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«0» / «AA11XXX» feat. Microtub

Book launch and performance
Friday 11.11.22
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Welcome to the launch of the book "0", a monograph which presents a comprehensive insight into Lene Baadsvig Ørmens practice and work and celebrates the formation of her career. During the launch will "AA11XXX", one of the featured works in the book, merge with a live performance by the microtonal tuba trio Microtub.

About the book

The book "0" is published in collaboration with Hordaland Kunstsenter (editor Mathijs Van Geest) and Indrek Sirkel, who runs Lugemik Publishing in Tallinn. Exploring Lene’s strong anthropological interest – the publication invites us to think about the conceptions we have about the natural and the artificial, established belief systems and about the relationship between animals and humans as they have played out in different cultures and throughout history. Through a wide range of images, the almost sculptural monograph unveils the artist’s works and exhibitions in dialogue with newly commissioned texts and dialogues by Jan Verwoert, Milena Høgsberg, Leah Beeferman, Ki Nurmenniemi and Cecilie Løveid. The book is financed by Kulturrådet and NBK.


Mathijs Van Geest is an artist and curator based in Bergen, Norway. Since 2018 he is director of Hordaland Kunstsenter, a regional resource center for contemporary art.

Jan Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory. He is a contributing editor of Frieze magazine and his writing has appeared in different journals, anthologies and monographs. He teaches at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam and the Appel curatorial program, Amsterdam.

Milena Høgsberg is a Danish-American curator, institutional leader and writer based in Copenhagen. Currently she is Director and Chief Curator of Wanås Konst. From 2011-2017 she was Chief Curator and Head of the Curatorial Department and Collections at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway.

Leah Beeferman is a visual artist based in the U.S. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at Brown University and a critic at Rhode Island School of Design.

Ki Nurmenniemi is a Helsinki-based. Curator of contemporary art, art writer, and a doctoral researcher in interdisciplinary sustainability sciences. Ki also shares a creative practice with artist Tuomas A. Laitinen, under the name Myriagon (est.20118).

Cecilie Løveid is a playwright, author and lyricist based in Bergen. She has published a number of novels, children's books, poems, television dramas, stage dramas and radio plays, as well as texts for performance, opera and dance shows. She has received the Ibsen prize three times, as well as a number of other literary awards. Løveid has been published by Kolon Forlag since 1999.

About the performance

The installation «AA11XXX» consists of three aluminum sculptures and a soundpiece made in collaboration with composer and tuba player Peder Simonsen. It was first presented during Coast Contemporary in 2020 inside the monastery ruins at Hovedøya. The sound originates from the recordings of an aluminum plate, similar to those used for the sculptures, and the frequencies we hear are all harmonies numerically related to the fundamental tone from this. The three sculptures figure as resonance chambers where the materiality of each individual helps to determine both the tonal starting point and the selected frequencies which are emphasized. Loudspeakers are placed inside the sculptures and create an auditory web of vibrations invisibly connecting the three sculpture.


Lene Baadsvig Ørmen (b. 1984) lives and works in Oslo. Solo exhibitions include: Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (2020), Billedhoggerforeningen, Oslo (2019), Gallery Augusta, Helsinki (2016), Kunstnerforbundet (2016), UKS (2015), Kunsthall Stavanger (2015), and Another Space, Copenhagen (2014). A selection of group exhibitions 2016-2022 includes: Hermetiske skyggers parallellement, in Oslo, Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger, Fiskars Village Art Biennale, Finland, Akershus Kunstsenter, Galereie Mikael Andersen, in Copenhagen, QB gallery in Oslo, Kunsthall Oslo, Viborg Kunsthall, the Drawing Biennial at Tegnerforbundet and Autocenter, in Berlin. She has also participated in residency programs at HIAP, in Helsinki (2017) and Residency Unlimited, in New York (2015). Ørmen’s work is represented in private and public collections, including the National Museum, the Norwegian Parliament, KORO and Oslo Municipality.

Microtub is the world's first microtonal tuba trio. The ensemble came together in 2010 and consists of Robin Hayward, Peder Simonsen and Martin Taxt. The core of the ensemble's work is an interest in time, space and frequencies. The microtonal tubas the ensemble plays on were developed by Robin Hayward in collaboration with the renowned instrument maker B&S. With these tubas, Microtub explores the possibilities of the microtonal voicing system known as 'Just Intonation'. Microtub has released five albums and performed its music at festivals such as Sonic Acts in Amsterdam, Ultima in Oslo, Festival Densites in France and FIMAV in Canada.

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