27 & 28 April 2019

Oslo Opens Reference group
Astrup Fearnley Museum for Moderne Art
Atelier Nord
Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (BOA)
Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)
Kunstnernes Hus
The National Museum of Art, Archtecture and Design
Norsk Billedhoggerforening (NBF)
Norske Kunsthåndverkere Oslo og Akershus (NKOA)
Norsk senter for teknologi i musikk og kunst (NOTAM)
Norske tekstilkuntnere/SOFT
Tegnerforbundet (TF)
Young Artists Society (UKS)

Norwegian Crafts

Supported by
Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Arts Council Norway
City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Flø, Asbjørn Blokkum

Sound art

Asbjørn Blokkum Flø has through a number of installations worked out an artistic practice where timbral and ontological topics are examined in parallel. The works treat sound as both communication and abstract material at the same time, and in previous works both objects from music history as well as social spaces have been examined. In the installation Ragnarok (National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Kaliningrad, Russia; Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, 2011), Wagner’s 15-hour opera Der Ring des Nibelungen was compressed into a one second long elementary particle of music history, while the installation Doppelgänger (Bergen kunsthall, 2014) mirrored communicational structures in metal objects. These works operates within a critical sound art tradition, but Flø’s works are more often sensuous and immediate, than controlled and theoretical.

Doppelgänger (2014), sound installation, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway.
Vardøger (2017), sketch for sound installation, work in progress. Metal objects and electronics.
Performance of Arne Nordheims music at the rotunda of the Museum Friedericianum during dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012.
Ragnarok (2011), sound installation, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Kaliningrad, Russia.

Planned projects and exhibitions

2018 Vardøger, solo exhibition at Lydgalleriet sound art gallery, Bergen, Norway.
2017 Putida latrina, Album release.
2017 “Creative Techniques in Doppelgänger” (Article).
2017 “Aesthetics of Doppelgänger” (Article).


Asbjørn Blokkum Flø (1973) is born in Volda and lives in Oslo.

2004-2006 Diploma in composition, The Norwegian Academy of Music
1992-1999 Bachelor in composition and organ, The Norwegian Academy of Music

Selected exhibitions:
2018 Vardøger, Lydgalleriet, Bergen
2014 Doppelgänger, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen
2011 Ragnarok, NCCA (National Centre For Contemporary Art), Kaliningrad, Russia
2011 Ragnarok, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Ultima, Oslo contemporary music festival
2010 Everyday filter, Grønland kammermusikkfestival
2004 Soundtracks, Norsk Form, Ultima, Oslo contemporary music festival
2002 Norway Remixed, Oslo central station, Rom for kunst, Ultima, Oslo contemporary music festival
2004 Erotogod, DEAF, (Dutch Electronic Arts festival) Rotterdam, Nederland
2004 Erotogod, Atelier Nord, Oslo
2001 Erotogod, Henie-Onstad Art Centre, Ultima, Oslo contemporary music festival
2000 Spranget, The National Theatre, The Ibsen festival, Oslo
1999 Spranget, Kunstnernes hus, Oslo

Other selected projects:
2016-17 Vardøger, new installation.
2015 Dobbeltgjenger, article and presentation, ICMC, Denton, USA.
2015 Dobbeltgjenger, article and presentation, NIME, Baton Rouge, USA.
2014 Analogique, world premiere, Ekko, Bergen
2012 Stay at the Centre for Research in New Music, University of Huddersfield, UK
2012 Daily performances of Arne Nordheims work Vevnad, during the first week of documenta XIII, Kassel, Tyskland
2012 Reunion, new work with group Skrr, Ultima, Oslo contemporary music festival
2011 Materiaal og Textuur, elektronic compositions
2007 Ciaccona, electronic miniature, commissioned by Ny Musikk
2005 Istanbul, radiophonic work, Prix Italia, commissioned by NRK
2003 trees which from dropped, leaf. World premiere by Trondheim Sinfonietta
2003 Norway remixed II, Ars Acustica, commissioned by NRK
2003-2007 Earbitten I-III, electronic work, Ultima 2003, BEK 2006, The Norwegian Academy of Music 2007
2002 Ritratto di Cittá, electronic work, commissioned by Ny Musikk’s composers group
2000/2011 I Guess I’ll Have To Dream The Rest, piano solo
2000 The fall for saxophone, double bass and accordion. Commissioned by trio Poing
2000 Skutt i hagestolen, theatre music

Selected publications:
2017 The sound art of Harry Bertoia, Ballade.
2017 Once you enter the world of Bertoia you don’t want to leave, The Formant.
2016 Time, timbre and text, Chopin institute, Warsaw.
2015 The Intrinsic Value of Timbre in Doppelgänger, ICMC, USA.
2015 Doppelgänger, A solenoid-based large-scale sound installation, NIME, USA.
2014 Når klang tas fra hverandre. Lydskrift nr. 1 2014
2014 30 år i elektronisk kunst. www.ballade.no 2014
2013 Minnebobler – en introduksjon til Arne Nordheims elektroniske musikk, book chapter, Henie-Onstad Art Centre
2012 Memorabler – Arne Nordheim’s electronic music. Lydskrift nr. 1 2012
2008 A higher order. Three articles on the electronic music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. NOTAM

2012 Studio Residency at the Spatialisation and Interactive Research lab (SPIRAL), Centre for Research in New Music, University of Huddersfield, UK.
2001-2002 Studio Residency at the electronic music studio of the Technical University of Berlin, communication studies department.

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