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Abandonment to Utopia

-A part of UTOPIAN TAKEOVER

The imagined, the utopian, the unreal, are guiding our movement towards a desired projection of reality. As we move, we look for a different community, at times one yet to come. This conversation will address these utopias and dystopias of the musicians’ life and work. 

Before the talk between the two artists, the audience will enjoy Daisuke Kuji’s film Meeting uncle Yuji.

About the film: The director, a former insurance man in Tokyo, took a chance to build a new life as an artist in Norway. He recollects a vague childhood memory of his uncle Yuji, the Tokyo hippie who left for New York to play salsa in Spanish Harlem in the late 70’s. The director documents his first meeting with Yuji in his NY apartment and is confronted with the life of a solitary artist who, for the past 40 years, has chosen not to perform for an audience. Instead, he has been working six days a week in Japanese restaurants, but always using his one-day off to create music.

Daisuke Kosugi – (born 1984, Tokyo; lives and works in Oslo, Norway) graduated from Oslo National Academy of The Arts. In film, sculpture, performance and text, Kosugi constructs seductive scenarios that entail an underlying conflict between personal freedom and systems. Whether by portraying how creativity is mined by the creative industry in a Post-Fordist labour market, or through a narrative of creativity that is not convertible to economic or cultural measures of productivity, Kosugi unpacks these struggles through the lives of individuals. His semi-autobiographical films guide audiences through intimate experiences where the conflict is rendered bodily and emotional. Through layers of fiction and non-fiction he constructs a self-reflective mode of viewing, a method of storytelling developed from his interest in empathy and the incommunicability of pain. He is co-founder of the Louise Dany initiative in Oslo together with Ina Hagen. His work has been presented at: Centre Pompidou, Paris; LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival), Norway; CPH:DOX 2017 (Special mentioned in NEW:VISION Award); 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016) among others. His new mid-length film “A False Weight”(2019) will be presented in upcoming solo exhibitions at Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux; Museo Amparo Puebla, México and Fotogalleriet , Oslo this fall.


SSina Winter is a black metal musician, song writer, guitarist, vocalist and lyricist from Tehran/Iran. Since black metal music is banned by the Iranian regime, he started his music career as an underground black metal band back in 2003 by releasing his albums through label companies abroad for almost 9 years. In 2010 he started his new band “From The Vastland” as an one man-band which brought him an adventurous trip to Norway in 2013 to play his very first concert in one of the biggest extreme metal festivals “Inferno Metal Festival” in Oslo. It all happened when he also became one of the main characters in the award winning Norwegian documentary movie about black metal called “Blackhearts”. In January 2014 he moved to Norway as the first SafeMuse’s residence artist to continue his music career in Norway due to his risky situation in his homeland, especially after playing his show at Inferno festival and the big attention he got from the media. Now he works with known and professional Norwegian black metal musicians like Tjalve (Ex-Den Saakaldte/ Ex-1349), Spektre (Gaahlswyrd/Horizon Ablaze/Harm), Destructhor (Myrkskog/Ex-Morbid Angel, Zyklon) and Vyl (Gorgoroth/Ex-Keep of kalessin).

Moderator: Camille Norment– Working with sound and music in forms including composition, performance, and sound related artworks, and text, Camille Norment utilizes the sonic as a mode of socio-cultural investigation – particularly instances of sonic and social dissonance. Current works continue her exploration of the feedback loop in relation to sound, revolution, and evolution. Camille Norment performs worldwide with a range of musicians from Ryuichi Sakamoto, to David Toop, from Craig Taborn, to Oslo’s own noise guitarist Håvard Skaset. Camille Norment is currently developing sonic art commissions for the Whitney Museum, the Dia Art Foundation in New York, and the Hayward Gallery in London amongst other projects. Her exhibitions and performances have been experienced in institutions and biennials worldwide including the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the Kochi-Muziris Biennial in Kochi, India, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, to name a few. In 2015, Camille Norment represented Norway in the 56th Venice Biennial of Art with a solo project in the Nordic Pavilion.

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