Kim Hedås

Music from the project Skikt – architecture and music

Skikt is an artistic project, focusing on architecture and music, formed by architect Petra Gipp and composer Kim Hedås in 2011. The collaboration between the two artists has resulted in several new works, both temporary installations and permanent works. Project Skikt (in English: Stratum) explores how architecture/art and music/sound may gain widened dimensions as more layers are included in the totality.

Petra Gipp, architect, and Kim Hedås, composer, were in 2012 represented at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice with two new works: Part and Knot. The works have also been shown at exhibitions in Helsinki at the Museum of Finnish Architecture, and in Stockholm at Färgfabriken and at Arkitektur- och designcentrum.

Part is a structure consisting of eleven cast cubes with membranes made out of parchment. The music is composed using surround sound which is played through seven loudspeakers, five cast into the structure and two placed in the space. The structure is mounted in a grid of thin steel tubes, from the floor to the ceiling, which is part of the idea of a three dimensional score. Complementing the work is a plan which explicates the process through sections/plans/views, musical instructions and texts.

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Knot explores the reciprocity between the sound of a double choir and architecture arising from the interaction between a part cast in concrete and the other one cast in bronze, between the plan and the section which forms its counterpart. As they meet, a knot of void and matter emerges which frames the light from outside and allows it to play its way inwards together with the music.

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The two works constitute part of an artistic investigation which intend to explore how architecture/art and music/sound may be broadened as more layers are added to the whole. Sound and structure interact to create new sequences which together build a polyphonically shifting piece. The architecture is defined through the material and its relationship to the music which in turn is reinforced by the space. Part and Knot inquire whether these layers can enhance the understanding of an architectural work and a musical work respectively, whether their reciprocity can reinforce each individual piece.

The work Part was exhibited at the Palazzo Bembo as the only Swedish contribution at the exhibition ”Traces of Centuries & Future Steps” together with 57 architects from 26 different countries. Petra Gipp and Kim Hedås also participated with the work Knot at the Nordic Pavilion, where 32 Nordic architects were invited to the exhibition ”Light Houses”.

In Sweden, their work Refugium/Illusion is permanently shown at the Kivik Art Centre.

The entire form of Refugium is gathered around a nave made out of massive wood; between wood and concrete, a passage and an inner space are spun. As a staircase carves its way through the volume, it binds the structure even more tightly together, while it connects to the ground. The ceiling of the introvert room opens up from the wall to reveal a thin slice of the sky, a cut through where light trickles down. The boundary between what is inside and what is outside is erased. Illusion is a music installation, where the sound from six loudspeakers plays with the concepts of space and time. The perspectives shift constantly, and contrasting sounds are woven into a large, polyphonic structure. The natural sounds on site change through the musical shadings, and create a floating shape that gradually changes the listening experience. The music of Illusion will be experienced differently depending on when you start listening, where you are and how you navigate through the work.

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The project Skikt is made possible by support from the Music Development and Heritage Sweden, the Swedish Arts Council and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

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