BUD (Ultima Children’s Day)
15/9, 12.00 – 16.00
Ultima’s very own children’s contemporary music fest is taking place for the sixth year in a row. Once again we offer a packed day of musical activities, encouraging the kids to migrate around Sentralen’s many spaces, making stuff, listening to unfamiliar and exciting sounds and experiencing new worlds. BUD takes place all over Sentralen and will include the chance for children to reinterpret some of the main works in the Ultima programme in their own special way.
There will also be the usual mix of films, instruments to try out, food and drink, and other fun activities that will help your child to take refuge in a wide world of adventurous sound and music. And don’t forget to check out the two amazing Ultima installations in Sentralen and the same time – Laurie Anderson’s To the Moon and Jacob Kirkegaard’s Testimonium!
13.15 & 14.45
Blåbærtoppen Spelemannslag is a very musical family of four who play their own blend of Norwegian and Swedish folk music as well as making up their own. Despite including two of Norway’s finest musicians (Frode Haltli and Maja S.K. Ratkje), it’s their ten year old daughter Marte who’s in charge here! The audience can also join in and improvise.
Frida Helene Haltli (12) – violin, vocals
Marte Ingeborg Haltli (10) – violin, trumpet, conductor
Frode Haltli – accordion, trombone
Maja S.K. Ratkje – violin and more
Skikkelig Speisa Opplegg (Really Weird Experience!)
12.00 – 16.00
Step into the drum machines!
What’s it like to carry a sound? What’s it like inside a drum machine? In the interactive music installation Speisa, the normal roles are reversed – you can be the composers, and the room is your instrument. Grab a ‘pling’, a ‘pling’ or a ‘boom’ and place it wherever you like. What is it that makes you want to jump around and dance? When does it become a hullaballoo, and what can grow out of that? Speisa is a musical experiment that’s all about having fun being creative with friends and family.
Speisa is a project by Aleksander Vassdal, Ørjan Laxaa, Einar Lukerstuen and Eivind Johansson Vullum.
12.00 – 16.00 with breaks
12.15 concert by pupils from Oslo kulturskole
The Gigantar is a massive guitar decorated with loads of weird sound objects and home made string instruments. Now you can try it out yourself! At BUD we’ll make new music for a Gigantar Orchestra, and you can help and play along with guitarist Are Lothe Kolbeinsen, Jon Halvor Bjørnseth from Drivhuset music workshop and a group of Kulturskole guitarists led by Åsmund Stener-Olsen. A whopping five metres long, this incredible instrument acts as a giant amplifier, and you can hear all the sounds from the tiny instruments hanging off it in fine detail. Everyone can have a go, and we’ll be recording the results for Drivhuset’s website!
Mia og Trollfrabrikken (Mia and the Troll Factory)
12.30 & 14.00
Kids’ book author Gudrun Skretting and composer Henrik Skram have teamed up to create this musical event for the whole family. This exciting story of Mia and her underground adventures in search of the tooth fairy – or something else – is performed by two actors and a small orchestra.
Gudrun Skretting – lyrics
Henrik Skram – music
Sunniva DuMond Nordal & Espen Løvås – actors
Kim Haugen – director
Ingrid Nylander – costumes, scenography
Musicians from Oslo Philharmonic
Pupils from local schools present music and musical dramas they have written and produced themselves, along with musicians Sigrun Rogstad Gomnæs, Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen , Guro Moe and Håvard Skaset.
Superhelt vs. Superskurk
Class 5C, Bekkestua Barneskole
Class 6C, Sinsen skole
Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang: To the Moon
P1 (floor 4+)
12.00 – 16.00
A fantasy voyage to the moon!
American artist, musician and modern day storyteller Laurie Anderson was NASA’s first artist in residence in 2004, and To the Moon draws on her experiences exploring the archives and inner life of the space programme. In this amazing 15 minute virtual reality journey, created in collaboration with Taiwanese electronic media artist Hsin-Chien Huang, viewers wearing VR goggles will blast off into weightless space and float around the artists’ fantasy moon – the focus of our romantic aspirations as well as a potential future site of dystopian desolation.
Entry: Duration - 15 minutes approx. The audience will be admitted in groups of four, every 20 minutes.
Jacob Kirkegaard: Testimonium
12.00 – 16.00
In his new audio-visual installation Testimonium, Danish artist Jacob Kirkegaard confronts the global challenge of how human waste and pollution are treated. Via vibration sensors inside piles of trash and huge incinerators, underwater microphones in polluted rivers and sewage basins, and mics picking up windswept soundscapes of burning plastic, and hand-sorted streams of glass, tin and plastic, Kirkegaard builds a vivid testimony, looking back at our planet from an imaginary future. Using recordings and video of refuse and wastewater facilities in Denmark and Latvia, as well as the Dandora Dump Site in Nairobi, Kenya (one of the world’s largest dumping grounds), Kirkegaard’s piece traces the journeys, transformations and persistence of human waste.
In collaboration with Oslo-Filharmonien, Drivhuset and Skapia.
Supported by Ulysses Network and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
(Photo: Ingeborg Løvåsen)