Echolocations

2019 - In Performances

Echolocations Echolocation – a reading by Nickel van Duijvenboden & Marie Nerland
In the context of Katja Mater’s Dear Sides

P/////AKT
Platform for contemporary art
Zeeburgerpad 53
1019 AB Amsterdam

Sunday 13 October, 17:30

Program:
17:00 Doors + bar open
17:30 Start performance
18:00 Drinks
19:00 End
– Free entrance –

Through sounds and speech, Nickel van Duijvenboden and Marie Nerland want to introduce a vocal and acoustic element in Katja Mater’s exhibition. Though silent, her installation is not exactly without sound. In addition to the distinctive rattle of projectors, her acts of writing and use of light and layering seem to hint at processes of internal speech and hearing, subvocalisation and synesthesia. Meanwhile, the partitioning of the space into odd-shaped rooms lends itself for an echolocation.

The mirrored texts and their dyslexic overtones call to mind questions of notation vis-a-vis auditive internalization, not only in understanding text but also in music. There are multiple ways of understanding, and one is not privileged over the other. Both sensibilities are equally subtle, equally intellectual.

Marie Nerland and Nickel van Duijvenboden have collaborated before on two performance projects, Signposts at Hordaland Kunstsenter in Bergen (2018) and Signposts Tromsø at Small Projects in Tromsø (2019), both involving silent pedestrian drifts punctuated by parts from correspondences that they read aloud. In these works, letter-writing plays a role both as an echoing device and a form of monologue.

Marie Nerland is an artist and a curator. She has been working with different collaborative performance-based projects. One of her most recent projects was a lecture performance at Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall. In 2008 she founded Volt, a long-term curatorial initiative that commissions and presents new projects by contemporary artists in Bergen. http://www.marienerland.no

Nickel van Duijvenboden has been active as a writer, visual artist and most lately as a singer. His preoccupation with the written correspondence and the discovery of voice have destabilized his relationship with art. He is currently finishing a project called Post, consisting of an artist’s book, a record and a film, which details this process. At P/////AKT in 2017, Nickel collaborated with Gwenneth Boelens on a spatial sound installation called Echolocation: Nocturne. http://www.nickelvd.nl


Link to P////AKTs webpage
Photo credit: Valeria Marchesini / P////AKT

Signposts Tromsø

2019 - In Performances

Signposts Tromsø Nickel van Duijvenboden & Marie Nerland

Small Projects, Grønnegata 23, 9008 Tromsø
Saturday, 21 September 2019 at 14:00

A reading, a reflective walk, a quiet drift, a correspondence, a playful pedestrian exploration… how do walking a distance, writing letters and (not) speaking interrelate? Starting from Small Projects, Nickel van Duijvenboden and Marie Nerland will lead the way on a shared walk. En route, certain sites and their specificity will serve as cues to read portions of text that were drawn into their exchange on the topic of walking and writing, with the aim of exploring a sense in which correspondence can be approached as a ‘conversation with ghosts’.

I once spoke to someone about the activity of exchanging letters as a means of measuring distance. There’s the distance implied by posting a piece of mail, the amount of time it takes, the stamps and traces and creases it collects along the way; in other words, the physical distance. But there is also the distance of minds, which may in fact be so aligned as to cancel any physical distance. Letters trace the incompatibility of thought. This is all about the question, to what extent do you and I differ – are we ‘of one mind’? – but also to what extent the you that I am conjuring in my writing differs from the real you, and in what sense the writer of the letters is of a piece with me. It is perhaps in this sense that exchanging letters is like a conversation with ghosts.

Rebecca Solnit writes in her book Wanderlust that walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a chord. That the mind is a landscape as such – and walking is one way to traverse it.’

After starting at Small Projects, the walk itself will take approximately 1 hour.

Nickel van Duijvenboden has been active as a writer, a visual artist and most lately as a singer. His long-standing preoccupation with the written correspondence and the discovery of voice have disrupted his relationship with art. He is currently finishing a project called Post, which consists of an artist’s book, a record and a film, and which details this process. http://www.nickelvd.nl

Marie Nerland is an artist and a curator. She has been working with different collaborative performance-based projects, of her most recent projects was a lecture performance at Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall. In 2008 she founded Volt, a long-term curatorial initiative that commissions and presents new projects by contemporary artists in Bergen. http://www.marienerland.no

An earlier iteration of the project took place at the Hordaland Kunstsenter in Bergen last year.
The project is supported by The Mondriaan Fund.

Photo credit: Yohannes Mulat Mekonnen & Marion Bouvier / Small Projects


Signposts

2018 - In Performances

Signposts Signposts
Nickel van Duijvenboden & Marie Nerland

Archipelago
Hordaland kunstsenter
Saturday 23 of June 2018 at 14.00


Small signposts, knee-high and easy to miss, were the only indication of a long-distance trail intersecting the main road. The trail, slightly sunken and just wide enough to place one foot in front of the other, cut across private land in both directions … When the fence stopped, his last point of reference fell away. There was no way of telling if he would start the ascent within minutes or after an hour. Each step prolonged the distance lying ahead. That sense of deferral was intoxicating. Time was condensed, as if a single frame of film had become stuck in the projector without breaking the illusion of motion. This sensation went beyond one’s exact whereabouts and the act of lifting one’s feet. It was as though all walks one had ever made were compressed into one walk, this walk. And it happened every time.*

Marie Nerland invited Nickel van Duijvenboden to mutually reflect on the topic of walking. This labour of reflection and correspondence has resulted in a project for Archipelago at Hordaland kunstsenter, which invites an audience to participate in a reflective walk, a quiet drift, a playful pedestrian exploration of urban space, using certain markers to read portions of text that were drawn into their exchange on the topic of walking.

Nickel van Duijvenboden is an artist preoccupied with the writerly. His work has
taken the form of printed matter, spatial installations, sound pieces, musical
performances and readings. Written correspondences occupy a pivotal role, both as a writing mode and as a productive metaphor, summoning matters of intimacy, animosity, improvisation, rhythm, handwriting, postal systems, hiatuses, and ghosts. Recent activities include exhibitions at P/////AKT, Amsterdam and A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam; as well as performances during Dark Ecology in Kirkenes and DNK Days in Amsterdam. Nickel lives in Amsterdam.
http://www.nickelvd.nl

The walk will take approximately two hours.
The project has received funding from City of Bergen.

* Words taken from a discontinued desert novel by Nickel van Duijvenboden

Looking up into the sky

2017 - In Performances

Looking up into the sky A lecture performance

Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall
18 May 2017 at 8 pm
Free entrance

On time, gravity, and dark matter; darkness, artificial light, and science fiction(s);
the sense that each sentence is a ray of light and that everything we are and everything on earth is (of) stardust.

The project has received funding from City of Bergen.
Link to Landmark's webpage

Notes on Utopia, Zagreb

2015 - In Performances

Notes on Utopia, Zagreb Notes on Utopia

Alexander Gerner, Marie Nerland, Ligia Soares

9 September 2015
Pogon, in collaboration with Tala Dance Center
Zagreb

Notes on Utopia is a performance which builds a situation for reflecting on contemporary utopia, on public space and on utopian thoughts in art and life. Passing from climbing stairs, to looking at the ceiling or meeting the audience seated at a table, this performance approaches utopia through various modes of dealing with imaginary spaces and times.

Previous versions of the performance have been presented in Lisbon and Bergen. Gerner, Nerland and Soares have previously collaborated on the performances Endings for Berlin at Bekarei, Berlin (2006), Let’s do endings again at Lydgalleriet in Bergen (2007) and Endings for Oslo at Black Box Teater/UKS in Oslo (2007).

Alexander Gerner is a German playwright, theatre director and a researcher in Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences, based in Lisbon. He is a member of the Centre for Philosophy of Science at the University of Lisbon (CFCUL) and holds a PhD on ”Philosophical Investigations of Attention“ (2012). At the moment he is head of the CFCUL thematic research line ”Philosophy of Human Technologies” and a Post-Doc Researcher at the CFCUL on the topic of ”Philosophy of Cognitive Enhancement” with an FCT research grant. He investigates how technologies constitute, magnify, amplify human experiences, but can also enslave or put human experience and life at risk. He explores questions raised by human, cognitive, virtual and social ”enhancements” and critically envisions social or individual utopias (Bostrom, Kurzweil etc.) of human experience and their transformation that challenge policymakers and the public in general today or have to be prepared for in the near future. From 2015 onwards Gerner approaches the outreach of scientific and philosophical debates into public space on the (u-)topia of Human Enhancement in extended (artistic) ”peer reviews” such as by this new edition of the Notes on Utopia performance project.
http://cognitiveenhancement.weebly.com/

Marie Nerland is an artist and curator based in Bergen, Norway. She holds a master in theatre studies from the University of Bergen and in creative curatorial practice from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. She has been working with performance since 1999 in different collaborative projects. She was co-editor of the performing arts magazine 3t (1997-2007) and the Norwegian Art Yearbook (Pax Forlag, 2010-2013). In 2008, she founded Volt, a curatorial project for contemporary art based in Bergen. http://www.v-o-l-t.no

Lígia P. Soares is a Portuguese choreographer and playwright working in the field of performative arts. She started her work in 1997 with Companhia de Teatro Sensurround in Lisbon. Since 2001 she created more then 20 pieces a solo or in collaboration. Her work has been developed and presented both nationally and internationally. From 2004 to 2006 she was artist in residency at TanzFabrik in Berlin. She took part in several programs of contemporary dance and artistic residencies in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Danceweb, PRACTICE (UferStudios), Fabrik Potsdam, Point-Éphémère, Centre National de la Danse, Alkantara, Nomad Lab Dance Academy, Guimarães 2012 among others. She is co-director of Máquina Agradável (Lisbon) since 2001 and co-mentor of the program “Demimonde” since 2011. http://www.maquinaagradavel.com

The presentation of the performance in Ljubljana, Maribor and Zagreb is funded by Arts Council Norway. Notes on Utopia was made with support from Bergen center for electronic art, Arts Council Norway and City of Bergen. Alexander Gerners (CFCUL) research is supported by a FCT grant SFRH/BPD/90360/2012.

Notes on Utopia, Maribor

2015 - In Performances

Notes on Utopia, Maribor Notes on Utopia

Alexander Gerner, Marie Nerland, Ligia Soares


4 September 2015
Tkalka

Performa & Platforma
Maribor

Notes on Utopia is a performance which builds a situation for reflecting on contemporary utopia, on public space and on utopian thoughts in art and life. Passing from climbing stairs, to looking at the ceiling or meeting the audience seated at a table, this performance approaches utopia through various modes of dealing with imaginary spaces and times.

Previous versions of the performance have been presented in Lisbon and Bergen. Gerner, Nerland and Soares have previously collaborated on the performances Endings for Berlin at Bekarei, Berlin (2006), Let’s do endings again at Lydgalleriet in Bergen (2007) and Endings for Oslo at Black Box Teater/UKS in Oslo (2007).

Alexander Gerner is a German playwright, theatre director and a researcher in Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences, based in Lisbon. He is a member of the Centre for Philosophy of Science at the University of Lisbon (CFCUL) and holds a PhD on „Philosophical Investigations of Attention“ (2012). At the moment he is head of the CFCUL thematic research line ”Philosophy of Human Technologies” and a Post-Doc Researcher at the CFCUL on the topic of ”Philosophy of Cognitive Enhancement” with an FCT research grant. He investigates how technologies constitute, magnify, amplify human experiences, but can also enslave or put human experience and life at risk. He explores questions raised by human, cognitive, virtual and social ”enhancements” and critically envisions social or individual utopias (Bostrom, Kurzweil etc.) of human experience and their transformation that challenge policymakers and the public in general today or have to be prepared for in the near future. From 2015 onwards Gerner approaches the outreach of scientific and philosophical debates into public space on the (u-)topia of Human Enhancement in extended (artistic) ”peer reviews” such as by this new edition of the Notes on Utopia performance project. http://cognitiveenhancement.weebly.com/

Marie Nerland is an artist and curator based in Bergen, Norway. She holds a master in theatre studies from the University of Bergen and in creative curatorial practice from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. She has been working with performance since 1999 in different collaborative projects. She was co-editor of the performing arts magazine 3t (1997-2007) and the Norwegian Art Yearbook (Pax Forlag, 2010-2013). In 2008, she founded Volt, a curatorial project for contemporary art based in Bergen. http://www.v-o-l-t.no

Lígia P. Soares is a Portuguese choreographer and playwright working in the field of performative arts. She started her work in 1997 with Companhia de Teatro Sensurround in Lisbon. Since 2001 she created more then 20 pieces a solo or in collaboration. Her work has been developed and presented both nationally and internationally. From 2004 to 2006 she was artist in residency at TanzFabrik in Berlin. She took part in several programs of contemporary dance and artistic residencies in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Danceweb, PRACTICE (UferStudios), Fabrik Potsdam, Point-Éphémère, Centre National de la Danse, Alkantara, Nomad Lab Dance Academy, Guimarães 2012 among others. She is co-director of Máquina Agradável (Lisbon) since 2001 and co-mentor of the program “Demimonde” since 2011. http://www.maquinaagradavel.com

The presentation of the performance in Ljubljana, Maribor and Zagreb is funded by Arts Council Norway. Notes on Utopia was made with support from Bergen center for electronic art, Arts Council Norway and City of Bergen. Alexander Gerners (CFCUL) research is supported by a FCT grant SFRH/BPD/90360/2012.

http://www.platforma.plesnaizba.si/en/events/notes-on-utopia/
Photos: http://www.platforma.plesnaizba.si/foto-galerija/zapiski-o-utopiji-foto/

Photos: Performa, Sasa Huzjak

Notes on Utopia, Ljubljana

2015 - In Performances

Notes on Utopia, Ljubljana Notes on Utopia

Alexander Gerner, Marie Nerland, Ligia Soares

6 September 2015
Kino Šiška
Ljubljana


Notes on Utopia is a performance which builds a situation for reflecting on contemporary utopia, on public space and on utopian thoughts in art and life. Passing from climbing stairs, to looking at the ceiling or meeting the audience seated at a table, this performance approaches utopia through various modes of dealing with imaginary spaces and times.

Previous versions of the performance have been presented in Lisbon and Bergen. Gerner, Nerland and Soares have previously collaborated on the performances Endings for Berlin at Bekarei, Berlin (2006), Let’s do endings again at Lydgalleriet in Bergen (2007) and Endings for Oslo at Black Box Teater/UKS in Oslo (2007).

Alexander Gerner is a German playwright, theatre director and a researcher in Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences, based in Lisbon. He is a member of the Centre for Philosophy of Science at the University of Lisbon (CFCUL) and holds a PhD on „Philosophical Investigations of Attention“ (2012). At the moment he is head of the CFCUL thematic research line ”Philosophy of Human Technologies” and a Post-Doc Researcher at the CFCUL on the topic of ”Philosophy of Cognitive Enhancement” with an FCT research grant. He investigates how technologies constitute, magnify, amplify human experiences, but can also enslave or put human experience and life at risk. He explores questions raised by human, cognitive, virtual and social ”enhancements” and critically envisions social or individual utopias (Bostrom, Kurzweil etc.) of human experience and their transformation that challenge policymakers and the public in general today or have to be prepared for in the near future. From 2015 onwards Gerner approaches the outreach of scientific and philosophical debates into public space on the (u-)topia of Human Enhancement in extended (artistic) ”peer reviews” such as by this new edition of the Notes on Utopia performance project.
http://cognitiveenhancement.weebly.com

Marie Nerland is an artist and curator based in Bergen, Norway. She holds a master in theatre studies from the University of Bergen and in creative curatorial practice from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. She has been working with performance since 1999 in different collaborative projects. She was co-editor of the performing arts magazine 3t (1997-2007) and the Norwegian Art Yearbook (Pax Forlag, 2010-2014). In 2008, she founded Volt, a curatorial project for contemporary art based in Bergen. http://www.v-o-l-t.no

Lígia P. Soares is a Portuguese choreographer and playwright working in the field of performative arts. She started her work in 1997 with Companhia de Teatro Sensurround in Lisbon. Since 2001 she created more then 20 pieces a solo or in collaboration. Her work has been developed and presented both nationally and internationally. From 2004 to 2006 she was artist in residency at TanzFabrik in Berlin. She took part in several programs of contemporary dance and artistic residencies in Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Danceweb, PRACTICE (UferStudios), Fabrik Potsdam, Point-Éphémère, Centre National de la Danse, Alkantara, Nomad Lab Dance Academy, Guimarães 2012 among others. She is co-director of Máquina Agradável (Lisbon) since 2001 and co-mentor of the program “Demimonde” since 2011. http://www.maquinaagradavel.com

The presentation of the performance in Ljubljana, Maribor and Zagreb is funded by Arts Council Norway. Notes on Utopia was made with support from Bergen center for electronic art, Arts Council Norway and City of Bergen. Alexander Gerners (CFCUL) research is supported by a FCT grant SFRH/BPD/90360/2012.

http://www.kinosiska.si/en/theatre-dance/notes-on-utopia-2

Photos: Kino Šiška, Polona Erzen

Leseprøve for voksne

2015 - In Performances

Leseprøve for voksne

Notes on Utopia, Bergen

2012 - In Performances

Notes on Utopia, Bergen

Kong Oidipus

2012 - In Performances

Notes on Utopia, Lisbon

2011 - In Performances

Notes on Utopia, Lisbon Alexander Gerner, Marie Nerland, Ligia Soares

Atelier Concorde
Rua Leite Vasconcelos 43A,
1170-198 Lisboa

15 - 17th of August 2011 18.00 - 22.00
Free entrance & gazpacho

Notes on Utopia is a performance installation and a space for reflecting on contemporary utopia, on public space and on utopian thoughts in art.
Gerner, Nerland and Soares have previously collaborated on the performances Endings for Berlin in a cafe in Berlin (2006), Let's Do Endings Again at Lydgalleriet in Bergen (2007) and Endings for Oslo at Black Box Teater/UKS in Oslo (2007).

Alexander Gerner is an artist, theatre director based in Lisbon and a member of the Centre of Philosophy of Science at the University of Lisbon. His research is on topics of aesthetic experience in science, cinema and art. He is co-editor of the interdisciplinary ”Studies in Diagrammatology and Diagram Praxis” (London 2010). In 2010 he presented a performance related to the topic of utopia: He who does not work shall not eat. He writes on art, politics and science on his blog: http://jacarandascienceandart.blogspot.com/

Marie Nerland is an artist and curator based in Bergen, Norway. She has been working with performance since 1999 in different collaborative
projects. In 2008, she founded Volt, a curatorial project for contemporary art based in Bergen. She is co-editor of the Norwegian Art Year Book 2011 and editor of the anthology 25 with essays on contemporary art. She was co-editor of the Norwegian journal for performance and contemporary art 3t from1997-2007.

Ligia Soares is a portuguese artist working in the fields of dance, theatre and performance since 2000. She has been engaged in several national and international projects where she could investigate on the creation of characters fragmented by the inconsistencies of discourse towards action.

http://atelierconcorde.org/

The project is funded by Arts Council Norway and City of Bergen.
Poster: Yokoland

Endings for Oslo

2007 - In Performances

Alexander Gerner, Marie Nerland, Ligia P. Soares

1 November 2007
Black Box Teater, Oslo

Endings is an ongoing performance - and collaborative project where the three artists meet and work together in different cities. These meetings ends in each place in a performance that explores the theme of "endings" and the city / locality where the performance takes place. Earlier versions have been Endings for Bergen in an artist studio, Endings for Lisbon in a closed down bookstore, Endings for Aberystwyth at the Center for Performance Research in Wales, Endings for Berlin in a newly opened bakery and Let's do Endings again at Lydgalleriet in Bergen.

With Endings the artists tries out different approaches on how to invite the audience into the room and interact with them. Thematically, they work with the fluent transition between different forms of endings and different ways of thinking what on what it can mean to finish something.

The performance is part of Black Box Theatre and UKS festival Performance Program 07 and is funded by Arts Council Norway.


Let’s Do Endings Again

2007 - In Performances

Let’s Do Endings Again Alexander Gerner, Marie Nerland, Ligia P. Soares

10 February 2007 at 11.00

Lydgalleriet
Østre Skostredet 3
Bergen

Endings for Berlin

2006 - In Performances

Endings for Berlin Alexander Gerner, Marie Nerland, Ligia P. Soares

8 December 2006 at 21.00
Bekarei
Dunckerstraße 23, 10437 Berlin

Endings for Aberyswyth

2006 - In Performances

Endings for Aberyswyth

Endings for Lisbon

2006 - In Performances

Endings for Lisbon

What keeps you awake

2004 - In Performances

What keeps you awake

Fall

2003 - In Performances

Fall

24 Songs

2002 - In Performances

DISPLAY + MALE:FEMALE + MEINUNGSBILDUNGSINSTITUT


Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall
24 April 2002


The project was a collaboration with the performance group meinungsbildungsinstitut (Germany) which was established in 2001 by Christina Hänsel and Andre Eiermann from Giessen and the band male:female which consists of Jan Christian Thommesen, Sindre Holme and Håvard Pedersen.
The performance was based on live music, video, text and actions. The texts existed of 24 songs based on a 2002 version of the Odyssee and the theme of travelling. The performance maintained a complicated structure, where each song was connected to changes in video, sound and light. The performance was webcast live over the internet on Landmarks' website. Webcameras were used as an integral part of the performance and we sent postcards to the webcamera through a pulley system.


The project was co-prodused by BEK, Bergen Centre for Electronic Art and financially supported by City of Bergen.

Lost highlights

2001 - In Performances

Lost highlights