Illuminations once lit up the pages of medieval books. The media revolution and technical development fueled a transformation of the illustration practice. Illustration now thrives on various publication platforms, both as printed and digital formats. A growing number of practitioners join the discussion of what constitutes its theoretical foundation and the future of the field. This project investigates examines what happens when illustration practice is executed outside its traditional realm. Accepting the obligation to operate in the service of an idea and seeking to communicate something particular, the project seeks to identify a specific illustration methodology and constituted knowledge, and investigate these through the medium of sound. Beginning with central topoi in visual storytelling such as ‘character/ actor’, ‘scenography/ environment’ ‘narrative images' ’dramaturgy’/’plot’ and 'style', the project investigates these topics solemnly through sound practice. May the transposition lead to “another thought,” and hence, discover new understanding of the field of illustration? The mediated content of the project is the layered history of a small suburban place of south east Norway, Momarken; an ancient market place and arena for horse racing, that had a near escape from becoming the last Nazi-German concentration camp built on European territory.
The material will be presented as experiments of sounds in different formats, such as transforming a code based on the research on swell waves developed by Ana Carrasco from The Meteorological Institute of Oslo to sound and other formats (Kollias, 2011), exploring soundscapes (Aburawis, & Dokmeci Yorukoglu 2018), soundwalking (Behrendt 2018, Thulin, 2019), embodied sound (LaBelle, B. 2018) (McCartney, 2016), timbre, making sound installations (Larsson, J. 2018), developing a podcast from the sound experiments.
This project explores if central topics within the field of illustration are transferable to a other sensory experiences than vision; can sound be illustration?
The research from the experiments will be applied in the development of a methodology. The mediated content of the project is the layered history of a small suburban place of south east Norway, Momarken; an ancient market place and arena for horse racing, that had a near escape from becoming the last Nazi-German concentration camp built on European territory. Also after 1945 Momarken has had a shifting population of different cultural background. What affordances of climate and geography can be found and what political landscape have led to these events?
October 9-11, 2020 Bergen:
The first sonic illustration in public at Faculty of FIne Art, Music and Design HOW LONG DID YOU STAY IN THE WATER? This sound installation was created from wave algorithms provided by researcher Ana Carrasco at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute in Oslo. Fredrik Rysjedal and Arthur Hureau transposed the data into a composition that lasted three hours; the same timeframe as the event it described: The sinking of the prisoner's ship Palatia on October 21rst 1942.