Machine Dreams 5. - 8. juni
Nils Henrik Asheim and Alf Terje Hana have composed a piece for a ‘machine’ consisting of 50 guitarists, all aged between 13–19. Within the huge ensemble, ‘components’, or players, create individual functions, from hovering drones to pulsing rhythms, building to unexpected outcomes. Guitar Machine is a free concert performed in a temporary architectural structure called Transformer, which can itself be seen as a machine for altering and redefining public space.
Nils Henrik Asheim is a prolific composer and performer. His output includes theatrical, vocal and instrumental music as well as site-specific installations. Asheim is known as an innovative improvisor on church organ and has twice been awarded a Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannsprisen).
Alf Terje Hana is a composer and guitarist whose groups include Wasaband, Timebeat and Athana, where he blends guitar sounds with electronics, fuelled by inspiration from great painters and nature. He has also played with Sidsel Endresen, Eivind Aarset, Mungolian Jetset, as well as ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland and The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.
Transformer was developed as part of Rom for Kunst og Arkitektur by Vigdis Storsveen and Rintala Eggertson Architects. In 2011 it won Norsk Kulturråd’s ideas competition, Kunstarena for de unge (Young people’s art arenas) to transform unused public spaces of Oslo into performative zones.