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Remembering and Forgetting

30th January 2021

Bergen Kunsthall has released “Remembering and Forgetting”, a newly commissioned audio piece from David Toop.

“Writing a text on the art of memory, guided meditation and hypnagogic imagery for Joachim Koester’s book, Bringing Something Back, I recalled my own memory from the early 1970s, lying in bed above the sound of a river in which I heard indecipherable voices murmuring to me as if fell into hypnagogia, then sleep. The deep entrancement of turbulent waters in which voices spoke of time fading into darkness led me to the Nine Songs, ninth-century shamanistic poems from ancient China, translated by Arthur Waley, in which the female shaman has visions of her spirit companion in his fish-scale house under the water. Remembering and Forgetting is a sound piece that enacts a parallel narrative to this sequence of memories, a falling into abyssal architecture which is as solid as remembering, as elusive as forgetting.” – David Toop

Read more and listen to the audio work here


Bergen Kunsthall is a centre for contemporary art and presents exhibitions and events by international artists. Landmark is our vibrant strand of live events that includes concerts and club nights. They organize a broad range of learning activities and debates that are open to everyone. Established initially as Bergens kunstforening in 1838, the Kunsthall is based in an early functionalist building designed by the architect Ole Landmark in 1935, with gallery spaces, a café and a bookshop.