Olivia Block & Maria Horn


Fylkingen proudly invites to an evening with two multi-channel performances by media artist/composer Olivia Block and composer Maria Horn, the later presenting her new piece "Panoptikon / Vita Duvans Lament".

Tickets: 150kr (regular) 100kr (student/member/unemployed)

Olivia Block is a media artist and composer. She creates experimental music for electronic instruments, chamber instruments, piano, organ and amplified objects. Her albums are published on Another Timbre, Erstwhile, Glistening Examples, NNA Tapes, Room40, Sedimental, and Touch, among other labels.She performs internationally in festivals and tours. Her most recent installation, The Speed of Sound in Infinite Copper, was commissioned for The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. Block is based in Chicago, and
travels widely for her work.Her most recent album, Innocent Passage in the Territorial Sea (2021) is published on the Room40 label.


Panoptikon / Vita Duvans Lament combines light and electronic sounds with a recorded vocal cycle, specifically composed for the cell prison Vita Duvan (The White Dove) in Luleå. The cycle is composed based on the imagined individual voices of the inmates, represented by recorded vocals coming from various cells of the prison. Together they form a slowly evolving melodic weave, the voices striving to express a common experience. Each voice strives for this commonality, but is hindered by the forced isolation of the prison architecture. The white and red lights are reminiscent of the cyclical shift between daylight and darkness.

The compositions of Maria W Horn (1989) implement synthetic sound, electroacoustic and acoustic instruments and audiovisual components, often devicing generative and algorithmic processes to control timbre, tuning and texture. She employs a varied instrumentation ranging from analog synthesizers to choir, string instruments, pipe organ and various chamber music formats. Acoustic instruments are often paired with digital synthesis techniques, in order to extend the instruments timbral capacities. Often based on minimalist structures, her music explores the inherent spectral properties of sound and their ability to transcend time and space, reality and dream. Marias installation work explores the inherent memory and mythologies of specific places or geographic areas and the people that have inhabited them. In her careful work with perceptualities, sound is often connected with structures of light aiming to build acoustic environments where senses interlace.

Photo Olivia Block: Lydon French
Photo Maria Horn: Piercarlo Quecchia

Production: Fylkingen