THANK YOU to all of our staff, volunteers, artists and the venues, for all coming together and making such an incredible festival this year. Our biggest thanks goes to YOU the public, this wouldn’t have been possible without your support. We truly hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, and look forward to welcoming you all again next time!
Our media team have collected their best photos from the festival into the following albums. We hope you will enjoy re-living some memories from this year’s festival.
INSOMNIA FESTIVAL 2017
Procession of the Russian cruiser Aurora on the day of the centennial of the Great October Socialist Revolution
If you think 3 days is too little, you can start the festival one day earlier with this art performance by artist collective eredovoe udozhestvo Wednesday 25th at 17:00 at the Art Academy followed by music by Roman Osminkin, Anastasia Vepreva and Anton Comandiroff at 21:00 at Levende Lokaler, Storgata 108.
“A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism.” These words by Karl Marx are as relevant today as ever. In October 25, 1917 Russia was the place of the world’s first Socialist Revolution.
According to the mythology formed in the Soviet period, the Russian cruiser Aurora on the Neva River gave a blank shot as the signal to storm the Winter Palace in Petrograd. In Roman mythology, Aurora was the goddess of the morning dawn, bringing daylight to the gods and the people. This shot marked the birth of the idea of a future World Revolution. Despite the fact that today we are far from universal equality and brotherhood, the utopia of building Communism in the whole world is needed by modern humanity as never before! After all, fearing for their present, people abandon the future.
Therefore, exactly 100 years later, on October 25, 2017, as a sign of memory of the world’s first socialist revolution, the artistic cooperative “eredovoe udozhestvo” from the city of the 3 revolutions will pass through the streets of the city of Tromsø with a model of the cruiser Aurora, welcoming Norwegian workers with revolutionary marches and workers’ songs.
Followed by the performance there will be a revolutionary techno set by Roman Osminkin, Anastasia Vepreva and Anton Comandiroff. “TECHNO / POETRY” cheerfully balances from mocking Russian folk to gothic electronics, from dance hardcore to mechanistic disco. ” If you haven’t mastered formal language, dance however you can, don’t think about anything ” – declares the Petersburg coop. “TECHNO / POETRY”. Roman Osminkin and Anton Commandiroff recently held a spontaneous presentation of the new album alongside the local police station, and it describes the modus operandi of this group well. Techno and poetry are put into the name of the cooperative by the CAPSLOCK – it’s not so much the music making of techno in combination with poetry, but the play/performance in techno and poetry. Roman Osminkin’s texts is a hypertrophied salad of citations from social networks, philosophical books and imaginary combat leaflets of left-minded revolutionary organizations. Anton Commandiroff responds with the same undeveloped and deconstructed music. This disco fools in the library.
See event here.
Communism will win!
Unfortunately, Red Axes had to cancel all upcoming live-shows due to health reasons. They are very dedicated and hard-working artists, and this was a tough decision for the boys. They have personally reached out and apologised for the inconvenience. Insomnia hope to see them back on the road again when they are ready.
Khidja from Romania/Berlin is a very solid replacement.They has been on our list for a year or so and offer a live-set with a hybrid, percussive electronic sound. Expect a sound closer to house, techno, new wave and industrial, fusioned with their earlier middle eastern and Romanian influences, fitting well into our programme on Friday night.
There is only two weeks left to the festival now… And as the staff gets their stress levels tuned up, we want you to tune in to the last artist release of this year! J.G. Biberkopf will definitively make you tune in with organic sound sculptures, spanning a vast range of influences from dark ecology to grime and musique concrete. From the shores of Europe, we bring you Icelandic Sigrún, an up and coming multi instrumentalist who plays complex harmonies carried by heavy electronic beats. From further across the ocean, US artists Romans and Mike Servito are coming to close the whole festival. Romans, we assure, will take you on a true techno journey, with emotional, metallic synthesizer coruscating against melancholic background. Mike Servito, a Detroit/NYC DJ who started in 1995, still keeping his sets mystically underground with his upfront dirty, deep and bitchy taste. Come join us!
JG Biberkopf is presented as part of the SHAPE Platform, and Sigrún in partnership with Extreme Chill festival in Iceland, as part of Up Node.
EXHALE / PUST
Haugen Produksjoner and Insomnia present the performance EXHALE / PUST. Uniting contemporary dance, electronic music, installation art and text in a 12 x 18 m large inflatable lung. Tromsøs own Per Martinsen is playing live for this breathtaking interdisciplinary art performance, with dance and voice by Liv Hanne Haugen and installation by Lawrence Malstaf.
The first and the last thing we do is breathing. We breathe about 10,000 liters of air each day. Everything that has life breathes. But how much do we know about this vital movement we all share? And did you know that most of us breathe too much, not too little? EXHALE / PUST is a love declaration to each other, the Earth and to all life.
EXHALE / PUST can be experienced at Kongsbakken school October 21st – 22nd at 15:00 and 19:00
There is only 50 tickets per performance, make sure to get yours here!
For more information about EXHALE / PUST, click here.
NB! With your Insomnia Festival Pass you get a 60 kr discount when purchasing your ticket to this performance!