Liv Kristin Holmberg

Kunstliturgien - om kunstens grenser
Norway °1980
research interests: music, music aesthetics, music theater, Performance art, Theology, philosophy, ritual, ritual art, crossdisiplinary, Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, utopia, sound art, public art, Religion
affiliation: Norwegian Music Academy


Kunstliturgien can be described as a ritualistic music theatre based on utopian philosophy, in which I develop self-made liturgical elements aiming at life’s existential questions and transitions; creating a fundament for a metaphysical reality-theatre.

The Boundaries of Art. This project is both performative and discursive: as well as an examination of the potential of the church room as an artistic arena, it will also test its capability as a transformative and powerful public space.

The performative potential of church musicians. The project is simultaneously an examination of church musicians and their performative potential. I have an ambition to develop and extend the role of the organ player, and hence lay down the general outlines for a performative aesthetics, based on my own and others experiences regarding varying interpretations of liturgical organ music and artistic experiments of ritualistic musical drama.

The development of liturgical music. As part of the artistic research, a collaboration with two to three composers is initiated, where we mutually (jointly) will develop a concept and the musical material, specially composed for the project with me as a performer.

Art and religion. The church was once the natural venue for music and art. Is this still the case or does the church operate in an aesthetic vacuum? In the light of the Reformation Jubilee 2017, and as an overarching idea, the project will reflect over existing as well as non-existing parallels between church art and contemporary art since the reformation, in a Norwegian context.

Kunstliturgien is an artistic research on the relation between belief and art, religion and aesthetics, with an spiritual and existential ambition to discover possible, transformative dimensions in art.


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