Photo: Andrey Semenski

BENDIK GISKE

"Fashion lies between consensus and opposition, between art and life. It ́s woven into our chores and impulses whether we like it or not."

Bendik Giske (NO/DE) is a saxophonist and composer exploring the range of possibilities of his instrument as well as his physical capabilities as a performer. In a series of site-specific recordings due for release on Smalltown Supersound 2019, he fully incorporates the sound of the room, the mechanics of the saxophone, his breath and his voice to form a listening experience inspired by the queer techno scene he is a part of. 

 
 

Bendik Giske
Performance Artist / Saxophonist

City of residence,  OSLO, NORWAY

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Q & A:


COL: How old are you and where are you from? 

BG: 36 Oslo

COL: What do you do?

BG: I make music and performance art

COL: How long have you been doing it?

BG: Since childhood

COL: What inspired you to pursue a career in art?

BG: The inspiration I found in art - a wish to live with authenticity

COL: Do you remember your first work of art?

BG: No, I ́ve always been immersed in art. The separation between life, reality and art is not something we were bothered with in my family.

COL: If you could have any piece of art in history, what would you choose?

BG: Something intangible, like a gesture or a sound. Then I would immediately share it. What is “to have” anyway?

COL: What is your relationship with fashion?

BG: Fashion lies between consensus and opposition, between art and life. It ́s woven into our chores and impulses whether we like it or not. I used to feel very excluded by fashion. Now I feel like I´m using it to be in opposition to a consensus. I ́m confused by my own answer

COL: What does the word “collective” mean to you as an artist?

BG: I think of our creative community as an orb. Wére all a part of the orb, no use resisting. Every now and then, when forces are joined, little bursts of energy make a little fuzz on the surface, visible to the outside world.

COL: What is the best and worst thing about being an artist?

BG: Freedom and and lack of framework, respectively.

COL: Who do you admire?

BG: Wayan Nataraja, a tireless carrier of Balinese traditional music and dance. I love him <3

COL: How important is the ability to expose your art to you and your creative field?

BG: NOT IMPORTANT. Make something powerful, and it will get noticed! Dońt get misled by promises of exposure, get paid for your work or take it elsewhere.