Vannstand by Maja S.K. Ratkje

Vannstand is a continuing development project and a tribute to the slowly changing water levels along the Norwegian coast - created by composer Maja S.K. Ratkje and local children as musicians. The result is a sound installation based on children's interpretations of charts of water level measurements.

The life-giving sea has been the basis for growth and development, and now human influence is changing the seemingly eternal cycle along the Norwegian coast. In Vannstand children are given the opportunity to reflect and respond musically to this issue. Ratkje uses local water level measurements to create graphic scores, which in turn are interpreted musically by children.

Only Connect 2015 - The Opera
The first part of Vannstand was a sound installation presented at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet on the opening day of Only Connect 2015. Musicians were children from Tøyen school in Oslo. 

Vannstand tour 2015/2016
Maja S.K. Ratkje's Only Connect installation is brought to Teknisk museum in Oslo and the climate festival Klimafestivalen at the opera house. The composer will also be working with new Vannstand projects in Stavanger and Bergen. 

Maja S.K. Ratkje is an internationally renowned composer and performer. She works with everything from orchestral music to performance, installations and free improvisation with groups such as SPUNK. Her music is being performed by Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain og all the Norwegian symphonic orchestras, among others. She has also composed opera for babies and large electronic pieces.

Supported by Norsk kulturråd, Kunstløftet. The Oslo version is a collaboration with The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, AKS Tøyen skole and Oslo musikk- og kulturskole.

Foto: Ann Kristin Traaen / nyMusikk.