Tromsø Soundline Guided Tours
Release party – Saturday 13th October – 14:00 / Lhensmottet
Guided tours / meeting point Verdensteateret
Thursday 25th + Friday 26th October – 18:00
Sunday 28th October – 13:00
Tromsø Soundline works against a dualistic approach that separates tradition from modernity by mutually being inspired by indigenous methodologies and new technologies. Through an app designed by The Arctic As, six commissioned sound pieces are available. By moving around in the city, the audience activates the sound pieces through the app and collects a playlist that they can bring with them wherever they go.
Both visual artists and musicians or DJs take part in Tromsø Soundline. The artists Margrethe Pettersen, Simon Daniel Tegnander Wenzel, Geir Jenssen, Charlotte Bendiks, Marit Følstad and Peder Niilas Tårnesvik represent different generations and different artistic positions. Though they use diverse artistic methods, they all have close relationship to Tromsø, either they are born in the city, they are educated here or their relationship to Tromsø takes another direction.
Made especially for a specific site in the city, each sound piece translate the chosen physical site into sound and create a psychological space that invite the audience to deep listening while moving around in the cityscape. Like the songlines of the Indigenous Australians, the artworks might be interpreted as a tool to navigate through the city, connecting what we see with what we do not see, what has been with what is yet to come. Within the animist belief system of Indigenous Australians, a songline, also called dreaming track, is one of the paths across the land, or sometimes the sky. The paths of the songlines are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance, and painting. A knowledgeable person is able to navigate across the land by repeating the words of the song, which describe the location of landmarks, waterholes, and other natural phenomena. By singing the songs in the appropriate sequence, indigenous people could navigate vast distances, often travelling through the deserts of Australia’s interior. The rhythm is what is crucial to understanding the song. Listening to the song of the land is the same as walking on this songline and observing the land. In addition, the Sámi tradition of joik sets up a specific relationship between sound, rhythm and the motif of the joik; either it is a mountain, a person, an animal or other things. It does not represent, but rather present us to what is there. Alongside new technologies, that we surround ourselves with in our everyday life, Tromsø Soundline takes its inspiration from these indigenous traditions, and encourage the audience to engage with sound and space while moving through the city of Tromsø.
Tromsø Soundline is an art project curated by Hanne Hammer Stien, produced by Tromsø Municipality and supported by Public Art Norway (KORO).