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Amund Ulvestad

Amund Ulvestad

Amund Ulvestad
Image Credit: Anna Rogneby

Dorothea Schlegel Artist in Residence
Research Area 2: "Travelling Matters"

April – December 2020


RECAST is an artistic research project concerned with the multimodal relationship between text and sound as well as the relationship between the fluid now and recorded time. The artist will specifically examine textual recordings – casts – primarily of early Norse and European stories from oral storytelling traditions, reimagining and restoring them as sound performances, and finally recasting these performances as audio recordings for digital distribution. 

The work will explore acts of interpretation and recreation in a movement away from static text to temporally plastic performance, and then further from performance to the static medium of sound recording. Performance, then, becomes an intermediary state of plasticity between two temporally fixed media. The transitions, the acts related to transitioning and the status of textual semantics, textures and structures as they are moved out of the textual realm, will be the main objects of artistic research. The ongoing work will be accessible through a constantly shifting immersive sound installation at the premises of EXC 2020 (opening autumn 2020). The installation will serve as a conduit into the wide variety of auditive situations and objects, environments and milieus emerging through the artist's exploration and sonification of the different texts.

Amund Ulvestad (b.1982) is a Norwegian multimedia artist, musician and composer based in Oslo and Berlin. He holds an MA in Music Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Ulvestad has been active as a touring musician since childhood, and has performed throughout Europe, Asia and Central and North America both as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles, employing the cello and sound electronics as his main instruments. Ulvestad is now working mainly within the fields of experimental music, sound art and theatre. He has held exhibitions and performances at institutions like Atelier Nord, Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art, Foro Eco, Morelia and KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, among others. Ulvestad has also scored music and made sound design for theatre productions at, among others, the Croatian National Theatre, The Norwegian Theatre and The Arctic Theatre (Hålogaland Teater), as well as with various independent theatre and dance companies. He is a member of the dance company ULF, theatre company Heløe/Ulvestad and sound choreography group Vingelklang. Since 2015, Ulvestad has given guest lectures at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and at the Norwegian Theatre Academy. He received the Norwegian Government Grant for Artists in 2016 and 2017.