Word (2010/2018)

Sound installation (01:20:26).

Edition: 3 + 1 AP

Word (2011/2018) is a sound installation, a conversation between two characters in a language of sound effects. The sounds, or words, are at once open to interpretation and loaded with meaning and emotion.

A mechanical exchange filled with humour, sadness and violence unfolds over the course of one hour and twenty minutes.

Thora Dolven Balke (b. 1982) lives and works between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Oslo, Norway. Her work has been a part of exhibitions such as “The Collectors”, Danish and Nordic Pavilions, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); “Lights On—Norwegian Contemporary Art”, Astrup Fearnley Museum Oslo (2008) and the Biennale of Jafre, Catalonia, Spain (2009). She recently completed the 2016 Capacete programme in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. Dolven Balke was one of two curators of the biennale Lofoten International Art Festival – LIAF – in 2011 and co-funded and programmed the artist-run space REKORD in Oslo from 2006 to 2010. Solo exhibitions include All that respires, conspires at UKS Young Artists Society and Ultima festival, Oslo (2017); I is at Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (2015); Von hinten durch die Brust in Auge at Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand (2015) and Attachments at Melk, Oslo (2014).  Recent group exhibitions; The Young Lions, Preus Photographic museum, Oslo (2017); Innland, Centre Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, France (2017); Lucia, Blomqvist and QB Gallery, Oslo (2017); They, Them, Galerie Drei, Cologne (2015) and Kapital.FM, Wilkinson Gallery, London (2015).


Read our interview with Thora here.

Visit Thora’s website on thoradolvenbalke.tumblr.com

Recent Works

YD 1-6 series of soundworks commissioned by Daata Editions.