On Wednesday September 5, at 17.00 oclock, the sound sculpture Tvisongur will be opened for the public on a mountainside above the town of Seydisfjordur, East Iceland. The sculpture is the work of the German artist Lukas Kühne.
Tvisongur is built of concrete and consists of five interconnected domes of different sizes. The heights of the domes are between 2 and 4 meters and they cover an area of about 30 square meters. Each dome has its own resonance that corresponds to a tone in the Icelandic musical tradition of five-tone harmony, and works as a natural amplifier to that tone.
The sculpture can be seen as a visualization of the five-tone harmony tradition. The round form is chosen for its acoustic properties as well as its visual function in the landscape. It results in a unique combination affecting visual and auditory senses. The Icelandic Tvisongur becomes a sculpture of singing concrete.
Tvisongur is is open to everyone. It is embedded in the mountainside above the town, in a quiet area with a breathtaking view of the fjord. It offers an acoustic sensation that can be explored and experimented with by the visitor. The sites solitude and tranquillity offers a perfect setting for singing or music playing, alone, in harmony, for ones own pleasure or for an audience.
At the opening in Seydisfjordur there will be performances by local musicians, both professionals and amateurs, and guests are encouraged to bring their own version of five tone singing.
Lukas Khnes artworks are dedicated to space and frequency. He lives in Berlin and Montevideo, Uruguay, where he heads the workshop Form and Sound at the Faculty of Arts of the State University. The sculpture Tvsíöngur relates to a series of works by the artist dealing with musical forms, one of which is the sculpture Cromatico built in Tallinn, Estonia in 2011.
Tvisongur is realized in cooperation with Skaftell – Center for Visual Art, East Iceland. It is supported by the Municipality of Seydisfjordur, Sdarvinnslan hf, Blue Water Shipping, Goethe Institute Denmark and Nordecon Betoon, Estonia, Rosario Nuin architect.