22, 2022 in order to prepare their upcoming publication/game. The work’s goal is to create a platform for inter-human communication that deliberately avoids polarisation, politics and social media. The publication/game will instead inspire deep conversations, beautiful dialogues and shared investigation into the beauty and ingenuity of life.

 

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Vending Machine - Andreas Hiroui Larsson and Joakim Forsgren

 


2021.06.11–08.11 @ KULTURHUSET STADSTEATERN

 
Vending Machine is an album by Joakim Forsgren and Andreas Hiroui Larsson – a dialogue between the two and their different practices. On the album they have worked with audio recordings of malfunctioning billboards and vending machines, as well as of percussive sounds from a sound card case, and a tennis racket. BBC Radio 3 recently highlighted the album in a thematic episode based on the collaboration, and with an appropriate name: The Song of the Vending Machine.
Vending Machine is published by Thanatosis on 11 June, and is available in a vending machine at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern until 11 August.
 
 
Vending Machine is part of An Infinite Love, an exhibition project in three parts presented by Per Hüttner, Barbara Polla, and Joakim Forsgren, made in collaboration with SKF/Konstnärshuset, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Kl.9, and visionforum. An Infinite Love is made with support from the Swedish Arts Council. The vending machine at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern is installed on site with the support of Café Bar. Photographs by Jean-Baptiste Béranger.

Tuesday 1 June 2021

An Infinite Love in Stockholm

 

 

 Barbara Polla, Joakim Forsgren and Per Hüttner present an exhibition project in three-parts in collaboration with Konstnärshuset, Kl. 9 and Kulturhuset. Artistic guided tours form an integral part of the project and will take place on June 9 and 10 June. The walks take their inspiration from surgery and love. One of the most obvious and hushed up features of being a medical doctor, is the love for the other’s body. This love can transform the violence of the scalpel into healing care, just like the artist can transform the ugly, discarded and unwanted into something aesthetically pleasing that moves its audience’s emotions.


During the walk through central Stockholm, the visitor meets the artists, a doctor, a surgeon who reflect on art and surgery in poetic and sometimes provocative ways. Personal thought, experiences and stories are interwoven with the starting point in the exhibitions, from architecture and that manifests itself in the city. The project is a unique opportunity to meet art, the urban fabric and gain new perspective on how ontologies become visible through the unusual meeting between science and art.

The visitor can sign up for the guided tours by finding a free slot at (www.visionforum.eu/3k/). Send an email with your name, the time you want to attend along with your phone number to (3k@visionforum.eu). But hurry up, there is a limited number of slots available.  The guided tour is in Swedish or English according to your desires. The project forms a part of "An Infinite Love." a

Monday 22 March 2021

Firefly Frequencies in Your Ears

 


Norrköping Air is proud to announce that Italian Radio “Firefly Frequencies” dedicate the first episode  of their series “An Archive of Dreams” to the project “Delta” that our members are working with. In Delta we develop performances for sleeping audiences. Neuroscientists, musicians and artists from multiple European countries together develop technology and content to enrich the nocturnal lives of dreamers and sleepers.

The show is entitled “The Sound of Sleep” and can be accessed any time on the Firefly Frequencies website. It also contains multiple tracks that Per Huttner has created based on the delta signals of Italian artist Emilio Fantin when he is in deep sleep. Delta waves are the most prominent brains for the sleeping brain and are not extensively present in the waking persons neural activity. Little is known about their function, but it is clear that delta activity during sleep is essential for human well-being.

Monday 8 February 2021

Back in Cairo

Members of the Norrköping Air team travel to Cairo February 11 – March 2. They are undertaking research for the upcoming project “Local Role Models” which brings together artists from Sweden, Syria, Morocco and Egypt. Together they will reflect on how local heroes in the communities in the three countries can inspire new ideas of creativity in the arts and in activism. The residency in Egypt will help the organisers to get a clearer idea about how to work in the most efficient ways.