Look Inside 1: Nils Bech with Bendik Giske at Greene Naftali gallery, New York, as part of Performa 11. Look Inside 2: Nils Bech with Bendik Giske and Sergei Tcherepnin at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of Performa 11. New York, November 2011.
Singer Nils Bech works with voice, movement, music, and text, conceiving performances that are often staged or erupt spontaneously in galleries, bars, or public spaces. Bech describes his work as the “creation of rituals” through which he transforms and elevates emotional circumstances from his own life. Look Inside is based on his upcoming album, which includes collaborations with Giske (saxophone and electronics) and Tcherepnin (piano and electronics). The songs chart a chronology of events that have transpired over the last six months for Bech. These include meeting and breaking up with his boyfriend, as well as figuring out how to continue doing what he always knew he loved: performing and making art.
Nils Bech has performed at a long list of exhibitions of contemporary art, among them ILLUMInations at the 54th Venice Biennial, Venice; ICA, London; the Frieze Foundation, London; Performa 09, New York; Greene Naftali Gallery, New York; Gavin Brown Gallery, New York; The Dark Fair at the Swiss Institute, New York; New Jerseyy, Basel; and Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm—turning these occasions into his medium. In recent years, Bech has performed at all the main venues and music festivals in his native Norway. In addition, he has worked closely with the artist Ida Ekblad, Swedish fashion house Acne, and Swiss artist Tobias Madison, among others.
Bendik Giske has become a renowned voice at the Norwegian music and art scene. He holds a Masters degree in Jazz saxophone and a curiosity and passion for contemporary and pop music, and he has successfully collaborated with many of today's most prominent artists, including Pat Metheny and Arve Henriksen. On top of touring in more than fifteen countries and performing on five studio albums, Giske has performed at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Opera House in Damascus, The Great Escape in Brighton, and the Ultima Festival for Contemporary Music and Øya Festivalen in Oslo, and other venues.
Sergei Tcherepnin is a Brooklyn-based artist who uses performance, composition, and installation to explore the materiality of sound and its physical and psychological effects on the listener. He has performed throughout NYC as an improviser with piano and modular synthesizer at venues such as the Stone, Roulette, Abrons Art Center, the Whitney Museum, the Tank, Douglas Street Music Collective, Paris London West Nile, and i-Beam Brooklyn. His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as Transit, Da Capo Chamber Players, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, at spaces such as Merkin Hall, Cami Hall, Dia:Beacon, Chelsea Art Museum, Diapason Gallery, Louis Kahn’s “Point Counterpoint II,” National Youth Olympic Stadium (Tokyo), Moscow Composers Union Concert Hall, St. Petersburg Composers Union Concert Hall, and the Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College. His multi-channel performances and installations have been mounted at Audio Visual Arts, Societé (Berlin), Casey Kaplan Gallery, 47 Canal, and Recess Art.
Link to the event here. All event photos by Geir Haraldseth.