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Gunhild Mathea Olaussen – Sounding Matter

January 23, 2020


Next weekend an exhibition by Gunhild Mathea Olaussen opens at Galleri F15. The three works in the exhibition are the outcomes of her artistic research fellowship at the Norwegian Theatre Academy. I have had the great pleasure of following her work over several years os one of three superviosrs, alongside Karen Kipphoff and Christian Blom.



Galleri F 15
1. Feb – 15.Mar

The Sounding Matter exhibition comprises three sculptural sound installations which approach the subject of ‘us and our surroundings’ in various ways. The title refers to sounds that occur in encounters between rooms and materials, as well as to the viewer’s active search and ability to listen using the body. Listening is key to Olaussen’s artistic exploration, and in this exhibition, she works with the staging of rooms through sound, minimalist sculpture and dramaturgical structures. Sounding Matter is an extensive exhibition filling both floors of the gallery and forms part of Gunhild Mathea Olaussen’s PhD project at the Norwegian Theatre Academy. She will be defending her doctoral dissertation in March 2020.

The exhibition is supported by Arts Council Norway, the Audio-Visual Fund of Norway and NBK – Norwegian Visual Artists.

Curator: Maria C. Havstam


Gunhild Mathea Olaussen (b.1983) works with installation, composition and performance. She explores soundscapes where space, materials, the body and time are treated as equal components. She is driven by an interest for the tactile, sensual perception and social dramaturgy. Olaussen is currently an artistic research fellow at the Norwegian Theatre Academy.


Saturday, 14 March
at 12 noon and 3 pm
Interference, a musical work by Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen, will be performed within the exhibition.

Sunday, 15 March

at 12.30-12.50 pm, 1.30-1.50 pm, 2.30-2.50 pm and 3.30-3.50 pm
Musicians Bernt Isak Wærstad, Kristine Tjøgersen, Jan Martin Smørdal and dancer Magnus Myhr will be performing within the work called Resonance. Visitors can come and go as they please.