Amos Gebhardt

Solveig

Solveig is an ecosystem.

Everyone who engages impacts its ecology.

In Antarctica, penguins cluster for warmth, performing intricate choreography allowing them to share resources and survive in an extreme climate. The penguins’ social design patterns create a score for Solveig.

Three musicians play. Every sound they make is collected in a system of infinite sustain. It’s clear that tiny acts have long-term, cumulative repercussions.

Slowly shifting colour pulsations are fed by this live sound: haunting colour spectrums, almost coalescing into occasional images, before dispersing once more into light.

Both sound and vision are data driven by scientific information collected from a twelve-month cycle on Antarctica.

This collaboration between scientific and artistic communities aims to generate empathy with our ecosystem.

Solveig creates an experience which develops a sensory understanding of human impact on our earth, drawing audiences into a personal connection to Antarctica. It highlights the interconnectedness of all things, our current complicity in this fragile continent’s endangerment, and ways that individuals and communities can make a difference.

Solveig expands and contracts in different contexts, like the continent that inspires it. It can be experienced in live, installation and digital forms.

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Musical sketch 1: work in progress

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Musical sketch 2: work in progress

Solveig is a work whose conception and creation began before COVID-19, and continues through this period of confinement. The creative team are spread across multiple countries: Australia, Norway, UK. We’re working in collaboration with a community of scientists (SCAR:  Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research), who are based on all continents. Solveig reaches far, in concept and reality.

Solveig is produced by Martel Ollerenshaw under the banner of Arts & Parts Ltd (UK). 

It’s created by

Genevieve Lacey (Australia)
Amos Gebhardt (Australia)
Paul Grabowsky (Australia)
Daniel Herskedal (Norway)
Max de Wardener (UK)
Jim Atkins (Australia)
in collaboration with Steven Chown, Professor of Biological Sciences and President of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (Australia).

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Musical sketch 3: work in progress

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Musical sketch 4: work in progress

Steven Chown