NorthArbeid: Blogging live from Mu (12.2.2006, 20:35 UTC)
Some time ago I wrote an entry called Arbeid, which was about working in Norway. Tonight I'm updating you on that subject, from my place of work. Yes, I'm blogging to you live from behind the bar at Sound of Mu. It's 8.30pm and there are eight people drinking here.
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North(untitled entry) (5.2.2006, 13:16 UTC)
This week I went to the funeral of a woman I worked with in London. Her husband was Norwegian, so the funeral was here in Oslo. When I think of the nice things she had said to me before I moved here, and of her love for Norway, it was obvious to me she would have liked me to attend.
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NorthTakras (29.1.2006, 12:41 UTC)
Ok, so I was in the Sound of Mu, opening the bar for the day. Petter was there, folding a piece of A4 paper in half. "How long have you been in Norway?" he asked. "Since June," I replied. So this was my first winter. He said he'd have to introduce me to a feature of Norwegian winter called takras. It was raining outside, indicating both that the temperature had risen, and that the snow was beginning to melt. This meant the ice on the roofs would become unstuck - and fall off. Petter and I we...
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NorthSnø (22.1.2006, 08:33 UTC)
O snow, thou art warm. Someone said to me that the bleak, depressing part of winter is not now, in the cold, but earlier in winter, before the solstice, when the days are getting darker. Now, when it's -8 degrees, the snow, a white blanket, brings more reflective light. Also, each day now is a little brighter, leading to spring. Oslo folk found a way to love the snow. They go cross-country skiing on the well-lit tracks outside the city.
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NorthVår Frelsers Gravlund (15.1.2006, 14:18 UTC)
("Our Saviour's Graveyard"). This graveyard, established in 1808, is Oslo's most famous cemetery, and many of the great Norwegians of history are buried here. On this 'warm' January afternoon (it's about 7 degrees, and there isn't any snow), I take a stroll through the Gate of the Abandoned Glove... Of course, that's not its official name, but there's a hardened, weather-beaten and presumably abandoned glove on the gate and it doesn't look like it's going to be removed any time soon.
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NorthBack to Norway (8.1.2006, 19:30 UTC)
Yes, "Back to Norway!" as Klaus Dinger from Neu! so memorably hollered in song. I've been out of the country for two weeks, and now I have returned. Everything here in Oslo seems pretty much the way I left it, but in the first hours after my arrival, it seemed like I'd lived a whole life in the interim, like I'd been away in Ireland for a hundred years. But despite feeling disconcertingly different, I simply picked up my life from where I left off.
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NorthSound of Mu (25.12.2005, 14:48 UTC)
Our story begins in 1864. Diego de Landa, Bishop of Yucatán, Mexico, publishes an alphabet that can be used to translate the hieroglyphics of the three Mayan codices. Enter the translators. The Abbé Charles-Etienne Brasseur interprets the Troano codex to be about a land called Mu, tragically destroyed by a volcano. Augustus de Plongeon's version is similar, although he sees much more about Mu in the codex. He comes to believe it is a lost continent in the Caribbean Sea.
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NorthThe Online Norgesvenner Museum (18.12.2005, 20:42 UTC)
Let me begin with the question: why am I living here in cold, expensive Norway? Unlike almost all other foreign men in this country, I wasn't press-ganged into moving here by some weeping, homesick girlfriend, nor was I avariciously lured by the black gold of plentiful oilfields. Nay, there can only be one category to which I belong. I must be one of the norgesvenner ("Friends of Norway") that I hear whispers about in the bars and streets of Oslo. Yea, these fabulous and strange creatures c...
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NorthWhen Will There Be a Requiem for Radioactive Toothbrushes? (11.12.2005, 06:22 UTC)
This is Torbjorn Davidsen: artist, actor, protestor, Nordmann, but most of all a father. On the day that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its director Dr Mohamed ElBaradei were awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, he made a strong individual protest, by carrying a gravestone 20 kilometres on his back, to put on the lawn of the Nobel Institute.
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NorthEgedius (4.12.2005, 15:01 UTC)
This painting, Spill og dans (Play and Dance), depicting a fiddler and a dancer, hangs in the same room in Oslo's National Gallery as masterpieces by Degas, Picasso, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gaugin and Courbet, as well as six of the most important works of Edvard Munch. So whose painting is this, to be given such major prominence? It was painted by Halfdan Egedius, a Norwegian who died before his twenty-second birthday. He was born Halfdan Johnsen in 1877, but later gave himself the name Egedi...
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NorthKrohg (27.11.2005, 15:41 UTC)
In the mid-nineteenth century, European art and literature moved away from the idealistic drama of Romanticism, and Realism emerged: the attempt to accurately and naturalistically depict everyday life. Christian Krohg (1852-1925) was a Realist painter and writer from Norway. He was preoccupied with depicting the the struggle for existence among the poor, something that people didn't necessarily want to be confronted with: his 1886 novel Albertine, which was about a poor girl who becomes a prosti...
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NorthWerenskiold (20.11.2005, 19:31 UTC)
The next stop on this mini-tour of the history of Norwegian art is painter and illustrator Erik Werenskiold (1855-1938). As a painter he was influenced by French naturalists, depicting farming communities in their natural environment, and he was also a portrait painter, best known for portaits of writers such as Bjørnson and Ibsen.
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NorthTidemand and Gude (13.11.2005, 13:38 UTC)
This painting, Brudeferden i Hardanger (the bridal voyage in the Hardanger fjord), hangs in the National Gallery in Oslo, and is one of the best known paintings from the National Romantic period of Norwegian art. It is often re-enacted with live actors; in fact some people get married that way! It was painted by Adolph Tidemand (1814-1876) and Hans Gude (1825-1903).
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NorthDahl (6.11.2005, 11:33 UTC)
Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857) is the 'father' of Norwegian painting. He was the first Norwegian artist to gain international standing in his lifetime. He moved to Dresden in Germany in the 1820s. There he became a professor of art, and an important figure in the Romantic movement. He even lived in the same house as Caspar David Friedrich, the most significant painter in German romantic painting. Landscape painting before Romanticism was not held in high regard. The Romantics brought it to a...
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NorthTrondheim (30.10.2005, 13:23 UTC)
I'm inside this building, the tallest wooden house in Norway, as I type this blog entry. I'm in Trondheim to play a konsert and I'm staying in the old "anarchist squat" area of the city, literally on the "wrong" side of the train tracks. Artist types [ there's someone standing right outside painting on an easel] have developed this little spot into a nice little wooden community, and I'm to perform in their bar this evening. Opposite me is a massive concrete structure where German U-Boats dock...
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NorthDugnad (23.10.2005, 19:35 UTC)
Things are progressing. In the building where I live, an old shop unit is being turned into our very own bar. A consortium of current and former residents are behind this venture, most of them artists, and its purpose is to be an artist-owned and artist-run space for cultural events (and some alcohol consumption).
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NorthPractising (16.10.2005, 14:37 UTC)
There is no major exposition in this week's entry. I've been in seclusion, practising for the upcoming live music performances I'll be doing in Oslo and Trondheim. I hired out some practise space in the (surely world-famous?) Brugata collective.
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NorthArbeid (9.10.2005, 14:50 UTC)
("Work"). I have been unemployed long enough to realize I don't really want a proper job and money and all that, like the rest of the hamster people on the universal treadmill. Of course, the only way out - at least for now - is to sell my body. So that's what I'm doing. In fact, I'm going one better, by selling my personality as well. To advertisers. And movie moguls.
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NorthGrünerløkka (2.10.2005, 19:56 UTC)
I have just moved apartment in Oslo. I am now two tram stops north, in an area called Grünerløkka, sharing with two people. There is also an African Grey parrot, who will be receiving lessons in Irish from me. The rent is much cheaper for me here, which is helpful, as is the unconventional work I have obtained (details in next week's entry). This area of the city was established about a century ago, by a family of German property owners called Grüner. The architecture is therefor...
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NorthSalvatore (25.9.2005, 21:26 UTC)
The story goes that one evening in 1998 some Norwegian musicians were listening to the 1970s German group Neu! and immediately decided to form a new band. This became Salvatore, and they explored Neu!'s greatest invention, the "motorik" or "endlose gerade" drum beat, a 4/4 beat with no fills continuing in a trance-like fashion for an incredibly long time. But this was only the beginning. While their search for euphoric music may have begun with Neu!, they went on to use other kinds of grooves th...
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