Bergen Open Form Pavilion of Air / Bergen Åpen Form Paviljong av Luft

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Bergenhus Festning, Bergen, Norway

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An overview of the Open Form Pavilion of Air series via RTÉ Culture (Irish BBC/NRK equivalent):

“Bergen Åpen Form Paviljong av Luft” (Bergen Open Form Pavilion of Air) is a floating roof of sound extending over Bergenhus Festning Sverresborg, triggered by GPS and accessed via a smartphone, headphones and the app. This audiowork developed with Bergen Arkitekthøgskole is one of 15 locations in 9 countries in the pan-European Open Form Pavilion of Air series, using sound and site-mapping to offer a playful renewal and reframing of public space as an essential place of engagement for the community. The series and its name draws on Oskar & Zofia Hansen’s “Open Form” architecture as well as the specific connection that the Hansens and Open Form in general have to the foundation work and formation of the Bergen Arkitekthøgskole (Bergen School of Architectur)e through Svein Hatløy – the only architecture school worldwide to currently teach “Open Form” as a living architectural practice and concept.

By walking through different zones atop Bergenhus Festning Sverresborg while using your mobile phone, the Echoes app and headphones, you become a participatory listener producing a composition in real-time. Your navigation creates a unique choreography via GPS, combining and changing sounds mapped along the site outside the main building through the app. Hear this hilltop and harbourside location and its context become transformed by the sounds forming this floating acoustic architecture, revealing an immersive, profoundly spatial and physical experience. The Pavilion has no visible presence outside the app and can only be accessed and enjoyed on-site in Sverresborg.


Developed in association with Bergen School of Architecture (Norway) as part the Cross Course with students Petter Takvam, Vida Boogh & Gunhild Korsøen

Robert Curgenven

Robert Curgenven

Robert Curgenven is an Ireland-based, Australian-born artist producing albums, performances and installations. His work emphasizes physicality, our embodied response to sound and its correspondence to location, air, weather and architecture. His recorded o...

Near Bergenhus Festning, Bergen, Norway

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