Kai Art Center and Tallinn Music Week (TMW) are pleased to announce an
open call for the composition of a musical piece inspired by Anne Katrine Senstad’s exhibition Radical Light.


Opened on 26 January at Kai Art Center, the solo exhibition of the Norwegian artist Anne Katrine Senstad is a unique light sculpture that invites the viewer to explore the combined sensory effects of light, colour and sound in a space that was made for building submarines. One of the largest works in Senstad’s portfolio, this immersive light field has been created as a mathematical matrix. Senstad collaborates frequently with composers Catherine Christer Hennix and JG Thirwell. JG Thirwell has also created a new sound environment for Radical Light.


The winning composer can imagine creating a soundscape towards a synesthetic, integral whole with the light installation. The main point of orientation for the composition that the call seeks to find is the exhibition itself – its light codes, optical games, and its mathematical nature. The exhibition will run from 26 January to 26 April, and the winning entry will be played at Kai Art Center for one week during the exhibition.


About the artist


Anne Katrine Senstad, who resides alternately in Oslo and New York, studied at the Parson’s School of Design and The New School in New York. Her work focuses on the perception of light, colour and sound. Her works have been exhibited around the world, including at the 55th, 56th and 57th Venice Biennale, at the Bruges Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, at the Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt in Berlin, at the He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, at the Beirut Art Centre and the Canadian Museum of Nature. Senstad’s works are represented in international private, corporate and public collections and commissions.


Practical information


The deadline for submitting the composition is 6 March, 2020.


Please send the composition as a digital audio file (in the .aiff or .wav format) or as a link to the e-mail address triin@kai.center. The composed pieces will be heard only by the jury and they will not be subject to publication. Members of the jury include Anne Katrine Senstad, representatives from Kai Art Center, from the TMW team, as well as one international expert. The organisers of the contest reserve the right not to select a winner in case they deem no entries suitable.


The minimal duration of the composition should be 15 minutes. The technical solution is provided by an on-site sound system (a stereo system with active speakers). The competition also allows submitting works that have been previously composed and publicly played to a minimal extent.


The winner of the competition will also receive a prize of 400€ as well as the festival and conference pass for Tallinn Music Week 2020.


Read about the exhibition here.


For additional information: triin@kai.center