ARm #2 (2023)


Marte Aas (artist and filmmaker) and Anders Kvellestad (physicist), Margrethe Pettersen (artist) and Robel Temesgen (artist), Torgeir Vassvik (musician), Izabela Żółcińska (artist) and Simon Hasselø Kline (marine biologist), Sakib Saboor (photographer) and Academy for Rhythm Morphology's initiators Arjen Mulder (author), Hilde Methi (curator) and Signe Lidén (artist).

ARm #1 (2022)


Photo: Peeter Laurits

Marte Aas is a photographer and filmmaker living in Oslo. Her main area of interest is the intersection between contemporary image culture, history, technology and landscape. Her work attempts to address underlying structures and gestures that form political and ideological narratives. The different subjects of interest visualizes in the form of films, photographs and installations, folding them into non-linear and layered narratives.

Marielle van Dop is a Dutch photographer and writer who, after spending a year in the Slettnes Lighthouse in 2014-2015, decided to move permanently from the Netherlands to make a new living in the village of Gamvik. In the Netherlands she taught, among other things, nature-awareness for more than 15 years. It is the primal nature in the very North that attracts her, and during long walks together with her dog Laila, she seeks to connect and communicate, as well as taking photos and writing about her experiences with her surroundings.

Miriam Jakob is a choreographer, performer and artist researcher living in Berlin. With a background in social anthropology her works question the relationship of individual and collective patterns. “Breathing With“ (with Jana Unmüßig) investigates the multiple relations between human and more-than-human actants with and through breath, posing questions such as how can sensory perception and imagination influence each other, and how can polyphonic rhythms be perceived as integral components? Her work explores possible ways of imagining living together through listening and storytelling. To shift perspectives and generate differently structured modes of knowledge (corporal, theoretical, practical), and to combine them, is a way to approach non-hierarchical knowledge production and a necessary fiction.

Peeter Laurits is an artist living in Tallinn who works with photography and digital manipulation. First, he was engaged with a media-critical approach, but soon turned to deep ecology, moved into the woods and combined the neolithic methods with post-industrial ones, both in his art and lifestyle. He has enriched the tools for photographic expression and broadened the role of photography in the Estonian cultural space. Currently the focus in his work is on posthumanist ethics, and he has recently initiated the platform Biotoopia in Estonia. Biotoopia 2019.

Ina Otzko is an artist living between Northern Norway and Southern Italy. With a background in both photography, fine art and experimental sound, her work revolves around communication and connections, the invisible and visible, the familiar and unfamiliar, longing and belonging. Using the method of Deep Listening of Pauline Oliveros in exploring the tidal rhythms she seeks to further the research of the language and body of water.

Margrethe Iren Pettersen is a florist and artist living in Oslo. She often works across media, such as sound, sculpture, installation, photography and drawing, and site-specifically by investigating ecosystems and their complexities. By drawing attention to the characteristics and coexisting life of plants and organisms, she aims to challenge the Modern perception that divides culture and nature. Her Sámi roots with the oral tradition of knowledge production, a sensing with landscape and geo-choreography, are central themes in her practice.

Sakib Saboor works as an art mediator in Fotogalleriet in Oslo. He grew up partly in Norway, partly in Pakistan. His initial jobs have been within commercial photography, while at the moment he is exploring artistic photography, aiming at pursuing it within his career and further education. As a Fotogalleriet collaborator of one of the ARm organizers, Hilde Methi, he is interested in learning, documenting (by analog and digital photography), and transferring knowledge for a future collaboration.

Torgeir Vassvik is a musician and composer living in Oslo. His work aligns within the continuity of the coastal Sámi music tradition, and the nuances and variations that are evident in the animistic yoik and the vocal art originating from the Sámi music world, in a long term perspective. Since 1995, he has been developing an impressive expression, best described as progressive yoik. In recordings from wax rolls made from between 1906 and 1916 by Karl Tiren, he found a reliable source of what Sámi music has been and can be. This audio treasure is, together with rhythms and voices encountered in Siberia, the Sakhalin Peninsula and among the Aino people in Japan, what inspires and develops his work.

Izabela Żółcińska is a Polish-born visual artist living in Holmestrand, Norway. In her practice she seeks to understand human physicality as a liquid structure that is connected to the wider ecosystem. She is inspired by an aesthetic and function of biological transportation network systems, and often works with the phenomena of fluid migration. Informed by research and cross-disciplinary collaborations, she explores anatomy, architecture, cognitive science, fluid mechanics and hydrobiology. The Capillary System cycle (inspired by the human blood circulation system) is her long term explored visual language expressed in different media and realizations.

ARm Organizers & Navigators:

Signe Lidén is an artist based in Oslo, Norway. Her work explores relations between place, sensing and sound. Through field recording, instrument building and conversations, she approaches place as a dynamic becoming produced by geological, biological and atmospheric processes, as well as social and economic relations. Her work spans from sound installations, video and performance to more documentary forms such as sound essays and archives.

Arjen Mulder is an independent writer living in Amsterdam (NL), with a background in botany, media theory and semiotics. His research is focussed on understanding the modern world from the point of view of plants. Morphology and morphogenesis are his entrypoint into a realm where vegetal intelligence and the elements combine to make living beings. Recent publications in English: //The World According to Plants// 2020, //The Internal and External World of Plants// 2021 and The Tides and the Algae 2021.

Hilde Methi is a curator living in Kirkenes, Norway. She builds up long term collaborations infusing artistic ideas in local settings. She is interested in small-scale formats, but has also conceived several extensive productions such as Dark Ecology (with Sonic Acts), and as freelancer she is regularly curating for institutions. She has been publishing and co-editing artist-books and anthologies, the most recent is The Kelp Congress (2020).