New work / Disobedient Buildings
/ Open:
12-28 Nov – Van Etten, Oslo

Torn Tracks website

On the 12th of November, the exhibition Disobedient Buildings opened at Van Etten. Here, I’m showing a series of new site-specific sound works, that I was invited to make by the research project Disobedient Buildings and Van Etten Gallery.

The Disobedient Buildings research is a multi-sited project about housing, welfare and wellbeing based at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Launched in January 2020, the project employs a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and visual practitioners to study the impact of neo-liberal reforms over the past three decades on the everyday lived experiences of inhabitants of aging tower blocks in different European welfare states: the UK, Romania and Norway. In Oslo, this research is focused on the apartment blocks on Enerhaugen and their inhabitants.

To make my new works, I was given access to some of the material collected at Enerhaugen in Oslo, one of the research sites. With this as a starting point, I spend time in this neighborhood, recorded, did my own research, investigated the high rise buildings and eventually made a series of new sound works accompanied by a booklet. The sound works are presented on the Torn Tracks website, on a newly created view that allows the public to investigates the works and sounds through a kind of audio-map.

Van Etten Gallery is a non profit gallery space in Oslo, Norway, dedicated to contemporary art, and run by Katja van Etten Jarem and Øyvind Sørfjordmo.

The project is supported by the Municipality of Oslo, and the Norwegian Arts Council. 

Disobedient Buildings - booklet

Jiska Huizing & Rudi Valdersnes / SHAPE
/ 2021-2022

SHAPE 2021

Rudi and I are very excited to be a part of this year’s SHAPE artist roster

SHAPE is a platform for innovative music and audiovisual art from Europe. It consists of 16 festivals and art centres and aims to support, promote and exchange innovative and aspiring musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in sound. SHAPE attempts to present a variety of idiosyncratic music and sonic art from all over Europe, and provide audiences and professionals with insightful lectures, talks and workshops by experts in various fields related to sound and performance.

Each year, the 16 involved associations will collectively choose 48 creatively strong artists and musicians to participate in a mix of live performances, residencies, workshops and talks across festivals and special events.

The artist roster for this SHAPE-edition:

SHAPE Artist roster 2021

Jiska Huizing & Rudi Valdersnes:
You can listen to our music on here!

Color Your Quarantine
/ Ongoing collaboration with Regine Stensæth Josefsen

Together with friend and artist Regine Stensæth Josefsen I started the drawing project Color Your Quarantine

Are you stuck at home, but out of things to do? Soon in desperate need to make time pass? Are the kids begging you to play with them? Or are they tired of your bugging? Have your eyes popped out after too much Netflix (and chill?)? Have you started knitting clothes for your neighbor’s imaginary guinea pigs? Have you also started baking portraits of them in experimental bread format? Or maybe you just found yourself redecorating your living room for the fifth time in one week and now you are starting to feel like the furniture has feelings and that it’s constantly offended by you?

Well, fear no more!
Now you can buy our drawings and color them!

As we were spending most of our time at home these weeks, we started up this project. We have started to make drawings of our surroundings (who knew a refrigerator could be that interesting to look at if you look at it long enough?) and set up this website on which we can sell our drawings to people that might want to have something to do at home, have something new to look at, and to support the artist community in these strange times.

You can visit the Color Your Quarantine website here.