Kaya Gaarder

09.12.2023 at 2pm.

 Kunstbokhandelen B*stard / Oplandia senter for samtidskunst

Kirkegata 68, Lillehammer

The sound work HERE  PROLOGUE is published by Breton Cassette in collaboration with Saksumdal Tempel.

It's ticking, it is. And it has a wheel with numbers to be turned, and every number is a melody to wake you up. That was it. But that function is not working now. I remember one of those melodies. My favourite. A hit. It was like this…
- From HERE

The sky is cloudless.
Her sweat drips, while top-notes from volatile memories of skin rise up, hints of mint or lime, cardamom and amber, leather, hazy past.
A nearby frog croaks, the sound jolts her. Is that the thing, the deviation? she wonders. Was it only you? Tiny black spherical eyes, a frog's heartbeat visible under its damp skin.

Kaya Gaarder (b.1983) lives and works in Oslo. She has a master's degree in visual arts from the Academy of Fine Art, Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Her artistic work revolves around drawing, where the drawing process is always almost an excavation of the subject, often executed in large formats, with an emphasis on a physical approach. She has also worked with text, photography, video, installations and dance. An interest in sound has often been evident in previous projects, but this is her first sound work–and a purer exploration and design of the musical, using field recordings, samples, her own voice and her own, older recordings. The art project HERE  PROLOGUE is eclectic and striking, mysterious and driving, and the musical soundscape spins threads between fragments of history, the universal in something personal and heartfelt, into something reconciling and liberating.

Breton Cassette publishes cross-genre sound projects and conveys a wide range of expressions and projects. Breton Cassette collaborates with artists who work with music and sound separately or as an inclusive part of their visual arts project. Breton Cassette is an artist-driven initiative, which was started in 2019. It is located in Oslo and is founded and run by Pernille Meidell.

The independent art bookstore B*stard is a niche bookstore for artists’ books, focusing on the intersect of visual arts and literature. With more than 750 titles produced by artists and small publishers, both physically at Oplandia center for contemporary art and in the web store, B*stard is one of the largest initiatives of its kind in Norway.

The project has received funding from Innlandet County Municipality and the Association of Norwegian Visual Artists.