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THE AGREEMENT / Eirik Havnes, 2014 – 2020
 
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Norsk
 
Lydinstallasjon
 
THE AGREEMENT er en lydinstallasjon i Havnes sin serie av feedback-baserte installasjoner, hvor hver installasjon bruker feedback både som lydkilde og som symbol for en prosess i verden rundt oss. Denne gangen er det ekkokammeret som tematiseres, og hvordan vi forandrer meninger basert på hvem vi snakker med, eller hvordan vi gjennom sosiale medier eller sosiale situasjoner ofte bare presenteres med de meningene vi allerede innehar. Hvert sagblad er påmontert en liten høyttaler og en mikrofon, som får sagbladet til å vibrere med sin egen grunnfrekvens, men når flere sagblader blir koblet sammen i forskjellige konstellasjoner, i forskjellige “samtaler”, finner de stadig frem til nye toner de har til felles. 
 
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English
 
Sound installation
 
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 in the world around us. This time he looks at the echo chamber, and how we change our views and attitudes based on who we are talking to, or how we through social media often are just presented views that algorithms already know we agree with. Every saw blade is mounted with a contect speaker and contact microphone, closing a feedback circle that makes the blade vibrate with it’s own resonance frequency, but when several of these saw blades are connected in different constellations, in different “conversations”, they will always try to find frequencies they all inhibit, that they all can agree on. 
 
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Eirik Havnes (b.1989) 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 have 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