Jiennagoahti (lyttegamme/listening lodge) – An artwork dedicated to listening in the Bergen Mountains is an art project initiated by artist Elin Már Øyen Vister in dialogue with Sami artist and architect Joar Nango. Together with Lydgalleriet and Bergen Sámiid Searvi (Bergen Sami Association), the artists have realized the project from idea to completion.
The artists’ idea and wish is for Jiennagoahti to be a unique space for listening to Sami sound art, experimental music, poetry, literature and music. It will also be a place for contemplation and being together where cultural expressions can be experienced in close proximity to nature. Nature is inextricably linked to Sami culture, and the location in the Bergen Mountains is a reminder of how nature’s intrinsic value is linked to cultural identity and history.
Therefore, Jiennagoahti will also be a place for stories and tales of journeys from the North to Bergen, of the exchanges that have taken place for centuries between Bergen and Sápmi. An exchange of goods, but also of ideas, art, literature, music, and language that has shaped both places. Jiennagoahti is an art project with a multicultural perspective and with a focus on the local ecology at Torrfjellet.
Jiennagoahti is built as a “rundgamme”–a traditional Sami turf building–with Sámihouse AS in Tana as the responsible contractor. It was set up on Torrfjellet by Ole Muosát and Dan Henrik Heiberg from Sámihouse, along with the artistic supervisor, producer and volunteers during May 2022. The soundworks in Jiennagoahti are conveyed through a specially built goáhti system that runs on solar power, made by Norsk Radiofabrikk/Paal Rasmussen.
Jiennagoahti – An artwork dedicated to listening in the Bergen Mountains has a temporary location as a pilot and is a collaboration with the Bymiljøetaten of City of Bergen. The project is supported by KORO – Art in Public Space – with the reasoning that the project hopes to inspire new research and sharing of knowledge about Sápmi and Bergen. Furthermore, the project has received grants from Bergen City Council, Vestland County, Sámediggi, and Arts Council Norway.
Practical information: Access: There will be signs from Fløien – look for signs with Jiennagoahti Map link: https://maps.app.goo.gl/gAgfMe4Ttfiqv2pNA
Jiennagoahti is available for public visits through a trust-based booking system.
Jiennagoahti is available for public visits through a trust-based booking system, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Look out for a sign on Fløien (Bergen)
You can take Føibanen or walk up/down.