Espen Sommer Eide is a composer and artist based in Bergen, Norway. His artistic practice involves time-based media with a special focus on music and sound. This is further characterized by an experimental approach to instruments, archives, places and languages. In addition to installation and performances, he is a representative of experimental electronic music from Norway, growing out of the techno scene of Tromsø in the 90s, with main projects Alog and Phonophani, and a string of releases on the labels Rune Grammofon, Hubro, Sofa and others.
His works have been exhibited and performed at Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen Assembly, Manifesta, Marres, Henie Onstad kunstsenter, Stedelijk Museum, De Halle Haarlem, Dark Ecology, Sonic Acts, Mutek festival, GRM/Presences Électronique, Performa Festival, Museo Reina Sofia and more. Sommer Eide is also a member of the theatre/art collective Verdensteatret, with extensive international touring and exhibitions.Espen Sommer Eide contributed to the The Sweetness of Living Art Symposium in February 2021 and is currently developing a new artwork in relation to det gode liv. He will also take part in the Sweetness of Living test lab in Kirkenes in August 2021.
Vera Dvale – seamstress of nocturnal synaesthetics, weaver of worlds of spatial immersion- is occasionally producing and releasing music. Recent output is «Music is Kinship» (Good Morning Tapes) and in March a new release, «Garden of Feelings», is presented on the new label In the Neighborhood of the Sun, the Moon and the Stars (INSMS). Vera Dvale contributed to the The Sweetness of Living Art Symposium in February 2021.
Ksenia Gavrilova is Junior Research Fellow at Arctic Social Sciences programme, department of anthropology, project coordinator at the European University in St.Petersburg. Her main research interest is discourse studies, ethnography and the industrialization of the Arctic.
Zhanna Guzenko has been a project producer and curator at Fridaymilk since 2012. Fridaymilk is an independent curating organisation based in Murmansk (Russia) which aims to develop culture and art in the North. United by the idea of Northern identity Fridaymilk is promoting the concept of cultural decentralisation by shifting the cultural centres «from capitals to remote areas». http://www.fridaymilk.com
Brith Hennie Halvorsen is a craft artist based in Tromsø, working in both two and three dimensions with the traditional and relatable material of wool. Often displayed as large-scale installations, her works invite visitors to physically enter inside the artwork and become part of it, sensing the materials, sounds and smells, and considering their associations. Brith Hennie Halvorsen initiated the artwork Så Nær through det gode liv, in collaboration with the sound artist and composer Nils P. Johansen and with thanks to Elliina Peltoniemi, Sylvi Hollman, Daniil Efremov, Ekaterina Efremova, Gunnar B. Halvorsen and Luna Aareskjold Drecker.
Sergey Kostyrko is a mathematician and sound artist originally from the border town Nikel, and now based in St. Petersburg. As a sound artist Kostyrko focuses on science and bio art projects as well as the field of improvisational and noise music. Sergey Kostyrko will take part in the Sweetness of Living test lab in Murmansk in August 2021.
Marietta Radomska, PhD, is Research Fellow in Environmental Humanities at Department of Thematic Studies (Gender Studies), Linköping University, SE; co-director of The Posthumanities Hub; founder of The Eco- and Bioart Research Network; co-founder of Queer Death Studies Network; author of Uncontainable Life: A Biophilosophy of Bioart (2016) and has published in Australian Feminist Studies; Somatechnics; Women, Gender & Research and Artnodes, among others. Marietta Radomska contributed to the The Sweetness of Living Art Symposium in February 2021. Web: www.mariettaradomska.com
Tatjana Schnell is professor of Psychology of Religion and Existential Psychology at MF Specialized University, Oslo. Her research addresses fundamental issues like meaning in life, suffering, alienation and religious/spiritual/secular worldviews, and their practical significance for individuals, organisations and society. Tatjana Schnell will take part in the Sweetness of Living test lab in Kirkenes in August 2021.
The Independent Air is a Danish non-profit art organisation focusing on creating environmentally sustainable cultural projects as group residencies, master classes, exhibitions, symposiums, seminars and workshops in Denmark, Scandinavia and internationally . The main theme of the activities are the increasing ecological and social crises the world is facing and how art and culture can address this through collaborations on many levels. The Independent Air work towards change through strengthening community values, transdisciplinary dialog and development with art as the focal point. Web: http://www.theindependentair.com/
Alena Vlasova is a graphic designer, illustrator, media artist and curator from Saint- Petersburg, who creates and visualises multimedia artistic works, site-specific projects and traditional theatre performances. Alena Vlasova will take part in the Sweetness of Living test lab in Murmansk in August 2021.