‘Torsketromming’ with artist and composer John Andrew Wilhite-Hannisdal and Marine Researcher Rebekah Oomen

In early September, Pikene hosted artist and composer John Andrew Wilhite-Hannisdal, and Marine Researcher Rebekah Oomen on a BAR international residency week in Kirkenes, Bugøynes, Vadsø, Vardø, and Hamningberg. The pair are collaborating on an ongoing project called ‘Torsketromming’ that is seeking to explore and understand the mating rituals of the codfish, and specifically the vocal performances of the cod.

During the residency they explored eastern Finnmark’s coast line, held digital meetings with their collaborative partner Anastasia Savinova, and asked many questions to our local experts about the relationship to cod here by the Barents sea, and the political, economic, and environmental issues around this relationship.

The pair were also part of a dialogue meeting with a group of artists – acte vide (“empty act”) (Yannis Kotsonis and Danae Stefanou), Anna Papaeti, Maia Urstad, and H.C. Gilje – involved in two projects (lysavstøpninger fra Vardø and Transmissions Sound Art Residency) that have been initiated by the North Norwegian Art Centre and curated by Karolin Tampere.

John Andrew also took part in Kirkenes’s first Culture Night on 10.09.21, where he performed a concert on the double bass in the ‘Sepverkhagen’ by Irene Rasmussen.

Pikene på Broen looks forward to welcoming John Andrew and Rebekah back to Kirkenes very soon…

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