Raven Chacon presents a newly commissioned concert piece as part of this year’s festival exhibition by Joar Nango. Chacon’s performance is recorded in an open desert landscape in New Mexico, and employs a field recording made by Nango from a similarly open landscape in northern Norway. The work was first presented within Nango’s exhibition spaces on the evening of the 24th of October as a digital audio and video screening in Bergen Kunsthall
Raven Chacon: processed violin, field recording playback
Candice Hopkins: drum
D.E. Hyde: camera
Joar Nango: field recordings
Raven Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, collaborator, or with Postcommodity, Chacon has exhibited or performed at Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, REDCAT, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center. Every year, he teaches 20 students to write string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP). He is the recipient of the United States Artists fellowship in Music, The Creative Capital award in Visual Arts, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation artist fellowship, and the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
The Festival Exhibition 2020 at Bergen Kunsthall presents Norwegian-Sámi artist Joar Nango. Initially trained as an architect, Joar Nango constructs his projects as laboratories, investigating traditions and experiences from his cultural background, characterized by flexibility, pragmatism and adaptation to nature. The exhibition is less a finished product than an arena for a social process of creating places and situations with possibilities for improvisation, collective action and direct negotiations with the local context. Architecture and the built environment are seen in relation to the culture and power dynamics that govern them, and as a starting point for making changes. The exhibition includes several of Nango’s ongoing collaborative projects, such as The Sami Architecture Library (Girjegumpi), a sculpture made out of car parts from his architecture collective FFB’s van, and the Post-Capitalist Architecture TV series, produced in advance of the Festival Exhibtion in collaboration with Ken Are Bongo.