Wednesday, 29 April 2009

M/S Polarstar

Lately my interest has been the stories of the legendary old Norwegian sealer M/S Polarstar that has been hunting in the arctic North Atlantic since 1949.
In periods of time it has been used for several other things; for scientific studies, for passenger traffic and sysselmannsbåt (the boat of the local governor) at Svalbard, but was in 2007 back as a sealer doing traditional hunting.
Lots of pictures from the 70s here. And here.

It is fascinating stories both for the historical value of it, but also when it comes to the dream of the great artic adventure. It's especially interesting because of my own personal reasons -my grandfather was the chef on board M/S Polarstar for several years.

Monday, 27 April 2009

"Composition for a film projector barcode and a spotlight"

My last project produced at Worm was a film based on the sound of a barcode.

The film was shown in an installation titled "Composition for a film projector barcode and a spotlight". The installation consists of, as the title discribes, a 16mm film projector, a spotlight and a film based on manipulating a barcode to play scales of tones. The barcode has been copied to a transparent sticker and then glued to the film all the way to the soundtrack of the film. The barcode then makes sound as it passes the photoelectric cell. By having glued on a barcode in different sizes, the barcode plays over a range of two octaves (from low to high C). The fun thing is that you can also see how the volume changes with the contrast of the lines. The more contrast the higher volume.


The film is originally 9 min. long. This extract is 45 sec., but you'll get the point.

The installation was first shown at Art Made Me Do It! in Bergen, Norway, May 2008.

The local TV-station, btv, visited my studio before the open studios event in Bergen, B-Open, 2008. This was shown at Triplet November 20th 2008. You can take a look at the interview here. Unfortunately it's not transcribed in English.


Monday, 20 April 2009

My view of R'dam

I'm back in Rotterdam again, two years since I first moved to the city.
At that time as an exchange student. Now as an Artist in Residence at Worm Filmwerkplaats.
There's always people I know that go to Rotterdam for some reason and this is the map I'm drawing to explain how Rotts work. Simple, but my view.

Click on it to get a bigger version that you can print and bring with you.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009


The gramophone record, the musical thought, the score, the waves of sound, all stand to one another in that pictorial internal relation, which holds between language and the world. To all of them the logical structure is common.
(Wittgenstein, 1999: 32)

Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim (b.1981 in Bergen, Norway) is a visual artist, conceptual poet and composer currently working with the translation between visual and auditive systems, concrete poetry and the concept of isomorphia.

Through installations, visual scores and concrete poetry, Jordheim's work springs from an interdisiplinary agenda; between genres, fields of art and medium, and the thesis that all visual has sound. Jordheim thematizes the human need for systematization and questions if there a direct connection between language and the world; topography, typography, text, architecture and sound/music. The scores are often frame work for a collaboration with musicians, where the outcome is in the translation between the visual and the musical improvisation.
John Cage stated that letting go of control when composing is a spiritual and philosophic matter, that creates a bridge between music and fine art.

Jordheim holds an MA in fine art from Oslo National Academy of Arts (2011). Previous shows, screenings and publications include Hayward publishing and Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag (Namsos, Norway), Signal (Malmö, Sweden), Matrix Magazine (Montreal, Canada), Alpineum Produzentengalerie (Luzern, Switzerland), Bury Art Museum (Bury, UK) and UBUweb. Jordheim lives and works in Oslo, Norway.  


* Dialogue For Aerophones, November 2013
Dialogue For Aerophones on SoundCloud

* We Built This City (On Rock And Roll), 2012

First Of All There Is Blue (1.movement) on SoundCloud 
Brown And I Got Ham (2.movement) on SoundCloud 
White And Blue -This section includes education (3.movement) on SoundCloud
First Of All There Is Blue, text
Recording First Of All There Is Blue, June 2012
First Of All There Is Blue, performance September 2012
Early notation, First Of All There Is Blue, January 2012
The poster
Performing at The Annual State Exhibition
Performing at Alte Schmiede, Vienna, Janauary 2014

* Horizon, no horizon.(The poetry of) Repetitive Vertical Movement (at sea), 2009
Horizon.No Horizon, drawings
Performing Horizon. No Horizon. Sept. 17th, 2011
Horizon. No Horizon @ UBUWEB
Performing Horizon. No Horizon. Produzentengalerie Luzern, November 2013
Documentation Horizon. No Horizon. Produzentengalerie Luzern, November 2013
Performing Horizon. No Horizon. Alte Schmiede, Vienna, January 2014

* Fra Vestfjorden performance 2011
Fra Vestfjorden on SoundCloud
Fra Vestfjorden 2011
Thesis on Fra Vestfjorden (Norwegian) 2011
How does it sound?

* Instruksjoner for hår 2010

* Nausea 2010
Nausea (documentation)

* Natural Science Approach to Synesthesia (Picking my brain), 2010

* Let's put it into words, 2010

* Teaching the Ocean the Alphabet, 2010

* Practease, 2010

POLARSTAR (documentation)
POLARSTAR (writings)

* Composition for a film projector, barcode and a spotlight, 2008
   Barcodes, 16mm film (Full version) 2008

* (Pro)found, 2008

Printed matter:

* partitur
Now Available at Printed Matter Inc. and Torpedo Bokhandel, Oslo

* Polarstar



  • Participation in The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century, Hayward Publishing
  • Visual Poetry:

  • My publication partitur is on sale at Printed Matter, Inc., NYC and Torpedo Bokhandel, Oslo

    Spring 2017

    Participation in Kobitadihi
    – India's first international Visual Text Art Anthology

    Black Walnut Grove Project
    Kemptville, Ontario, Canada  

    Published work in Typorn


    Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim.
    Born in Bergen, Norway 1981


    Oslo National Academy of Arts, Fine Arts, Oslo (MA)
    Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam
    Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Fine Arts, Bergen (BA)
    Nordland Art- and Filmschool, Kabelvåg
    Art history, NTNU, Trondheim

    Solo Exhibitions

    Hele Verden Er Et Noteark /All The World's A Stave
    Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag, Namsos, Norway
    NAUSEA Galleri 21:24, Oslo
    POLARSTAR Rom8, Bergen, Norway
    POLARSTAR Open Academy SKA, Oslo
    Expanding Silverscreen Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Motion Pictures, KHiB Bergen

    Selected Group Exhibitions/Publications

    The New Concrete  – concrete and visual poetry published from 2000 to the present day
    Hayward Publishing, Southbank Centre, London
    Talk and screening Barcodes, Whitechapel Gallery, London

    The Great Treatise, Publication for no press, Calgary, Canada

    TOTAL RECALL, The Text Festival, Art Museum Bury, Manchester, UK 

    (SHMF-019+..), collaborative sound project (LP)
    Flensburg, Germany

    The Unbearable Contact With Poets
    Art work discussed in essay on the state of contemporary concrete poetry, by Derek Beaulieu
    If P then Q, Manchester, UK

    Publication in EtceteraVienna, Austria
    Raume für notizenScmhiede and galerie wechselstrom, Vienna, Austria
    Publication Räume für Notizen -a collection of international visual poetry
    Edited by Vienna based edition ch/Günter Vallaster

    Winter Solstice, ANX/Pnek Atelier Nord, Oslo
    Local Colour: Ghosts, In Edit Mode Press, Malmö, publication and performance at Signal -Center för Samtidskonst, Malmö, Sweden
    a global visuage -Visual Poetry Anthology (ed: Jörg Piringer/Günter Vallaster), Graz and Vienna
    Publication for no press, Calgary, Canada  
    We Built This City On Rock And Roll, Conseptualisms Dossier, Matrix Magazine, Montreal
    First Of All There Is Blue, performance ++ Black Box Teater, Oslo

    UbuWeb, Visual Poetry Section (
    Ultima Contemporary Music Festival/deFAAKT: I Walk The Line Performances
    Kunstakademiet Masterutstilling, Stenersenmuseet
    MFAPS Educational Art Show, Oslo
    ++, Black Box Teater
    Natural Science Approach to Synesthesia (Picking my brain), UKS, Oslo

    Natural Science Approach to Synesthesia (Picking my brain)
    Christmas Calendar, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, dep. Fine Arts, Norway
    Instructions for hair Open Academy, Oslo Norway
    Horizon, No Horizon.(The poetry of) Repetitive Movement (at sea) One Night Only, SKA, Oslo

    Horizon, No Horizon. (The poetry of) Repetitive Vertical Movement (at sea) SKA, Oslo Norway
    Herre i eget hus? BOA, Oslo, Norway

    Art Made Me Do It, BA graduation show
    KHiB, dep. Of Fine Art Bergen
    5 young artists, Namsos Kunstforening Namsos

    Phonogamous, Bergen
    PrøveRommet, BiT Teatergarsjen Bergen

    Union, Galleri Fisk Bergen
    Oslo Art Festival Oslo
    Grant exhibition, Nord-Trøndelag Fylkesgalleri, Namsos
    Action causes more trouble than thought, Galleri 21:25, Oslo

    Avgangsutstilling Svolvær, Stamsund
    ReAl KUNSTh, UiB Bergen

    Hvilken vei?, LIAF Kabelvåg
    NAM-NAM, LIAF Kabelvåg


    ATA Film- and Videofestival, San Francisco, USA
    Incubate, Tillburg, Netherlands
    700IS Reykjavik, Iceland
    Art Video Exchange (AVE), Landmark Bergen militia Jakarta, Indonesia
    Worm Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Nordic Video Exchange NORWYDEO:
    Laznia Center of Contemporary Art Gdansk, Poland
    Bergen Kunsthall, Landmark Bergen
    Members Club, The Great Fall;
    Galleri Experimentalniprostor Nod Prague, Czech Republic
    Eleven, The Space London, UK
    Eleven, The Tobacco Factory Bristol, UK
    Minimalen Shortfilmfestival Trondheim
    Minimalen Shortfilmfestival Trondheim
    Mørket Nu Bodø
    Just feel, M/S Innvik Oslo

    Represented in collections

    Nord-Trøndelag County
    Namsos Kunstforening