SKELETON is a 40 minute live performance piece by sound trio SULT and live cinema artist Greg Pope. This work was commissioned by Kunsthall Oslo and premiered on 5th September 2014.
The documentation is an edited version of the full piece.
A darkened room, our cinema cave - our shelter and religion. Ghosts dancing in the flame, images are cast and wood splits. Sound and light waves vibrate and refract. The skeleton is animated; a shadow play, acoustic and amplified instruments, synthesized sound and the lanterna magica. An investigation in four movements.
SULT is an acoustic noise trio with members from Oslo and Oakland. Their music reflects the noise genre's concern with layers of sonic texture, though completely performed on acoustic instruments. Individual sounds run precariously aside one another as independent streams, and alternately blur into a unified mass.
The trio has been working together since 2006, and has regularly toured Europe and America. Their third album, Svimmelhed, will be released in November 2014, and a following album in collaboration with Lasse Marhaug is in progress.
Members of the trio have collaborated with musicians such as Bill Orcutt, Fred Frith, Maja S. K. Ratkje, Okkyung Lee, Michel Doneda, and Gino Robair.
Greg Pope: After dabbling in punk rock bands and absurdist performance, Pope founded film collective ‘Situation Cinema’ (Brighton 1986) and ‘Loophole Cinema’ (London, 1989).
Working collaboratively and individually, Pope has made video installations, live art and single screen film works since 1996. These works include live cinema performance pieces ‘Light Trap’ and ‘Cipher Screen’ as well as 35mm film productions. His collaborations include working with sound artists Lee Paterson, John Hegre, Lasse Marhaug and Okkyung Lee.