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)

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 in installations such as Doppelgänger (Bergen kunsthall, 2014) and Electric Rain (Atelier Nord 2018), the materiality of sound and the intrinsic value of timbre is central. These works operates within a critical sound art tradition, but Flø’s works are more often sensuous and immediate, than controlled and theoretical.

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Asbjørn Blokkum Flø, Electric Rain (2018), sound art, Atelier Nord
Asbjørn Blokkum Flø, Doppelgänger (2014), sound art, Bergen Kunsthall
Asbjørn Blokkum Flø, Ragnarok (2011), sound art, NCCA (National Centre For Contemporary Art), Kaliningrad, Russia
Asbjørn Blokkum Flø, Work space (2013), sound art, The National Museum - Architecture and Oslo Open.

Planned projects and exhibitions

2019: Vardøger, new exhibition, Bergen
2019: “Compositional structures in Doppelgänger” (publication).
2019: Release of the album Putridum Latrina.


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

2004-2006 Diploma in composition, The Norwegian Academy of Music
2001-2002 Stay at the Technische Universität Berlin, Kommunikationswissenschaft, Elektronisches Studio
1992-1999 Bachelor in composition and organ, The Norwegian Academy of Music

Selected exhibitions:
2019 Vardøger, new exhibition, Bergen
2018 Electric rain, Atelier Nord, Oslo
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:
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:
2018 Materiality in Sound Art. Organised Sound, Cambridge University Press, UK.
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

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