by Nils Henrik Asheim
Wednesday June 5th 2013 at 18:00
The first Transformer event in 2013 is planed in a collaboration with curator Helga Marie Nordby and nyMusikk.The Norwegian contemporary composer Nils Henrik Asheim has developed Guitar Machine. A performative, sculptural piece for 50 guitarists in a mix of professionals and young amateurs.Guitarists from different musical backgrounds, ages and schools are recruited in as performers. Every guitarist brings their own amplifier and a few effect pedals.The music performed is massive, vibrant, funky and industrial. It can be described sonically and visually as a giant machine.Piece was originally performed outside the Tou Scene in Stavanger. It was rigged as a six-story scaffolding, with 8 guitarists on each floor. 2,000 people showed up at the concert, which lasted in ca 25 minutes and highlighted Tou Scenes 10th anniversary.
Guitar Machine In Oslo is a further development of this work.
The work performed as part of nyMusikk. Only Connect festival on Wednesday 5 June on Rintala Eggertson architects custom built architectural structure.
Transformer is a development project for reclaim of urban scars and leftover sites. The project aims to reverse these negative processes by educating and raising awareness of the ongoing situations, and implement a process where some of these sites can be liberated for public use. This process will take place on three levels: a) identifying urban scars and leftover sites by engaging in a dialogue with real estate owners, b) free the sites for temporary public use by establishing a dialogue between land owners and art producers and c) building arenas where children can experience art in public space.