14July2006 KOLA RING - MAX YOUR MOBILE

Rural Readers present their downloadable ringtone service. Choose a ringtone from the Kola peninsula to max your mobile.


30May2006 A LETTER FROM DR. GUBERMAN


Some news of the existence of the legendary dr. Guberman recently caught our attention. Here is a picture of dr. Guberman by the Superdeep hole in Kola. He has just drilled the first hole of what was to become the deepest man-made hole in the world (12262 meters). Also included is a letter from the doctor with an original Superdeep stamp. As the research director of the Barents Institute, Urban Wråkberg notes: "dr. Guberman is for the underworld, what Juri Gagarin is for space".


27April2011 SALMONSENS ARKIVSIRKUS

The arkivsirkus is back! This time Møllerhaug & Eide will do live archiving to the songs of Attila Csihar and Jaap Blonk. Also Karen Skogs Orkester will play their beautiful instruments.

Attila Csihar aka Void ov Voices (Mayhem/ SUNN 0)))
Jaap Blonk
Karen Skog Orkester
Møllerhaug & Eide (Live-arkivering)

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23May2011 Salmonsens Arkivsirkus

I mange borgalege heimar på tjuetalet sa man at Salmonsens Konversationsleksikon var som å ha ein hest i bokhylla. Lærmengda i permane tilsvara ein heil hingst. Det megalomane 24 bind store norsk-danske leksikon. Trykt av ein dedikert dansk boktrykkar – Isaac Salmonsen og hans namnlause bror. Tusenvis av artiklar om for lengst utdøydde dyr, ideologiar og mennesketypar.
Desse artiklane blei arkiverte live av Nicholas H. Møllerhaug & Espen Sommer Eide (aka Pilota – som tidlegare drifta Trollofonen, Klubb Pilota, Rural Readers m.m.) på Landmark 30.04.2011 – ved å bruke eit nytt digitaliseringssystem. Spesialutvikla for anledninga. Arkivmaterialet blei umiddelbart bli kommentert live av to legendariske sjangersprengande songarar: Jaap Blonk og Attila Csihar.


31December2011 the Currency Building

For more than five decades, British buildings in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) were left to rot as authorities wrestled with the uncomfortable legacy of British rule. The communist-controlled city government lacked both the resources and the inclination to preserve what many saw as a glorification of colonialism, and the city's magnificent architectural gems crumbled and decayed. For many of the hundreds of old heritage buildings it is too late. Along the Hugli river row upon row of derelict mansions and warehouses are being reclaimed by nature and has become a stunning labyrinth of colonial ruin. It is just too late to save them all, with the enormous amount of bureaucracy and corruption in the city administration not helping either. 

But in the centre around BBD Bagh (Dalhousie square) one building have been saved last minute from demolition. The 178-year old building, constructed in Italian Renaissance style called "the Currency Building", the former reserve bank of India. Ten years ago, under the orders of the central government, a demolition team moved in at the dead of night and began work. By morning they had brought down two massive dome ceilings and were starting on the exterior. But after a public outcry work was halted, and now a major restoration project has begun. 

Now, in this building, during the period 10.-15. December 2011, Verdenteatret built their installation and performance "and all the questionmarks started to sing". In order to overcome the limitations of the gaping hole in the domed ceiling a new temporary roof had to be built using bamboo and linen. 


An old photoalbum shows "before and after" shots of the building during the restoration work.

Click here to view the full photo essay...


04December2012 B-post dialogue

A dialogue between me and my long-time collaborator Nicholas H. Møllerhaug is now printed in the art journal B-Post. Also available online with a sound montage we made some years back. 


02December2014 Rural Reading Room

People ask: What is Rural Reading Room? One cannot discuss trivialities. Open reflection can lead to unknown chemical reactions. Art in the periphery serves local, regional, national or geopolitical goals. Local art is by definition somewhere else. It has to generate, whether it is increased tourism, border problematics, indigenous people issues, arctic oil drilling or ecological growth. The local artist is the useful, well paid idiot. The local has to be something other than itself: art as an interesting project or future prospect. Local history is history without development. The local is unique without being interesting.


It is not easy running the Rural Reading Room. It is also difficult to pronounce. Trying to keep warm, we were forced to burn the table earlier this week. The table has been with us since the beginning, as a site for activities and conversations. Now it needs to be restored. Either we buy a prefabricated, boring table. Or, we try to rebuild the leftovers at the risk of an ugly result.

Rural Reading Room is Espen Sommer Eide, Kristin Tårnesvik, Hilde M. Methi, Morten Torgersrud


Time and place: LM1, Le Maires vei 1 (outdoors), Kirkenes, Norway. Friday 28th of November, 6-7 pm.

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