Vannstand - photo by Henrik Beck
  • Maja S. K. Ratkje : Vannstand

  • Wednesday 09.03
  • 15:00 - 16:00
  • VilVite, Thormøhlens Gate 51
  • Maja S. K. Ratke, composer

Vannstand is a tribute to the slow, pulsating shifting of the tides along the Norwegian coast, created by composer Maja S. K. Ratkje and local children as musicians. The work is inspired by the never ending cycle of the rising and falling tide gauge – a living force kept in constant motion by changes in weather and climate, and the phases of the moon. Ratkje uses local tide measurements to create graphic scores which are interpreted musically by children from Bergen. For the children the project is a learning process on how to read scores that are open to improvisation and their own choices of notes and sounds, and about the tides in general. Today we can measure and research the ocean and we see that mankind’s influence is changing this perpetual cycle along the Norwegian coast. In Vannstand the children have the possibility to reflect on and react musically to this issue.

The first realisation of Vannstand was a sound installation presented at the Norwegian Opera & Ballett during nyMusikk’s festival Only Connect in 2015. In Bergen the installation will be presented at VilVite, a popular scientific experience and learning centre for technology and the natural sciences, especially aimed at schoolchildren and youth.

Exhibition Opening:
Wednesday, 9th March: 15.00-16.00
Free entrance

Exhibition opening hours:
Wednesday- Friday: 09.00-15.00
Saturday-Sunday: 10.00-17.00
Ticket for VilVite

Free with festival pass & for members of nyMusikk

Presented in collaboration with nyMusikk Bergen og VilVite.
Supported by Kulturrådet

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