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Sept 9-11, 2016
Nissan, Halmstad, Sweden

A Weekend with Sound Art along the Nissan river in Halmstad, Sweden.

International artists and local inhabitants co-operate in a series of sound expeditions, installations and performances along Nissan - from the harbor, passing by Tullkammarkajen and all the way up to Slottsmöllan.

Sound at Nissan aims at using sound as a tool in the urban development process of Tullkammarkajen in Halmstad, Sweden. The new residential area is planned to develop along Nissan - the river that runs through Halmstad. The area will consist of a mixed housing development in its content, predominantly residential residences (600 units) and it will be the "future portal to Halmstad by the water."

By involving local communities and other parties interested in the processes, new and challenging questions and opinions have been raised. Such as public space design, new urban housing, abandoned areas, sound art as public art, narrative cartography, inhabitant spaces, mapping, climate change, history and future - thus contributing in giving local decision makers valuable insights through democratic processes.

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Laurie Tompkins project, '600 Halmstad Songs', consists of one 'song' for each apartment, which will be built at Tullkammarkajen 2021. Some of the songs will be presented as a sound installation at the site of the future recidential area.

'Soundtrack Nissan' is a four kilometer long sound installation by Mikael Ericsson, which consists of field recordings made by the participants from the soundwalks organized by Harp Art Lab. The sounds from Nissan will be relocated, displaced, intertwined and mashed up with other samples and sites.

Upstream Nissan, Kajsa Magnarsson will make a sound installation on the small deserted 'Rabbit Island' - consisting of a rave party at night and its aftermath the day after.

Johannes Bergmark invites the audience to 'Play the Bridge for the Fish!' at the walking bridge near the library in Halmstad.

In the project 'Deep in the Image' microscopic water samples from Nissan turns into a stop motion animation by Aga Jarzabowa, Maciej Baczyk with music by Pin Park.

Other participants are: Klara Andersson, Conor McCafferty, Ann-Lousie Liljedahl, Julie Ericsson

(Click on the names for more information about the projects or scroll down)

Sound at Nissan is supported by Kulturbryggan, Region Halland and Halmstad Kommun.
Partners: HFAB, Stadsbiblioteket i Halmstad, Hallands Konstmuseum, Slottsmöllans Fastighets AB, Musikalen i Halmstad, Tylösands Sound, The Photogallery, Föreningen Kranens Vänner and Roots Norre Port.


Mikael Ericsson - Chief of Artistic Operations
0046 70 7304631


Harp Art Lab is a laboratory for sound and environmental art based in Harplinge windmill, a few kilometers north of Halmstad on the Swedish west coast. The Lab is a unique platform for developing, innovative, interdisciplinary ideas and we work with artists and communities of interest to create performances and installations. Our main methodology is a socially engaged and discursive sound art practice. The motivations behind our work are predominantly environmental, political, and social in as much as we are attempting to re-mediate contested territories in a scientific and creative way to the public. Harp Art Lab is a non profit organisation founded by Mikael Ericsson and Julie Ericsson in 2010.

Laurie Tompkins

Mikael Ericsson

Aga Jarzabowa, Maciej Baczyk & Maciek Polak


Kajsa Magnarsson

Klara Andersson

Ann-Lousie Liljedahl

Conor McCafferty

Julie Ericsson


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