Artistic research project carried out under the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, a parallel programme to academic PhD at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2013-2017).

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Artistic research project Rhythms Of Presence focuses its attention on the (in)visible manifestations of bodily presence as an acoustical and temporal  phenomenon.

Through the process of capturing the rhythms of everyday steps or listening to an ambiance of a place in order to re-articulate and displace them in various ways, this project explores the poetic, aesthetic and philosophical potentialities of the omnipresent infra-ordinary rhythms of everyday life.

Bringing these rhythms to the fore in the settings of several rhythmical, sonic and spatial situations, hybrid places of intersection between presence and absence, concrete and abstract, here and somewhere else are established. This in order to explore how these re-articulations might manifest presence beyond the directness of visuality and vicinity, and further, what kind of new poetics they might form.

Hearing human bodily presence from non-human point of listening

The project Rhythms Of Presence is focusing its attention on listening to the unfamiliar within the familiar, to the inaudible within the audible, to the hidden in plain sight, as it is focusing on human bodily presence that manifests besides and outside of subjectivity, sociality, identity and meaning, as a rhythmical expression. In so doing one could say that the project engages in listening to the human bodily presence from a non-human point of listening. Through such procedure the project uncovers the otherness that is embedded and hidden within the self, suggesting that this hidden otherness might be something that we all share.

Articulated as a series of rhythmical, sonic and spatial situations, this suggestion presents itself as a possibility for reconfiguring the relations between the self, the other and the world that are not being defined by the processes of classification, signification and representation of the other, but that are rather acted out as relations of ‘being with’ and of ‘passing by’ the other.

Artistic manifestations of  this research include several works:

Rhythms Of Presence, Reading stanley brouwn,

With a Passerby, Heredrum, Unheard.

These are accompanied by written reflection exploring the conceptual and philosophical territories and possibilities that are being activated in the artistic works.