Widely regarded as one of Norwegian electronic music's most important artists, Geir Jenssen aka Biosphere is touring UK cinemas with his acclaimed live electronica and visuals show in April.
Jenssen's career spans nearly two decades, several albums, various sound installations, commissions, soundtracks, lots of remixes and even the odd Himalayan summit. You may recognise his work without knowing it, so frequently does it crop up on TV trailers and idents. Since his days as a pioneer of ambient music in the early 1990s, he has refined his sound into something more magnetic and enduring with an appeal that reaches far beyond the cerebral electronica set, a must-listen for fans of Sigur Ros, Cinematic Orchestra and Mogwai.
His new album 'Dropsonde', released in March, is pushing new directions towards the jazz colours of Miles Davis and Jon Hassell, whilst re-invigorating the pulse and projection of his signature sound: a hypnotic combination of pleasure and dread.
During Biosphere's shows, the visuals will be courtesy of Cologne-based artist Egbert Mittelstädt. His videos, photographs and installations explore the principle of time and have won him awards at the European Media Art Festival, the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, the Backup Festival and the Digital New Art Award. His image processing makes it possible to show movement in a slowly sliding, continuous float of patterns, structures and courses. His "Slit-Scan" method neglects the constants of space: movement is stretched and pulled out of shape while still remaining recognisable and time puts herself in concrete terms. His cooperation with Biosphere developed spontaneously at a Biosphere concert and a simultaneous presentation of his video work in Cologne. The two artists have appeared together since the end of 2004. Mittelstädt's visuals work in harmony with Biosphere's music, creating a synthesis of video art show and music concert.
The tour is brought to England by Picturehouses and DJ Nova.
UK Picturehouse Cinema Tour 2006
19 - 23 April 2006
All tickets £10.50 / £8.50 Members
Wed 19 Apr – GATE Cinema, Notting Hill
87 Notting Hill Gate, London W11
08707 55 00 63
Thu 20 Apr – Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool
88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ
0151 707 4467
Fri 21 Apr – Greenwich Picturehouse (7.30pm)
180 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8NN
08707 55 00 65
Sat 22 Apr – Ritzy Cinema, Brixton (9.15pm)
Brixton Oval, London SW2 1JG
08707 55 00 62
Sun 23 Apr – Duke of York Cinema, Brighton
Duke of York's Picturehouse, Preston Circus, Brighton BN1 4NA