Bjørn Erik Haugen (1978*) is a composer who also creates sound and multimedia installations.
In his work, he is concerned about how TV and other screen-based media impact our lives, the problematic and at the same time, fascinating influence they have on our perception. His intention is to make viewers reflect and discuss the speculative and spectacular of what we see on the screens that surround us in daily life: the internet, video games, TV, films, commercials, etc.
His works have been performed in Austria, Spain, Sweden, Germany, England, Poland and the United States. He has received commissions from ensembles such as the Oslo Sinfonietta, Duo Hevans, Nordic Voices, as well as soloists Jane Chapman and Mira Benjamin.
What does it matter how many lovers you have if none of them gives you the universe – multimedia installation (2012)
This project is a transcription for mechanical piano of a lecture by French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. The audience’s response in the lecture is played by a guitar amplifier. The video of the lecture will be screened via a projector.
Lacan’s lecture, in which he talks about the language as a foundation for our understanding of the surrounding world, was abruptly interrupted by a student, a situationist inspired by Debord. The student ruined Lacan’s lecture notes with flour and water as a protest against society. They started discussing, but the student then severed Lacan’s tie, and was thrown out of the lecture hall. Lacan then lectured the audience on the protester’s views about people and society, revolution and love.
The happening, which took place in 1971, was highly coloured by the context of the 1960s student protests in France and “revolution” as a word frequently used in discussions.
The work was premiered in Linz in 2012, and was first performed in Poland in 2013 during the Wro Art Center biennale in Wrocław.