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November 25, 2006




HER NOISE ARCHIVE AND 'WE'RE ALIVE, LET'S MEET!' in residence at LANDMARK, BERGEN KUNSTHALL :: ELECTRA WITH EMMA HEDDITCH :: 27 November - 1 December 2006, 12 - 1am daily (except Friday 12 – 8pm) ::
Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall, Rasmus Meyers Alle 5, 5015 Bergen :: Tel 00 47 55 55 93 10.

Electra opens up its extensive archive of sound based work by women and invites visitors to Landmark to take part in a range of events and to contribute to the archive.

Her Noise was an exhibition which took place at South London Gallery in 2005 with satellite events at Tate Modern and the Goethe-Institut, London, curated by Lina Dzuverovic and Anne Hide Neset of Electra. Her Noise gathered international artists who use sound to investigate social relations, inspire action or uncover hidden soundscapes. The exhibition included newly commissioned works by Kim Gordon & Jutta Koether, Hayley Newman, Kaffe Matthews, Christina Kubisch, Emma Hedditch and Marina Rosenfeld. A parallel ambition of the project was to investigate music and sound histories in relation to gender, and the curators set out to create a lasting resource in this area through building up an archive.

ABOUT THE HER NOISE ARCHIVE:The backbone of the Her Noise project is the Her Noise Archive, developed by Electra with artist Emma Hedditch, comprising the collected research materials, interview and performance footage recorded by the curators and a number of guests during the development of the project.

The archive contains books, fanzines, records, CDs, catalogues and other ephemera, as well as exclusive on camera interviews and concert footage with artists including Pauline Oliveros, Maryanne Amacher, Diamanda Galas, Else Marie Pade, Jutta Koether, Marina Rosenfeld, Thurston Moore, Jim O’Rourke, Kevin Blechdom, Kembra Pfahler, Kim Gordon, Lydia Lunch, Peaches and others.

HER NOISE ARCHIVE AT LANDMARK, BERGEN KUNSTHALL: The Her Noise Archive will take up residence at Landmark between 27 November and 1 December. Combining a research area, listening posts and a viewing space, the archive is open for audience to browse books, catalogues and magazines, listen to records or view videos.

In addition, London based artist Emma Hedditch will present ‘We’re Alive, Let’s Meet!’ - a series of ‘Get Togethers’ to exchange knowledge, discuss and contribute to the Her Noise Archive. These meetings will take the form of discussions and screenings with specially invited guests and visitors. All events are free and open to everyone.


Tuesday 28 November, 6 - 8pm: HER NOISE DOCUMENTARY; Duration: 90 minutes; Followed by discussion with Emma Hedditch, Lina Dzuverovic and Irene Revell (Electra) ::The video documents the development of the Her Noise project between 2001 and 2005 including interviews with a range of artists involved in the project including Diamanda Galas, Lydia Lunch, Kim Gordon, Jutta Koether, Peaches, Marina Rosenfeld, Kembra Pfahler, Chicks On Speed, Else Marie Pade, Kaffe Matthews, Emma Hedditch and the show’s curators. The documentary features excerpts from live performances from Erase Errata, Kevin Blechdom, Lydia Lunch and events during the exhibition at South London Gallery: Kim Gordon, Jutta Koether and Jenny Hoyston (Erase Errata), Christina Carter, Heather Leigh Murray, Ana Da Silva (The Raincoats), Spider And The Webs, Partyline, Marina Rosenfeld’s “Emotional Orchestra” at Tate Modern, and footage compiled for the “Men In Experimental Music” video made during the development of the Her Noise project by the curators and Kim Gordon.

Wednesday 29th November, 6pm - 8pm: HOW AND WHAT ARE WE DOCUMENTING? Introduced by Emma Hedditch :: A discussion of the politics of documentation – looking at history, representation and visibility. Participants are invited to bring their own materials to show and explain, or donate a copy to the Her Noise Archive.

Thursday 30th November, 6pm - 8pm: HERE? HAPPENING? :: An invitation for local organisations and artists to share their knowledge of women working within experimental sound and music. A discussion of local conditions in comparison to what is perceived to be happening elsewhere.

Friday 1st December 6pm - 8pm: CLOSING AND TEA PARTY :: A reflection and conclusion on the days of the Her Noise Archive at Landmark. Audience are invited to bring materials to be catalogued, play records, dance, show video clips, bring books, photocopy, socialize, drink tea and eat cake.


Emma Hedditch (1972 Somerset, England) is a visual artist and writer living in London. Her productions include: “A Pattern” (since 2000), an ongoing collectively shot and edited video; “This Is What We Have Done, And This Is What We Are Doing” (2005), animated drawings by persons in the context of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival; “Video Home, Come On” (2004), a home-video viewing session and archive, with Electra and Electric Studios, Brixton; “A Political Feeling, I Hope So” (2004), Cubitt Gallery, London, a social situation exploring conditions of belonging. Ongoing research into Feminist thought and writing has informed much of her activity, as well as a desire to expose the economics of art production. She has been engaged in collaborative dialogue with The Copenhagen Free University since 2001, and has worked for Cinenova Women’s Film and Video distributor since 1999.


Electra is a London-based contemporary arts agency founded in 2003. Electra commissions and produces artworks across sound, moving image, performance and the visual arts, which it presents in the UK and internationally. Recent projects include a film/performance commission “Perfect Partner” by Kim Gordon, Tony Oursler and Phil Morrison (Barbican Centre), group exhibition “Her Noise” (South London Gallery), “Sound And The Twentieth Century Avant Garde” lecture series (Tate Modern and Stavanger, Norway), soundtrack consultancy on films by Daria Martin working with composers Zeena Parkins and Maja Ratkje respectively, “The Sounds Of Christmas” installation by Christian Marclay (Tate Modern), “Emotional Orchestra” and “Sheer Frost Orchestra” by Marina Rosenfeld (Tate Modern), “Once Seen” Programme for The British Council (Oslo and Tromso, Norway).

Electra gratefully acknowledges support from Arts Council England

This residence is a collaboration with British Council Norway

Posted by jo at November 25, 2006 10:30 AM