Jørgen Frederik Scheel Haarstad
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Performance Discipline
Ceramic- Soundwork- Installation

2013 – 2015 KHIO - Oslo National Academy of The Arts, Master of Fine Arts
2010 – 2013 KHIO - Oslo National Academy of The Arts, Bachelor in Visual Art
1993 – 1995 Musicians Institute of Technology, Percussion/Drums,
Los Angeles, USA

My main work is done at Norwegian Technical Porcelain (NTP) in Fredrikstad., Norway. NTP produces high voltage insulators. I've been working there with my ceramic work since 2013. I explore and experiment with NTP's misproduction and waste material. The goal and vision of my next production is to develop the expression within NTP's tight framework of already completed porcelain elements. To develop the visual (use of given form/glaze), sound, performance, choreography and cinematographic performance. The ceramic installations usualy develop and changes form and pattern by having several performances in an exhibition period.

I am an artist, musician, drummer and composer.
I have a background from the comercial music industry wich I was a part of for 20 years.
It affects me in my work with ceramics. Energetic pumping rock is my daily engine and is closest to the heart. I also like jazz, pop, metal, classical and contemporary music. To me, music is a must to produce my art. No music, no work. My MA project at the Oslo National Academy of The Arts was focused on experimentation, primarily with ceramics as audiovisual material, ie for the production of audio objects, visual shapes, as material for use in installations and for performance.

I'm looking for particularity and potential in the material, in each object. For sound production, site-specific mobility, performance and visual expression. There is a huge sound potential in ceramics and especially porcelain. I was completely put out and fired up when this occurred to me about 4 years ago.

Humans can not hear below 20 Hz. My sound works have a range from 9 Hz to 17,000 Hz, which makes it not just a hearing experience, but also a physical experience. My passion for music is not just about drums, percussion and rock'n'roll. To me there is also a "visual" form of speech in sound and music. I'm interested in how audio and music can affect our state of mind. The experience of what is calming, hard, energetic or noisy is of course individual. The fascination of getting sound out of objects around me arose early. I have been hitting/drumming on all imaginable objects from early age and discovered the peculiarities and distinctiveness of various objects. I still do that. With my experience it has led the mind to how you can get ”pictures” in your head of what sound is. When I am working with contemporary music, I experience sound like materiality, color and shape. Using visual and tactile terms makes it easier to understand a description of what you hear and feel. To me shape and color comes quickly in place when I listen.

The sound becomes more concrete and less abstract to me. A sound can be almost tactile, angular, round, oval, pointed, sharp, soft, velvety, dry, wet, yellow, red, black, blue, rhythmic, rhythmic abstract form, rhythmic figurative form, or internal volume.
The silent parts in a sound work adds dynamics and is is colored and shaped by what you just heard. I strive to be totally focused on listening to the entire spectrum of a soundtrack. This affects me throughout my production. I improvise and listen at the same time with audio objects, often interrupted by my inner voice that I am trying to suppress. I am looking at my audio productions as sound collages, floating form and soundscapes. After finishing the Master in 2015, I have continued to work in the field of ceramic sound production, installation and performance.

You can see one of my performances on youtube
from The National Museum in Oslo :

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