Nils Henrik Asheim: Organotopia

A day-long magical mystery tour packed with organ-ised chaos

Saturday, 17 September, at 12:00–23:55

Showings and tickets

Saturday, 17/09


A 12 hour long ‘happening’ taking over Oslo’s Paulus church and its surrounding park Birkelunden in Grünerløkka.

Nils Henrik Asheim: Organotopia (2022, WP)
Devised by the organist, composer and improvisator Nils Henrik Asheim, Organotopia overlays the parkland and church interior with a shifting landscape in which the audience can move at will over the span of a whole day and evening.

You will experience a dynamic environment made up of live music, loudspeaker installations, view projections and performances popping up everywhere. In this twelve hour event the architects Søstra100 will build and transform the park.

Inside the church, organ music and the human voice are the red threads. Elements of classical music are fused into a new composition for keyboard instruments, which also alternate with vocalists who represent different cultures and identities. Fragments of the concert in the church will be broadcast simultaneously into the park, in an electronically remixed transformation, via surround sound systems, as well as from the church tower.

In the week leading up to the main event, the park will gradually fill up with various scenographic elements and objects. These are inspired by conversations with people who use the park, in which they narrate memories associated with the place, as well as its history and its different uses. These stories can be foøund, with visual interpretations, at, where you can keep track of the project’s development leading up to the concert.

City parks are public places and are often loaded with a vivid history. Organotopia investigates how past, present and the potential utopian future can tell us something about common ownership. Is public ownership the same as genuine collective ownership?

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12.00: I begynnelsen
12.40: Sofia Jernberg
13.00: Koralens øye
13.40: Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer
14.00: Nabo til Mozart
14.40: Det norske jentekor
15.00: El-orgel piknik
Reshail Mansoor
Grieg i et landskap
Juliana Venter
Simin Tander
Håkon Kornstad
Halvor Håkanes
Widors industrier
Evelina Petrova
Fugens flukt
Øystein Elle
Wagners fontene
Marja Mortensson
Summen av det hele

Nils Henrik Asheim. Photo: Line Owren.

Søstra100. Photo: Thomas Isak Jannesønn Johansen.

Birkelunden. Photo: Vetle Aakre Laupsa.

Concept, artistic direction, music

  • Nils Henrik Asheim

Visual direction, design

  • Mira Hahn & Stina Molander Skavlan (Søstra100) and Julie Barfod

Lighting, projections

  • Boya Bøckman


  • Roza Moshtaghi

Sound design/remix

  • Øyvind Brandtsegg

Vocal soloists

  • Sofia Jernberg, Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer, Det norske jentekor, Reshail Mansoor, Juliana Venter, Simin Tander, Håkon Kornstad, Halvor Håkanes, Evelina Petrova, Øystein Elle, Marja Mortensson

Organ/keyboard musicians

  • Jean-Baptiste Monnot, Susanne Kujala, Hampus Lindwall, Guoste Tamulynaite, Daniel Buner Formo, Jonas Cambien, Vojtěch Procházka, Nils Henrik Asheim

Dancers from BA contemporary, Khio, Oslo National Academy of the Arts

  • Sara Sandvik Arnestad, Arian Solomon Jenssen Etemady, Clara Victoria Fischer, Claudia Fiorio, Inger Flotve, Aasa Frøystein, Johannes Gudbrandsen-Stavland, Andreas Holme Kjærland, Katja Weber McGunnigle, Wiktor Matulewicz, Ida Mogensen, Mila Piljevic, Oda Rognø, Jill Sira, Maria da Silva Viegas, Oskar Vigren

In collaboration with

  • Oslo arkitekturtriennale, Khio, NTNU, Notam, Elvebakken skole, Nøkkel til byen/TrAP, Paulus kirke mv.

Supported by

  • Kulturrådet (The Grammar of Ornament)