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Present Tense Ensemble Presents: MONTASJAR (constructions)

January 26, 2022 3:00 PM EST

Join us for an encounter between art and the maritime industry and an artistic reflection on finding purpose in physical labor through an exploration of music, dance, and film.

MONTASJAR (constructions) is an interdisciplinary performance that explores the local Volda, Norway history of the construction of engines, propellers, and gears for large ships. In recent times, manual labor and art have been separated and placed in different spheres. However, in this program, Magnar Åm and Present Tense attempt to mount them back together by letting images and sounds from the industrial production become part of a largely improvised performance where music, dance, and film create a dynamic whole: an artistic montage.

Program

  • THE PAST’S FUTURE
    permeating our bodies
  • SOFT METAL
    this immaterial meeting matter
  • STARTING UP
    when our heart stops, to hand it over with a smile
  • OUTSIDE TIME
    in the moment
  • SPIRIT OF THE MACHINE
    the presence
  • NOW WHAT?
    leaving this behind, when we go

About

photo: Tyler Sparks

PRESENT TENSE is a collective of exploratory and improvisational artists with a strong interest in collaborative and interdisciplinary work. They have previously created works together in various constellations both in Norway and internationally. Among others, a site-specific performance created for an abandoned fish oil factory in northern Norway in 2019 and the album The Broken Vessel (PARMA Recordings) in 2018.

ALBUMS

Broken Vessel - Album Cover

photo: Tyler Sparks

MAGNAR ÅM is a composer, musician and professor. Like every human being, he is a witness of time. And his music is the sound of one such witness’ maturation. He transforms his impressions of being in the world into an expression which he feels that the world, including himself, needs right in this moment

www.magnaram.com

ALBUMS

Broken Vessel - Album Cover

photo: Tyler Sparks

Einy Åm Sparks is a dancer and choreographer with a particular interest in site-specific work and dance on camera. She has created several performances both in Norway and New York, both independently and in collaboration with other artists of different genres. As an extension of her endeavors as a dancer she also works as a video editor, creating works both for the artistic, documentary and commercial realm

www.eyekneecoordination.org

photo: Tyler Sparks

Andreas Barth is a freelance percussionist, instrument maker (solidwooddrum.com) and composer. He produces his own works through Farmorhuset, a sound recording studio and a record company (farmorhuset.com). He collaborates with several different artists of various genres.

ALBUMS

Broken Vessel - Album Cover

photo: Tyler Sparks

Geir Hjorthol is a professor of Nordic Literature and an improvisational musician. The relationship to the physical and social circumstances in our society plays a central role in his music. He collaborates with artists of different expressions, like literature, photography, film and dance.

ALBUMS

Broken Vessel - Album Cover

Tyler Sparks is a cinematographer and motion graphics artist with experience working both in Norway and in New York, USA. His work in film and media spans across both the artistic and commercial realm, nature photography and documentary film.

www.tylersparks.com

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