Equatorial Rhythms

We presented a major sound art exhibition in a collaboration with the Stenersen Museum and Ultima. 23 artists explore the boundaries between vision and sound, through multidisciplinary works ranging from sound, installation, video, photography, textile and performance.


The title Equatorial Rhythms indicates the starting point of the project; cultures in and around the equator; that have had significant influence on the development of music and arts, way beyond their own borders. The project places particular emphasis on countries where crossover and multiculturalism are part of the shared cultural identity. Equatorial Rhythms will highlight multidisciplinary artists from countries that have been essential to the development of modern music, yet who have only recently begun to have a significant influence on the development of international contemporary art. As such, the project will hopefully contribute to an altered perception of centre and periphery within the art world.

The participating artists are Kader Attia (France), Kristin Bergaust & Alexis Parra (Norway/Cuba), Kjetil Berge (Norway/Cuba/Brazil), Sergio Bernardes & Guilherme Vaz (Brazil), Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons (Cuba), Albert Chong (Jamaica), Christopher Cozier (Trinidad & Tobago), Heri Dono & Jompet (Indonesia), Andrew Dosunmu (UK), Theo Eshetu (UK/Ethiopia), Satch Hoyt (UK/Jamaica), Alfredo Jaar (Chile), Kimsooja (Korea), Yvette Mattern (Puerto Rico/Germany), Salem Mekuria (Ethiopia), Lamia Naji (Morocco), Olu Oguibe (Nigeria), Eder Santos (Brazil), Paulo Vivacqua (Brazil) and Vu Nhat Tan (Vietnam). Read more about the artists and see list of works.

At the opening 28 September at 6 pm there was performances and music by Heri Dono & Jompet, Vu Nhat Tan, A Bailar by Kjetil Berge, Bar Candela by Kristin Bergaust & Alexis Parra and DJ Selecta Harmony.

Artist talks with Heri Dono & Jompet, Yvonne Mattern, Christopher Cozier, Satch Hoyt og Albert Chong took place 29 September at 2 pm.

Saturday 29 September at 8 pm, the audience could experience Equatorial Rhythms Live Concert at Parkteatret with performers Guilherme Vaz with Susanne Fuhr, Bendik Giske Trio with Vu Nhat Tan, Paulo Vivacqua, Satch Hoyt and Heri Dono & Jompet. The concert was part of the Ultima festival.

There was released a catalogue with a corresponding soundtrack from the exhibition.

Photo: Alfredo Jaar, Muxima, 2005. Galerie Lelong, New York




Visual Art, Music


28 September–30 December 2007



Selene Wendt
Produced by
The DSV network
The Stenersen Museum
Supported by
Arts Council Norway
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Municipality of Oslo