Ultima på Deichman

A day of music at Bjørvika

Saturday, 23 September, at 12:00–17:00

For one activity-packed day, Deichman Bjørvika Library is transformed into a live concert venue and audio research centre. We have programmed live music, talks and screenings all over the building, and people of all ages, from kids to adult music lovers, will find something to get involved in here.

Ultima Travel Agency
11–17.00 Torget / 1st

Drop in to Ultima’s dedicated travel bureau to get info on all our concerts and events, book places on walks and workshops, and create your own t-shirt with your favourite illustration from this years’s Ultima 2023 website.

NB: Bring your own blank t-shirt!

Children’s programme:

Deichman’s Barnas Lørdag: Always, and Never the Same (junior version)

12–12:30 Deichmansalen / Basement
Welcome to the this kids’ concert for the whole family! Simone Hooymans, who has made the video Talking Plants, screening in the library’s 2nd floor, is the VJ for Always, and Never the Same, a folk-inspired concert for children with Ensemble neoN and Benedicte Maurseth.

NB: It’s free to get in, but if you want to be sure of getting a place, you’ll need a ticket. Tickets will only be available on the day from 08.00. Unclaimed tickets will be given away at 12.00. Doors open 15 minutes beforehand. Reserve tickets here

13-15:00 Cinema / Basement
Music Films for Children:

The Microtone – premiere
Music by Eivind Buene, performed by Sanae Yoshida.

Simone Hooymans: Animation Films
NB: The film programme will be shown twice, 13–14.00 and 14–15.00

For young people and adults

Christina Kubisch: Electrical Walks
12–17:00 Around the library
Wander round Deichman wearing headphones designed by sound artist Christina Kubisch and listen to the building’s electromagnetic sounds. The sound walks are guided by Kubisch. They start each half hour from 12h to 17h, with a short break between 14h30 -15h. Meeting point: Ultima’s travel agency / Torget.

NB. Registration needed. Meet up 15 minutes before at Ultima’s travel agency in the 1st floor / Torget. First come, first served! The tour is in English and children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a parent.

Workshop: Electrical Mixerspace
12–14:30 and 15–17:00 Sound studio / 3rd floor
Go into Electrical Mixerspace and remix your own music with sounds from Christina Kubisch’s electromagnetic sounds database.

Systerspel: Book talk with Benedicte Maurseth
13–13:30 Musikkavdelingen / 3rd floor
A conversation moderated by Ane Marthe Sørlien with folk musician Benedicte Maurseth, author of the book Systerspel, which shines a light on the many women in Norwegian folk music who have up till now been left out of the official music history.

14–17:00 Future Library / 5th
Hear timeless music from tuba trio Microtub.

Arshia Haq: Discostan
14.30–15:00 Musiikkavdeling / 3rd floor
Global sounds from Arshia Fatima Haq’s Discostan is broadcast throughout the library. Discostan is a diasporic discotheque featuring soundscapes from the past, present and future, from Beirut to Bangkok to Bombay.

Notam art films
15.30–17:00 Cinema / Basement
The Norwegian Centre for Technology in Music and Art (Notam) curates a screening with new short films by WET crew and Kris Kuldepp focusing on the interaction of image and sound.

Chamber music: North
16–16:30 Deichmansalen
Ensemble Temporum take us on a trip from north to south, with the brand new work North by Finnish composer Lauri Supponen, plus music by Kaija Saariaho, and Brazilian composer Michelle Magalhães.




Electrical secrets

Working with Christina Kubisch’s electrical walks was so much fun! It opened up a secret world of sound in our everyday environment which I had no idea existed. It’s scary to think how much electromagnetism we are exposed to in our daily lives. So this project is doing an important service. And I learned a lot about mixing sounds too. Come back next year!



Surprised by sound

I was in the library by chance to borrow a book on financial investments. As I was browsing the shelves I became distracted by some strange sounds coming from another floor of the library. Was that music? Not the sort that I am familiar with, but it was actually rather lovely. Then I found out that there were things going on all over the library. I forgot about the book and joined some children hearing Benedicte Maurseth’s folk music piece. I also enjoyed the music based on Finnish poetry. I think I’ll take more notice of new music from now on!

Christina Kubisch I Photo: Paul Frank

Ensemble neoN I Photo: Anna-Julia Granberg / Blunderbuss

Simone Hooymans, Talking Plants I Photo: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Microtub I Foto: Juliane Schütz

Arshia Fatima Haq I Photo: Sinziana Velicescu

Benedicte Maurseth I Photo: Pål Laukli

Lauri Supponen I Photo: Heli Hirvelä

Ensemble Temporum I Photo: Stig M. Weston


Ensemble neoN, Ensemble Temporum, Microtub, Benedicte Maurseth, Arshia Fatima Haq


Christina Kubisch, Benedicte Maurseth, Michelle Magalhães, Kaja Saariaho, Lauri Supponen

Sound design and workshop leader 'Electrical Mixerspace'

Tom Thiel

Video Designer 'Always, and never the same'

Simone Hooymans

In collaboration with

Deichman Bjørvika, ULYSSES Network, Notam, Northern Connection

Supported by

Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Goethe-Institut

Video artists

Wet Crew, Kris Kuldkepp