SOLO EXHIBITION @ / September 26 – October 25, 2020
Curator: Espen Gangvik


THE AGREEMENT is a part of Havnes’ series of feedback themed installations, where every installation uses feedback both as a sound source, and as a representation of different processes within our surrounding world..

This time it is the echo chamber that is thematized, and how we change opinions based on who we talk to, or how we through social media, or social situations, often are presented with opinions we already hold.

Every saw blade is mounted with a contact speaker and a contact microphone, closing a feedback circle that makes the blade vibrate with it’s own resonance frequency. When several of these saw blades are connected in different constellations, in different “conversations” so to speak, they constantly try to find frequencies they all can agree on, new tones they have in common.

Photo by courtesy of the artist

Eirik Havnes (b.1989)
Eirik Havnes is an artist, composer, musician and poet from Ålesund, with a background from Music Technology at NTNU in Trondheim.
He focuses on producing sound on the fringe of genres and technical barriers, with a playful approach to conceptuality and perception.
Feedback has been in the centre of his works for a long time, both as a concept and as a sound source; incorporating both into his installations and musical works. The same can be said about his use of sonification; the art of translating data or concepts into sound, to give the audience a different and auditive perspective on the subject in matter. Havnes has exhibited in arenas such as Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst, Bomuldsfabriken, Heimdal Kunstforening, Høstscena, Lydgalleriet, Meta.Morf (2014) and have released a number of records. Most recently, he has been the subject of the documentary Polyfonatura (2019), where director Jon Vatne has been following Havnes over the course of 4 years, while he is composing a cinematic score solely based on field recordings.

Photo: Odin Jæger, VG