For the Hannah Ryggen exhibition Weaving the world at The National Gallery, nyMusikk presents a concert series in cooperation with The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, autumn 2015. With asamisimasa (30 August), Jessica Sligter & Susanna (6 September) and Mika Vainio (4 October).
Electronic music and the art of textile share many traits such as machinic repetition, processes of layering and textural development. In a rare encounter between electronic abstract music and the art of tapestry, the music virtuoso Mika Vainio has composed a new composition called Trollklangveggen based on Hannah Ryggen’s work Trollveggen.
Mika Vainio, currently based in Berlin, was one half of the renowned minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic from Finland. His solo works, under his own name and under aliases such as Ø, are known for their low bass, analogue warmth and roughness. Be it abstract drone works or minimal avant techno, Vainio is always creating unique, physical sounds. He has released records on labels like Editions Mego, Touch, Wavetrap and Sähkö and he has been collaborating with Alan Vega of Suicide, Keiji Haino, Chicks on Speed and Stephen O'Malley among others.
Weaving the world
Hannah Ryggen (1894–1970) is one of the most significant Scandinavian artists of the twentieth century. Her tapestries are visual responses to major and minor events, conflicts and processes. She captured the world in her weaving. In the early 1930s, she addressed fascism and the destructive consequences of Nazi power. Violence and abuse are visualised in an idiom reminiscent of modern, critical history painting. Her narrative drive goes hand in hand with a free accentuation of abstract patterns, shapes and colours.
The exhibition echoes a broad renewal of interest in Ryggen’s figurative and highly captivating modernism internationally. It is produced in collaboration with the Moderna Museet in Malmö.