silence & failure

launch programme
a collaborative event with lydgalleriet bergen
saturday november 14th 18.30-22.30  (GMT+1)


join us for the launch of two new speakerspeaker journals and for an evening of live performance, readings, sounds and listening as we navigate around the topics of silence & failure. Questioning: how could silence be a place of resistive possibility? and what are the boundaries of success? click the links below for more information  on each journal:

silence                 failure

speakerspeaker is a platform for experimental writing, conversation & sound artwork exploring urgent topics through a collection of voices. speakerspeaker is a not-for profit project supporting artists and writers to produce new and experimental texts and sounds. All money made from the sales of books goes back into paying more artists and writers to produce.

Books cost 100NOK . If you live in Bergen and would like to purchase a book you can vipps: 48689194,  stating which edition you would like to buy, books can be collected from aerial on c.sundsgate 38. If you live outside Bergen you can buy books on the speakerspeaker online shop, here.

T-shirts featured are made by artists Sigrid Lerche and can be purchased via vipps: 48689194 (please state which t-shirt you would like to purchase in the notes) If you live outside of Norway and would like to buy a t-shirt, please email:

Thank you to all the artists, writers and muscians for their contributions, and to Lydgalleriet, aerial, after school special, BEK, Bergen Kommune & Kulturradet for their kind support.

T-Shirts by Sigrid Lerche

Sound-work listening session with Magdaléna Manderlová

Magdaléna Manderlová (b.1991 in the Czech Republic) is an artist based in Trondheim, Norway. Along with an MFA degree from the University of Ostrava, Czech Republic (2015), and an MFA degree from Kunstakademiet i Trondheim, NTNU (2018), she also has a musical background as a singer-songwriter and was active in the Czech indie scene 2010-18. In recent years, she has been performing in the context of experimental music. Her artistic practice is engaged with in-depth field investigations, grounded in listening practice. She is inspired by and her work is formed by deep listening and acoustic ecology. Her works often take form as site-specific sound installations or sonic essays which are composed of field recordings, poetic language, reflections, and musical elements.

For the piece for speakerspeaker podcast themed on failure, I got inspired by the sonic quality of panning - in which the sound is getting in and out of phase. I looked at it as a metaphor for constant failing and beginning.

Dance and voice performance with Lisa Colette Bysheim & Putli Hellesen

Lisa Colette Bysheim is a dancer and choreographer based in Oslo & Bergen, Norway. Her artistic practice spans from creating her own work, performing for others to collaborative creations. To date she’s been involved in several dance projects for film, gallery, stage and site specific works presented nationally and internationally. Her latest solo work Ekko II was co-produced by BIT Teatergarasjen and Kunstgarasjen in Bergen in 2019, touring to Oslo, Venice and Moss. Bysheim was recently selected to be a part of The Norwegian National Ballet´s initiativ Kvinnelig Koreografisk Satsning 2020.

Bysheim is currently exploring the complexity of entangled materials; words, sounds and movements. She is particularly interested in the relationship between spoken words and movement, questioning engrained hierarchies and power dynamics in our social codes. Bysheim is currently doing a Masters in Choreography at The National Arts Academy Oslo, graduating spring 2021.
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Putli Jasmine B. Hellesen received her BA from The Norwegian University College of Dance in 2018. Since then she has freelanced as a dance teacher and dancer in Norway. In 2019 she performed at Oslo Jazz Dance Festival in “Mens verden går forbi” and at CODA Oslo International Dance Festival during “Untaming tradition” in the Sami choreographer Elle Sofe’s piece “Don’t judge the dog by its fur” which will tour in 2021 through DKS Trøndelag. Putli is currently taking her MA in Performative Dance at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and will graduate in June 2021. 

Language is only a part of what is going on is an improvisation score developed by Lisa Colette Bysheim for Speaker Speaker. It´s an experiment attempting to play with the construction of language and deconstruction of meaning and linearity within spoken words and movement. The experiment is looking at the hierarchy within language and choreography. The score was based on a reading of deconstruction theory and layering several  choreographic tasks together. The interest in playing with ambiguous text and choreography is to open and expand the experience of navigating through layers of meaning.
Credits:Concept: Lisa Colette BysheimDance: Putli Hellesen & Lisa Colette BysheimVideo work: Takumi Morozumi

Performative reading with Robert Carter & Pedro Riva

Robert Carter reads ‘Broccoli’ from speakerspeaker accompanied by Pedro Riva
Robert is an artist and a writer working in printmaking, film and performance.Pedro is his neighbour.
Pedro is an artist interested in the structure of language and the language of structure.
Robert is his neighbour.

Listening session with Emilie Wright

Emilie Wright is an artist based in Bergen whose practice is formed through a translation and mediation of time and experience within the sonic encounter. Through an investigation of materials, data, machines and their relations to humans, their work explores ecological, political and cultural impacts within natural environments and domestic spaces.
kal - eh’ -o forms part of an ongoing research project based upon experimental vocal work and acoustic architectures that draw upon personal and collective experiences of memory, grief and melancholy.

Listening session with Hanne Lippard

Hanne Lippard (NO/DE), born in 1984 in Milton Keynes, GB, lives and works in Berlin. Lippard’s practice explores the voice as a medium. Her education in graphic design informs how language can be visually powerful; her texts are visual, rhythmic, and performative rather than purely informative, and her work is conveyed through a variety of disciplines, which include short films, sound pieces, installations and performance. Her most recent performances and exhibitions include RIBOCA2, Riga (2020) ART 4 ALL, Hamburger Bahnhof, (2020) Our present, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Siegen (2020) Parades for FIAC, Palais de la Découverte (2019), Art Night London (2019) Goethe in the Skyways, Minneapolis, (2019), n.b.k. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, (2019) Nam June Paik Award 2018, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2018), Ulyd, Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger and FriArt, Friboug (2018), Voici Des Fleurs, La Loge, Brussels (2018) Blind Faith, Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2018) Coast Contemporary (2017), Norsk Skulpturbiennale, Oslo (2017) Pocket, SALTS, Basel (2017); Flesh, KW, Berlin (2017) ars viva 2016; Index— The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (2016); AUTOOFFICE, *KURATOR, Rapperswil (2016); Fluidity, Kunstverein, Hamburg (2016); Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (2016); 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2015); The Future of Memory, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2015); Transmediale, Berlin (2015); Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, (2015); UKS, Oslo (2014); Berliner Festspiele, Berlin (2013)

Performative reading with Danja Burchard

Danja Burchard dedicates her time to performative investigation and creative production. She investigates speculative narratives of material and immaterial spaces and questions the architecture and construction of body, identity and the physicality of thought.

Listening session with Salomé Voegelin

Perform silence
Silence performed
Silenced performed
This brief intervention, composed for the launch of the latest issue of SpeakersSpeakers, no. 3, entitled silence, performs and reads silence/d. From texts, works and scored instructions it resounds different silences, written, sounded and thought. It does so not to sound the absent or the unheard, but to prompt th beginning of listening with an expanded ear that tries to hear beyond the expected what appears inaudible but remains unheard only because we cannot or do not want to access it.

DJ set with Said Warya

Said Warya is a Bergen-based DJ/producer and one of the faces behind Svette Føtter. To end the evening he will lead us into the night with an electronic hypnotic atmosphere.