TIME BEYOND PLACE by Anne Senstad, 2017.
Sound composed by JG Thirlwell.
TIME BEYOND PLACE premiered at K4 Galleri, in Oslo, Norway September 29th 2017 and was curated by Bjorn Hatterud. The short film is a journey of Norwegian artist Anne Senstad's work in Saudi Arabia 2016-17, collaborating with Saudi women artists, working across time and place, between marginalized cultures, across the borders of eastern and western ideologies and history. in context of todays globally changing paradigms, and the reforms of cultural and societal formalities, and gender politics in Saudi Arabia, Senstad's short film contextualizes current issues and developments to come.
The initiative TIME BEYOND PLACE - The Cultural Bridge was established by Anne Katrine Senstad in Saudi Arabia in 2016 as an all-women cross cultural art production platform examining ways of responding to preservation of cultural heritage, vernacular architecture, entropy, memory codes and domesticity through contemporary art practices such as performance art, site specificity, installation art and sculpture as well as Qut wall painting workshops in Asir. The artists work acts as transformer between the anthropocene and timeless nature.
Senstad's video work presents a visual narrative of artists Dr Zahrah Al Ghamdi, Jameela Mater, Ghada Da as well as Senstad's thematic engagements in the Asiri cultural history. This journey is a visual portal into the artists performed narrative while honoring cultural traditions of women artisans Asir in southern Saudi Arabia across the generations dating back to pre islamic culture.
Sound composed by JG Thirlwell, with additional soundscapes created by Anne Senstad with archival Asiri sound material and a local song by Ali Moghawi.
TIME BEYOND PLACE project is part of Ithra's cultural program, organized by Culturunners and Senstad. The project has been supported in part by Office for Contemporary Art Norway/OCA and Norske Billedkunstnere/NBK (2016). Special thanks to Nadine El-Khoury, Ali Moghawi, Khalid Alassiri, Jawaher Mater, Fatima Hassan, JG Thirlwell and all the amazing Saudi women artists in Asir.
New York based Norwegian artist Anne Katrine Senstad works in the intersections of installation art, photography, video, neon and site specificity, with a focus on the phenomena of perception, light, sound and colour. She draws on critical and poetic text based works to address ethics, literature and philosophy. In her ongoing field projects, she engages in cultural, social and political interactions to create a wider educational and collaborative platform between diverse ideologies. Through this, Senstad seeks to develop the possibility for what she sees as a new folklore and an amalgamation between post-modern individualism and internationalism.
Curatorial text in Norwegian on the occasion of the premier of TIME BEYOND PLACE at K4 Galleri: http://annekatrinesenstad.blogspot.com/2017/09/k4-gallery-time-beyond-place-september.html
The video piece is accompanied by a special composition for the video by legendary musician, producer and composer JG Thirlwell.
JG Thirlwell bio:
JG Thirlwell is a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn,NY. Born in Melbourne, he moved to London in 1978, then relocated to NYC in1983, where he has been based ever since. As well as his own name, he works under many pseudonyms including Manorexia, Foetus, Steroid Maximus and Xordox.
He has released over thirty albums. If there is a common thread to his varied musical styles, it is a dramatic intensity and an evocative, cinematic quality. Thirlwell has also featured as producer, remixer, collaborator or arranger for a wide variety of artists including Karen O, Noveller, Excepter, Zola Jesus, Hal Willner, Melvins, Swans, Nine Inch Nails, Lydia Lunch, Coil, Z’s, Nick Cave and many more.
JG has completed commissions for Kronos Quartet, Bang On A Can, Thyssen-Bornemisza ArtContemporary, Experiments in Opera, Zephyr Quartet. Great Learning Orchestra, Jeffrey Zeigler, James Ilgenfritz and League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, and is a member of the“freq_out” sound-art collective, curated by CM Von Hausswolff, who create on-site sound and light installations. He is also an acclaimed graphic artist. In 2010, he received a fellowship from New York Foundation of the Arts in sound / composition.
He has created solo sound installations which have exhibited in Santarcangelo, Italy and Kaliningrad, Russia. He often performs live with a chamber ensemble version of his Manorexia project.
JG also creates the musical score of the Adult Swim / Cartoon Network show The Venture Bros and the FX show Archer, and has created several motion picture scores for directors including Tony Oursler, Eva Aridjis and Richard Kern. He has been completing a residency at Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm.