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The project received funding because:

The interdisciplinary approach of the applicants, with a bias towards music and sound, craftsmanship and design that focuses on sustainability and recycling has several interesting elements: 

1) The development of (new) instruments based on familiar artisan traditions, new design combined with electronics as an alternative to mass production ofstereotypical instruments that more or less dominate the market

2) Strong plans for establishing networks of operators who can contribute to the development of ideas, competency development, and collaboration

3) The results will form the basis for new professional artistic work aimed at both professional artistic life and various groups of children, young people, and the elderly who are interested in music and craftsmanship by means of participation in workshops or courses

4) The project will have an educative effect by focusing on sustainability and recycling as a counterpoint to the market’s buy-and-throw-away mentality. 

All these elements are great reflections in the music profession sector: On the one hand, there is an element of research, which will contribute to innovative instruments that stimulate new ways of playing and new sonic landscapes. On the other hand there is exchange between professionals, strengthening collaboration as a basis for new music, and artisanal and technological solutions. The project also manages to combine various professional disciplines and reflections on the issue of the environment testifying to a new approach to tackling it via direct, specific measures.

About the project:

The project creates a Nordic network and will conduct three meetings in the three Nordic countries. The project is about music and sound, craftsmanship and design with collaboration between various art forms and with a focus on sustainability and recycling. Every meeting will involve creating something by hand and deploying various types of techniques, and will include a sustainability perspective via instruments made from recycled materials and other music-related aspects. Involving design and form as aspects in the musical instruments goes beyond what is usually involved. The project creates a long-term network between all the Nordic countries and between inspirational and interesting people who make various types of musical instruments that reflect both craft and innovation, technology and electronics, while keeping a focus on recycling.

It may result in collaborations and in physical sonic artworks, music, interactive sculptures, or music machines. But most of all it generates more overall knowledge, ideas, collaboration, and tasks for all the participants. The project paves the way for an understanding of the fact that anyone can build their own musical instruments and play them. All that is needed is access to certain knowledge.

The Nordic collaboration:

Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark

Main partners:

  1. SE: The musical group, SKROTMake instruments with children and perform concerts playing instruments we have made, both analogue and digital. Music laboratory and music machine construction.

  2. IS: Hallvarður Ásgeirsson Hallvarður Ásgeirsson is a composer who works at the frontier between avant-classic compositions and the electronic metamorphosis of live instruments. He also performs as an electric guitarist, making use of interactive sound processing.

  3. DK: CPH Music Maker Space (conductor: Valdemar Kristensen) Workshops, concerts, community with sound hackers, electronic musicians, artists, students, music and sound technology, and the development and construction of new instruments.

Secondary collaborative partners 1. SE: Stina Billing, woodworker and artist at Skånes Hemslöjdsförbund

Three meetings in three Nordic countries: Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark. The content of the three meetings: For the meeting in each country, the host country will be responsible for organising a workshop day with the other countries’ participants and other participants. The project features three external contacts that the project has with creators and instrument builders from the Nordic region or another part of the world. Each participating country decides which guest lecturers, with a strong link to their area of interest, will participate.

Total budget: 500 500 DKK
Applied for:  250 250 DKK   
Approved grant:  250 000 DKK
Project period: 01.01.2017-20.12.2018

Special pool earmarked for HANDMADE in 2016

This project was supported by a Special pool earmarked for HANDMADE in 2016. Normally, the Fund caps applications at DKK 500,000 and 50% of total project budget, however, HANDMADE 2016 invited projects to apply for amounts ranging from DKK 500,000 to DKK 1 million and up to 85% of total project costs.

The assessment criteria were: HANDMADE aims to promote and stimulate handicrafts and handmade design by encouraging new Nordic and international partnerships and to help raise the visibility and profile of a wide range of handmade art forms and idioms. The spotlight is on projects that:

  • contribute to the development and visibility of handmade design and that focus on free, experimental and conceptual aspects
  • help challenge and break down traditional boundaries for handmade arts, crafts and design
  • include individuals or organisations from other disciplines and artistic genres.

The Fund’s general criteria about Nordic substance, quality, support and impact also applied.

Christina Zetterlund from Sweden and Mari Savio from Finland acted as expert advisors. The Board of the Nordic Culture Fund made the final decision on which projects to fund.

From 2017, HANDMADE will be part of the Fund’s general programmes of project funding and OPSTART. Read more about the programmes under “Apply for funding”.

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