Programme finalised with off-site concerts

We are thrilled to complete the programme with the additions of Elektronmusikstudion and off site events.

On Thursday night, Elektronmusikstudion’s annual concerts at Risbergs Verkstad presents Egyptian electronic songwriter Aya Metwalli along with Korean composers Bumki Kim and Jaeho Chang. Elektronmusikstudion also presents an electroacoustic programme in Mimerlaven, featuring Korean composers Eunhwa LeeByung-moo Lee, Hyunsuk Jun and Taehi Kim.

On Saturday afternoon, Norbergfestival gives a free daytime programme in Tingshusparken in central Norberg. Yoga DJ Sessions are back again amid another successful season in Stockholm, alongside ambient musician Pechblende and local young hip hop talent Javid.

Susanna Jablonski opens the Material Fatigue programme

Tonight opens the first part of the Material Fatigue programme: Most Ghosts Hold Grudges by Susanna Jablonski at Galleri Norberg. Outlining the thin border between the personal and collective level of consciousness, Jablonski enables gestures touching upon the meeting of the two. During the festival, the mixed media installation is accompanied in a set of sound interventions by Julia Giertz, Patrik Patsy Lassbo and Folke Rabe, also part of the Material Fatigue actions and exhibited works curated by Frida Sandström (SE) and Aleksei Borisionok (BY).

Ayhan Aydin presents this year’s menu which is full of flavors that cares about you and the environment

The food at this year’s Norbergfestival has layers on layers with flavors and textures to create a delightful and greasy plate. The food is primarily plant based and gluten-free with some alternatives for the omnivores. We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night foods. The produce includes everything from Swedish vegetables and legumes that was supposed to thrown away to spices picked in the wild. We are caring about the environment and keeping it green! The menu is designed to give you options to create a plate according to your likings and mood. It will have four categories with different alternatives:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Sauces and seasonings
  • Salads
  • Protein

Don’t forget that the sound changes your taste perception – that music has a huge impact on your meal experience!

 

“A development within culinary arts could start, like the way within jazz. First one understands the heritage, harmonies and rhythms, or in a culinary context; flavour, resources, and techniques. Training, improvisation and curiosity are important factors when arranging a track as well as a meal. The knowledge and skills need to be quite solid, providing a base of understanding of traditional flavours and techniques as well as a range of ways to innovate on the well-known. Today with our increasing urbanisation, there is also a great movement of people to and from these cities. Many cultures share space within this context and many new are created. Influences and knowledge travel faster than before because of the better digital infrastructure. It’s still not equitable whose culture gets acknowledged and whose doesn’t, but today it’s easier to make new connections, allies and encounters.”

— Ayhan Aydin, meal ecologist

Day programme extended with discursive and performative events

Altering Arcadia is a the continuous performative project by Marianna Feher and Tamandua Engström. In an extended session in Krossverket and with the backdrop of sound walls by Sorrowing Christ, they examine boundaries between corporeal deviance and transformability through elements of rope and sound that focuses on embodiment and self-alteration.

This year’s art programme Material Fatigue is completed with a pair of artist talks, examining the interdisciplinary results of the artist’s works at the festival — making practice social.

Polish Institue Stockholm and journalist Mats Almegård are back at the festival with Gram[m]ofon, an artist talk with Ewa Justka, examining the musical autobiography of the Polish power electronics artist.

The afternoon programme will also feature a screening of Behemoth, a film by Chinese director Liang Zhao displaying the results of an accelerating global economy, in the cultural and natural scarring of Mongolian steppes by advancing mining industries.

Finally, cultural theorist Benjamin Noys and composer-writer Emile Frankel discuss the possibilities of techno and electronic music for imagining the future in a time of global distress. Can the accelerations of techno and global experimental club culture offer new speculative futures beyond crisis?

Kraftwerk & 303 stages completed with 8 new acts

We are proud to conclude the Kraftwerk and 303 stages with four dynamic live acts and three blistering DJs, joining what might be our our most widespread club programme ever!

With footwork rhythms as foundation, sound designer and beatsmith Zora Jones provides a blistering high BPM set for the Kraftwerk stage. A night before, computer compositions meets Egyptian beats meets UK hardcore in a live show by Zuli, on the same date as his second EP on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label hits the stores. As one of the concluding acts of the stage, the just debuted live show by Spanish breakthrough JASSS converges industrial with electro-acoustic compositions, under the discipline of EBM synth sequences and slow-pulsating techno. Another peer bringing analog distress to the Kraftwerk stage is American noise & beat sculptor Nick Klein.

On the 303 stage, Stockholm pop duo Woodcutter Society lends some VHS glow in the dawn, while Skallahavet wraps the stage in pagan mystique. Upping the vibe, Malmö dub selector Sordez hits the decks before the night takes off into hardcore mayhem by Danish gabber youngster Peckerhead, provied by PHONO Festival through the Up Node Nordic Festival Network.

On another note, digital tricksters of many disciplines, EVOL returns to Mimerlaven with a new composition for multichannel PA, lasers and foghorn. Rave on.

Anna von Hausswolff’s Pomperipossa Records and Masskultur to Mimerlaven

We are proud and excited to complement the grand hall of Norbergfestival with two major forces of experimental music in Sweden.

Anna von Hausswolff’s Pomperipossa Records have, in addition to the revered solo material by herself, introduced some of the most bewildering and original music stemming from Sweden in the past years. In a unique label showcase, Anna von Hausswolff presents her new trio BAD, along with performances by Stockholm lofi improviser Clora as well as sonic arts mainstay Scanner aka Robin Rimbaud, a singular voice shaping the landscape of sound and media art in practice and theory alike. We can’t state enough the importance of Rimbaud’s work for the ethos of Norbergfestival throughout the years.

Swedish lofi music institution Masskultur have in the past years brought some of the most idiosyncratic new talents of experimental music in Sweden and Europa to the festival, adding to this venture in 2017 with Swedish performers Milos Olympus and Nev Lilit alongside Belgian tape artist Mathieu Serruys.

Material Fatigue: 15 new artists in an overarching programme of the arts

Material Fatigue is an autonomous branch of the Norbergfestival 2017 programme: a set of actions and exhibited works curated by Frida Sandström (SE) and Aleksei Borisionok (BY). With a focus on interdisciplinary performance practices, Material Fatigue arches across and beyond the festival – day and night, on and off-site, in found rooms and on the stages. The start of the programme is marked on July 19 at Galleri Norberg in central Norberg, with the exhibited works of Susanna Jablonski. The installation is later accompanied in a set of sound interventions by Julia Giertz, Patrik Patsy Lassbo and Folke Rabe.

At the festival site, video works of Annika Eriksson, Kajsa Dahlberg and Oleksiy Radynski provide reflections on communal utopias, torn down by post-Fordist mechanisms. Next to Iris Smeds aka Vaska Fimpen‘s imploded imaginarium and Cara Tolmie’s looped identity of the diva, Stina Nyberg’s movement workshop enables a re-training of whatever a political agency might be. As Kasia Wolinska and Ashiq Khondker puts the very meeting of living bodies into practice, Dinis Machado questions the space of the very body itself as autonomous. Exhausting the materiality of the architecture, KP Transmission elasticises our sense of hearing, while Olia Sosnovskaya lectures on the affective moment of a celebration and it’s role as a collective and disruptive force in a contemporary political landscape. The artistic interventions will be accompanied by two set of artist talks on related topics.

Read more about the curatorial project.

Material Fatigue is part of the two year project The Glossary of the Event, supported by artistic research and development funding from the Royal Institute of Art.

Functional and experimental: eight new artists added to the club programme

This is a big one! We are joined by no less than eight artists in four fantastic club acts. First up we have Frédéric Gies, experimental dancer extraordinaire, musically directed by Berlin techno legend Fiedel. In Dance is Ancient Frédéric performs an extended dance rite around a totemic sculpture by Anton Stoianov, under the lights reminiscent of a dance floor. Prepare for an extensive journey through dance moments past and present.

Cold Heart Investment AB’s meddling of 150+ bpm, atonal, polyrhythmic dance mania portrays moral decay, oozing of fast cars on lease, alco-pops and benzodiazepines in his industrial braindancy hardware techno.

Copenhagen-based producer and DJ Erosion Flow gained international recognition with his self-titled debut EP in 2014 and since then has released the two-part project, Spectrums Vol. 1 & 2, on Martyn’s critically acclaimed 3024 label. The 23-year-old artist is set to unravel his unique sound and versatile production style in a much more comprehensive and holistic live experience. Erosion Flow performs as part of the exchange programme of the Up Node nordic festival network, invited by Phono Festival in Odense, Denmark. Made possible with support from the Nordic Culture Fund.

The Swedish duo Kuf & Dold have in their collaborative and solo efforts, along with their record label Arsenik, turned many heads in the techno scene worldwide. Their extended collaborative live performance at Norbergfestival 2017 will be a unique chance to take part of Swedish techno history in the making.

Fylkingen reveal their contribution and Siren joins the festival

Solovkina and Bond Snatch, Violence Scatter are the two acts Fylkingen are contributing with this years festival. Solovkinas work stretches between sound art, noise, electronica and free improvisation, mostly with the trumpet as her main instrument. Lyrical as well as brutal, minimalist and maximalist, organic and non-organic, she creates both order and chaos.

Bond Snatch, Violence Scatter is the brainchild of Fernanda Melgerjo and Christophe Aslanian. Their piece involves contemporary dance, noise music, and clay while asking how violence work as an energy we receive, stock and transmit?

London techno crew Siren joins the roster with all their mightiness. Jay D, Moonbow, Slime Eye, Sybil and re:ni are showcasing their eclectic and at times punky wall of sound. Be sure not to miss!

Noisy duo premieres live show!

Manni Dee and Ewa Justka join forces for a very special live premiere! Ikonika will showcase her wider set of genres, which aim to highlight her love for hip-hop and R&B. Tehran-born and London-based, Ash Kooshas training in classical music and his interest in computer music from a young age has equipped him with necessary tools to construct, break, form and deform at the same time. This year we are happy to see him on stage at Norbergfestival.