Looking into a void. The empty, black stage. The audience listens to a live broadcast transmitted to them on FM radios from an unknown place. In the broadcast, the radio host tries to tell his life story by describing the different landscapes he remembers. It is both an invitation to imagine a life and an investigation of subjective storytelling.
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Seeing everything as a landscape has been Carlsen’s long-standing fascination and it has become an integral part of his artistic practice. He has deliberately sought out places and contexts marked by contradiction since moving to Russia to train as a circus artist after completing his upper secondary education, and subsequently at the University of Tehran and Oslo National Academy of the Arts. In these contrasting and opposing settings he discovers the possibility of imagining an alternative view. This is especially true of his project In The End We Are All Alone, a series of one-person theatre and interventions in public space, which have been developed with scenographer, Heidi Dalene. The second work in this series O – The Healing Lump was part of Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival 2017. In fall 2017, Tormod Carlsen initiated The Bookshop which will take place in Black Box teater foyer until the end of 2018. Tormod Carlsen is an Associated artist at Black Box teater.