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shut up and listen! 2019


Transdisciplinary Festival for Music and Sound Art







Friday, December 6, 2019, 19:00

Johannes Bergmark

Fylkingen, the Text-Sound Art Pioneers and the avant-garde situation in Scandinavia
— Lecture and Sound Projections


[Johannes Bergmark | unknown-date-and-photographer]

[Johannes Bergmark - Voice and electronics performance at Fylkingen]


Fylkingen, the Text-Sound Art Pioneers and the avant-garde situation in Scandinavia

Lecture about the fylkingen language group and surrealism.

Selected Listening Examples:

Öyvind Fahlström
Fåglar i Sverige

Lars-Gunnar Bodin
For Jon III, Part1 (they extricated their extremities), Voice: Ray Bradfield, 1982
On Speaking Terms II, Poem 4 1986
On Speaking Terms II, Poem 5 1986

Sten Hanson
Dance figure (for EP), 1964-65
Variationer på ett tema av Laaban (Variations on a theme by Laaban) 2001
The NewYork lament 1981

Åke Hodell
General Bussig (General Buddy-Buddy) (part 1, part3), 1963
USS Pacific Ocean, 1968
Spirit of Ecstasy, Racing Car Opera, 1977
Mr Smith in Rhodesia

Bengt Emil Johnson
Jakter (Hunts), 4/1970
Night Chants
Vittringar (Scents)

Ilmar Laaban
Tre brev från den dove (Three Letters from the Dull), 1969
I revolutionens snö (In the Snow of Revolution), 1969
Partenza 1991
Dès que les dés
Job och objektet
onotaurus och stararna

Johannes Bergmark

Johannes Bergmark makes, among many other things, surrealist musical object theatre with an evolutionary meta-instrument or amplified stage called the Platform. With his main activity as an improvising musician, experimental musical instruments-, sound sculptures/-installations/-environments maker, writer and electroacoustic- and text-sound-composer, he has developed over butoh, sound poetry, jester theatre and performance art into a kind of audiovisual object theatre performed as a concert but with a setting as a surrealist puppet play of toys, tools, kitchen utensils, materials, weird and kitsch decorative things and junk found on streets and flea markets. The objects bring their history and connotations as well as their often microscopic sound potentials on the little stage, made from a cupboard door with a hidden contact microphone under the floor (usually amplified without any electronic treatments), suspended over the table with a clamp like a springboard into a poor man's utopia where the junk will dance its own dance. JB has been an increasingly touring free lance musician since he graduated as a piano builder in 1996. He also lectures, makes pedagogical projects and workshops, usually focusing on untraditional acoustics, using also traditional crafts and basic sound technology, hoping to unfold a world where knowledge, skill, inspiration and surprise can meet and develop together and to inspire people to create their own poor man's utopias out of available resources. In his attitude a surrealist as well as a skeptic, rather than an artist. He resides in Stockholm, where he is active in the association for radical and experimental art, Fylkingen (chairman twice), at the Electronic Music Studio, in the Swedish skeptics' association Vetenskap och Folkbildning and The Surrealist Group in Stockholm.


Johannes Bergmark's festival participation has been supported by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.