29 July 2022 Friday 6-9pm. Talk by Andrei Rogatchevski, Professor of Russian Culture at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Trømso will be on at 7pm.
30 & 31 July Saturday & Sunday 2:30-6:30pm
Duration : 38 minutes. Free Entry
Svalbard Soundtracks (2019 – 2022) is the collective name for three new soundscape works inspired by documentaries about the titular Norwegian archipelago: A Trip To Svalbard (1930, Norway), Spitsbergen (1958, Poland), and Further North, There Is Only the North Pole (1976, USSR).
These new scores evoke the sublime beauty of the archipelago’s landscape, flora and fauna, while at the same time highlighting the human presence on the islands. Svalbard’s geographical location and natural resources (e.g. fishing and coal mining) have contributed to its unusual political status, codified in the Svalbard (Spitsbergen) Treaty of 1920. As the Arctic climate shifts, Mute Frequencies asks how these environmental changes will affect the interrelationships of the world’s northernmost inhabitants.
Andrei Rogatchevski, Professor of Russian Culture at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Trømso will introduce and contextualise the soundtracks in his talk ‘Svalbard on the Multinational Screen’ (29 July 7pm).
Mute Frequencies is a collaborative artist project specialising in sound works. Formed by Ilia Rogatchevski and Laura Rogatchevskaia in 2016, the duo investigates the interconnections of found sound, field recordings and original composition. The project name is both a reference to the inaudible frequencies of the audio spectrum and the electromagnetic frequencies that have the potential to transmit information, particularly radio waves.
Image by Mute Frequencies