The Ultima festival 2021, running from 16th to 25th September in Oslo (NO) hosts two activities linked to the development of young audiences and the “Replay the Cultural Heritage” program of the ULYSSES Network :
© Atle Næsheim
Every year the Ultima festival invites a high school in Oslo to work together on a “Remake” project. A group of high school students (age 16-19) participates in a series of workshops led by an artist/composer/mentor.
This year the students from the “Art, Design & Architecture” – program at the Elvebakken High School work with composer and artist Marianne Stranger and her work Vannverk (Waterwork), and create an exhibition that is presented during the festival period. I attach a picture from the first workshop in May, where they worked with water and graphic scores.
On the basis of a reference work presented at this year´s festival, the students are engaged to experiment, explore and learn about contemporary music in practical ways. Together with the artist/composer/mentor and teachers at the high school the students get to know the work´s political, social, thematical, and artistic aspects and reflect on the work´s context linked to their own experiences and everyday life. The students then contribute in making their independent interpretation (a remake) of the reference work.
The workshop sessions are organized prior to the festival, and the project results in a public concert, installation, or presentation that is presented during the festival period.
Opening of the exhibition 16th of September at 4 pm (open to 10 pm)
Exhibition open every day after this from 17th-25th of September 12 pm -10 pm I Gullhallen, Sentralen, Oslo
Further information can be found here.
Replay Cultural Heritage at Ultima Children´s Day
Every year Ultima invites a group of school children (age 4-13) to participate in a workshop series, led by an artist/composer/educator .
On the basis of one pre-chosen relevant reference work, the children are encouraged to experiment, explore and learn about contemporary music in practical ways. Together with the artist/composer/educator, the children contribute to a re-make of this contemporary music work.
Along with the performance of the reference work, Ultima hosts an audience participatory, creative activity led by an art/music educator.
Within this participatory drop-in workshop activity, the children are given the opportunity to engage with the reference work and create their own work(s) on that basis.
This year four workshops are organized, where the children have the opportunity to make a Remake of the Remake. They are invited to see the Remake exhibition in Gullhallen before creating a new remake of it in the workshops led by Jon Halvor Bjørnseth.
On this occasion, they get the chance to play and compose music on special designed, “homemade” instruments.
The workshop sessions take place in the run-up to the Ultima Children’s Day, within the festival period.
19th of September at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm in P3, Sentralen, Oslo
Further information on Ultima’s website.
© Marianne Stranger