Open call for a musical composition inspired by exhibition 'Radical Light'

February 7, 2020
Author Echo Gone Wrong
Published in Calls from Estonia

Kai Art Center and Tallinn Music Week (TMW) are pleased to announce an open call for the composition of a musical piece inspired by Anne Katrine Senstad’s exhibition Radical Light.

Opened on 26 January at Kai Art Center, the solo exhibition of the Norwegian artist Anne Katrine Senstad is a unique light sculpture that invites the viewer to explore the combined sensory effects of light, colour and sound in a space that was made for building submarines. One of the largest works in Senstad’s portfolio, this immersive light field has been created as a mathematical matrix. Senstad collaborates frequently with composers Catherine Christer Hennix and JG Thirwell. JG Thirwell has also created a new sound environment for Radical Light.

The winning composer can imagine creating a soundscape towards a synesthetic, integral whole with the light installation. The main point of orientation for the composition that the call seeks to find is the exhibition itself – its light codes, optical games, and its mathematical nature. The exhibition will run from 26 January to 26 April, and the winning piece will be played at Kai Art Center during TMW from March 24–29. 

The deadline for submitting the composition is 6 March, 2020. The winner of the competition will also receive a prize of 800 euros, a joint award from Kai Art Center and TMW.

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About the artist

Anne Katrine Senstad, who resides alternately in Oslo and New York, studied at the Parson’s School of Design and The New School in New York. Her work focuses on the perception of light, colour and sound. Her works have been exhibited around the world, including at the 55th, 56th and 57th Vienna Biennale, at the Bruges Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, at the Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt in Berlin, at the He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, at the Beirut Art Centre and the Canadian Museum of Nature. Senstad’s works are represented in international private, corporate and public collections and commissions.