Reclaiming Vision (Marjolijn Dijkman & Toril Johannessen, Norway, 2018)
Captured through a light microscope, ‘Reclaiming Vision’ features a diverse cast of microorganisms, sampled from brackish water, alongside algae, cultivated in a lab. The film reveals various processes in the water that are hidden to the naked human eye. By investigating the brackish water, its inhabitants, its properties, and the traces left by human activities, the film is a reflection upon the relationship we humans have with our surroundings, especially through what we cannot see.
Toril Johannessen (b.1978, Norway) is an artist living in Tromsø. Perception and representation as historical and technological constructs are recurring themes in Johannessen’s artistic practice. Combining historical records with fiction and her own investigations, and with an attention to how science coexists with other systems of knowledge and belief, her works often have elements of storytelling in visual or written form. Solo shows include Entrée and Trykkeriet, Bergen (2019); OSL Contemporary, Oslo (2019); Munchmuseet on the Move, The Munch Museum (w/M.Dijkman), Oslo (2018); Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen (2017); ARoS, Aarhus (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2016). Group shows include Trondheim Art Museum (2018); the 13th Dak’Art Bienniale de Dakar (2018); Plug In ICA, Winnipeg (2017); Extra City, ARTSPACE, Auckland (2014); 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013) and Documenta 13 (2012).
Marjolijn Dijkman (b. 1978, NL) is an artist and co-founder of Enough Room for Space. Her works can be seen as a form of science – fiction; partly based on facts and research but often brought into the realm of fiction, abstraction and speculation. Solo shows include OSL Contemporary, Oslo (2019); NOME, Berlin, DE (2018), Munch Museum, Oslo, NO (2018); Fig. 2 at ICA, London, UK (2015); IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2011); Berkeley Art Museum, US (2008). Group shows include Contour Biennale 9, Mechelen, BE (2019); The Overview Effect, BOZAR, Brussels, BE (2019); 21st Biennale of Sydney, AU (2018); 11th Shanghai Biennale, CN (2016); 7th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, BR (2009) and the 8th Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2007).
Music by Henry Vega (electronics) and Jan Willem Troost (cello)
The music for Reclaiming Vision is a composition for electronics, cello and voice, composed by Henry Vega, with himself on electronics and Jan Willem Troost on cello.
Henry Vega, born in New York City (1973), is an active composer and performer of new music whose works appear in productions of theatre, dance and concert music that focus solely on modern artistic trends. His music ranges from virtuosic instrumental writings to subtle colorful compositions orchestrating traditional instrumentations with the world of electronic sound. His current interests lie within theatrical settings of his music in combination with video in the space of minimal aesthetics that cross simple harmonies over noisy counterpoints. His releases include 'Wormsongs' (2011 - arteksounds.com) and 'Stream Machines' (2013 - arteksounds.com) a collection of five commissioned works composed in his micro-minimal style.
Vega's works have been presented on radio programs across Europe and performed at festivals and venues in Europe and the Americas including La Monnaie (BE), Deutschlandfunk (DE), MATA Festival (US), November Music (NL), EYE Film Institute (NL) and Stedilijk Museum Amsterdam (NL) among others. He has had the pleasure to write music for soprano Claron McFadden and ensembles such as Ensemble Modelo 62, the MAE, VocaalLab, Ensemble Integrales, the Ragazze String Quartet and the Roentgen Connection.
Jan Willem Troost is a versatile cellist and you can find him playing in a classical orchestra, working with composers and choreographers, or performing authentic Argentinean tango. At the moment Jan Willem is cellist in Sexteto Canyengue, Ensemble Modelo62 and several Dutch orchestras. He is the principal cellist for the contemporary Ensemble Modelo62 and has toured Mexico, Argentina, Indonesia, Japan and the Dutch Caribbean with his various ensembles.
As a studio musician, he recorded many CD’s from classical, experimental to hip-hop and film music. Currently he is developing his own compositions and soundscapes and a broad cello solo repertoire. He wrote and performed his own music for the production Pessoa – a mist opera that was premiered during the Cello Biënnale 2014 at the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam. Together with dancer/choreographer Samir Calixto he created Beating Hollow, a duet for dancer and cellist (in collaboration with Korzo Productions) which was a selected finalist in the Jur Naessens Muziekprijs 2009 competition at the BIMhuis, Amsterdam.