STØY PÅ LANDET
Støy på landet (SPL) was founded in 2006 as a joint effort between Arnfinn Killingtveit (under the Klubb Kanin banner) and Matias aka VJ Romvaesn, who had just bought a farm in Selbu, Norway. There are also rumours about a Støy på landet festival going back to the 1970's in the same area.
I performed there each year until 2009, when the farm was sold. Since then the project became an ambulating venture, and I got involved in curating and co-organising it, and developing its concept and profile further.
The Støy på landet concept draws on Bourriaud's idea of relational art, taking "the whole of human relations and their social context as as a theoretical and practical point of departure." The festival/installation has been produced annually until 2016, with no entrance fee, no sales, no "back stage", no security, and no difference between performers and participants. It is considered a joint effort for people who want it to happen, and who wants to get involved. The artists can more accurately be viewed as the "catalyst" of the event, rather than being at the centre.
"Individual artworks (even the worst) are
largely irrelevant - [we] seek to damage institutions which use art to diminish consciousness & profit by delusion. This or that poet or painter cannot be condemned for lack of vision - but malign Ideas can
be assaulted through the artifacts they generate.
MUZAK is designed to hypnotize & control - its machinery can be smashed."
SPL schedules disorganised by me:
In 2016 SPL marked its 10th anniversary, and a completed cycle for me. The project has grown, but remains true to the Origami Republika "almost invisible art of" meme. We have aimed at making a project which creates a social environment in which people come together to participate in a shared activity. Bourriaud claims that "the role of artworks is no longer to form imaginary and utopian realities, but to actually be ways of living and models of action within the existing real, whatever scale chosen by the artist." The meaning of relational art is created when arts perception is altered while leaving the original artifact intact.
As with everything concerning SPL, this explanation may be subject to disagreement and change.
"Real art is play, & play is one of the most immediate of all experiences. Those who have cultivated the pleasure of play cannot be expected to give it up simply to make a political point (as in an "Art Strike" or "the suppression without the realization" of art, etc.). Art will go on, in somewhat the same sense
that breathing, eating, or fucking will go on."
Elise Adamsrød has produced a short documentary about SPL which will premiere at the Klubb Kanin anniversary in Trondheim on April 1 2017. I will update this page as well as www.støypålandet.no with more material from the past in the near future.
SPL becoming hip
How to get there? SPL2013 coordinates
SPL posters by me.
Color versions in visual section.
Nationen, 2013. Click to enlarge
Honorable mention in The List. Click to enlarge
"Publicly we'll continue our work in
publishing, radio, printing, music, etc.,
but privately we will create something
else, something to be shared freely
but never consumed passively, something
which can be discussed openly but never
understood by the agents of alienation,
something with no commercial potential
yet valuable beyond price, something
occult yet woven completely into the
fabric of our everyday lives."