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Ecology, Site and Place – Piteå Performing Arts Biennial 2020

Piteå Performing Arts Biennial during Covid 19

Piteå Performing Arts Biennial seeks new formats for the performing arts to engage in societal issues. The first edition—postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic—focuses on ecological perspectives, and further seeks engagement in questions related to site and place. On October 26-27, an online pre event presents some perspectives on how the performing arts address these issues in the time of the pandemic. Particular focus is  given to digital presence, as discussed in three panels in the third edition of Physically Distant. While the biennial will host a series of new productions of ecological sound art, site-specific arts projects, dance and theatre productions, intermedia arts projects, film and video screenings, the pre event presents three concerts with telematic performance, a live radio show and a series of shorter streamed performances, as well as fixed media artwork on the website.


Participation in the conference is free, but registration is compulsory. Register by sending an email to piteabiennial@gmail.com

Links to streaming of concert performances will be found by each concert event in the program below.




Monday 26 October


12:15 Welcome and introduction. Stefan Östersjö.


12:30-13:45  Ecology of Perception

Markus Tullberg: 4E Cognition and musical instruments

Hubert Gendron-Blais: Music, Ecology and Affective Communities On Some Emergent Techniques of Résonances manifestes

Per-Anders Nilsson & Palle Dahlstedt: Electroacoustic Modular Ecosystem


13:45-14:00  Break


14:00-17:15 Ecological perspectives on Sound Art

14:00 Nikki Sheth: Sounds of Mmabolela(see further in the Listening Room) 

14:30 Sabine Vogel: Recorded Landscapes #1

15:00 Bennett Hogg: ”Over the Hills and Far Away”: Towards One Possible Approach to the Decolonialisation of How We Talk About Experimental Art Practice.

15:30 Halla Stefansdottir: HÉR: Of curation in the act

16:00-16:15 Break

16:15 Anders Hultqvist, Jan Berg & Stefan Östersjö: Invisible Sounds: ecological approaches to nature, culture and technology

16:45 Jacek Smolicki: Soundwalking through Inaudible Cities. Peripheral Soundscapes of Stockholm and Beyond


17:15-17:30 Break


Physically Distant #3: the network, the pandemic, and telematic performance


17:30 Introduction. Stefan Östersjö and Federico Visi

17:40 Simon Waters & Paul Stapleton: Musicking online: your technical problem is actually a social problem. A performative conversation.


18:00-19:00 Panel I. Instrumentality in Networked Performance

Panelists: Henrik Von Coler, Juan Parra, Franziska Schroeder, Nicholas Brown, Nela Brown



A concert hall organ in the network. (Live-streaming from Studio Acusticum)

Telematic performances with the University Organ remotely controlled from several locations.


Scott Wilson, live coding, Birmingham (UK)

Mattias Petersson, live-coding, Piteå (SE)

Robert Ek, clarinet, Piteå (SE)

Stefan Östersjö, electric guitar, Stockholm (SE)

Federico Visi, electronics, electric guitar, Berlin (DE)


19:45-20:00 Break

20:00-21:00 Panel II. Network ecology: Communities of practice for the digital arts

Panelists: Shelly Knotts, Scott Wilson, Rebekah Wilson, Thor Magnusson, Mattias Petersson


Tuesday 27 October


13:00-14:30 Sound Art in Urban Spaces

13:00-13:30 Marcel Cobussen: Rethinking the Role of Sound Artists in Urban Ecologies

13:30-14:00 Georgios Varoutsos: Peace Wall Belfast: Spatial Audio Representation of Divided Spaces and Soundwalks

14:00-14:30 Katt Hernandez: Ephemeral worlds: The Transposition of Space onto Place (see further in the Listening Room)

14:30-14:45 Break

 14:45 Anders Lind and Cat Hope: pre concert talk



A collaboration between composers/researchers Anders Lind [SE], Cat Hope [AU] and musicians from the three ensembles Norrbotten Neo [SE], Mise-EN ensemble [US] and Decibel New Music Ensemble [AU].

Embracing Distance (2020) by Anders Lind for clarinets, percussion, bass flute, percussion, trombone, piano

Interference (2020) by Robert Ek for clarinet and electronics

The Rupture Exists (2020) by Cat Hope for clarinets, percussion, bass flute, percussion, trombone, piano


Robert Ek, clarinets, Norrbotten NEO (SE)

Daniel Saur, percussion, Norrbotten NEO (SE)

Cat Hope, bass flute, Decibel New Music Ensemble (AU)

Louise Devenish, percussion, Decibel New Music Ensemble (AU)

Yumi Suehiro, piano, Mise-EN ensemble (US)

Mark Broschinsky, trombone, Mise-EN ensemble (US)


15:45-16:00 Break

16:00-17:30 LECTURE-TRANSMISSION Kate Donovan & Gabi Schaffner: Site & Signal. Radio Art Ecologies

streaming address: https://frbb.out.airtime.pro/frbb_a
or http://fr-bb.org

Also broadcasting on 88.4 FM in Berlin, and 90.7 FM in Potsdam, Germany.


17:30-17:45 Break


Physically Distant #3: the network, the pandemic, and telematic performance

17:45-18:00 Marcin Pączkowski: Rehearsing music online: possibilities and limitations

18:00-19:00 Panel III. The network as place

Panelists: Luca Turchet Roger Mills, Chicks on Speed (Alex Murray-Leslie, Melissa Logan),  Ximena Alarcon Diaz,

Angela Rawlings/Halla Stefansdottir/David Brynjar, Maja Jantar, Marcin Paczkowski



‘iða’ (Icelandic) summons constant movement and ocean eddies through telematic performance of bodies proximal to the North Atlantic, Pacific Oceans and the Baltic Sea.

Live-stream whirlpool: improvised voice, violin, and prepared sounds, mediated by real-time score as collective composition.

Maja Jantar, performer and composer of visual score, Ghent (BE),

angela rawlings, performer and composer of visual score, Reykjavík (IS),

Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, performer and composer of visual score, Malmö (SE)

David Brynjar Franzson, technical concept and streaming, Los Angeles (US)


Link to the visual score


19:30-20:00  Break


20:00-21:00 Where do we go from here? (plenary discussion)

For more information, please contact: Prof. Stefan Östersjö, LTU, piteabiennial@gmail.com