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The Only Lasting Truth is Change: Rehana Zaman, Zavoloka, Phelimuncasi, Matti Aikio

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The Only Lasting Truth is Change is an expanded symposium investigating future configurations of art, technology, nature and power.

Borrowing its title from the seminal science-fiction writer Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, the symposium uses Anarchy, Traces, and Mountains as grounds for the investigation. Inviting artists, scholars and the public to exercise new tactics for navigating reality, together we will learn from current forms of decentralisation, autonomy, solidarity and interdependence.  

See the full programme for 9–13 November at

For the part of the programme taking place from 21:00-02.30, please register in advance with TicketCo for free entry before 23:00. Tickets at the door are 150 NOK.

Østre, Østre Skostredet 3: 

21:00 Doors open 

21:45 Rehana Zaman: Rubus – performance (No late entry to Zaman´s performance between 21:45 and 22:45!)

Rehana Zaman presents Rubus, a performance investigating the social currencies and economies of industrial berry farming. Zaman has commissioned new texts from writers and poets Seán Elder, Nat Raha and Daniella Valz Gen to dialogue with Al Qazwini’s The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Existing Things; an influential work of Islamic cosmography from the 12th century. 

22:45 Zavoloka – audio-visual performance

Ukrainian-born and Berlin-based Kateryna Zavoloka, who goes by the stage name Zavoloka, is a composer, sound artist, performer, and visual artist who devotes herself to orchestrating uncompromising experimental music free from genre-dependent definitions and styles. Her works stem from a strong conceptual research-based core, and combines traditional and mechanical elements.

23:45 Phelimuncasi – concert

Phelimuncasi (Nyege Nyege), formed in 2012 in the Mlaszi township of Durban, South Africa, uses the Gqom genre as a vehicle for theatrical storytelling and social commentary, overlapping vivid conversation-style vocals with dark brooding beats. In their own words, “we wanted to make people dance of course, but we also wanted to make music that enchanted or poisoned our audience.”

00:45 Matti Aikio – DJ set

Matti Aikio is a Sámi visual artist from Finnish side of the Sápmi. His DJ-sets include music ranging from disco to house and techno, African rhythms and indigenous sounds from all over the world. He’s been spinning records in Rovaniemi, Tromsø, Oslo, Berlin, Oulu, Stavanger, Athens and Ulaanbaatar, and has, among others, recorded a DJ set for the public radio project "Every Time A Ear di Soun" as part of the documenta 14 exhibition.