A library and a workshop  
Led by Hild Borchgrevink and Ross Karre

The project Living Archives explores archiving and documentation as methods of sharing knowledge about music. 

Why are so many first performances of new music also the last? How could properties and qualities of interesting musical works outlast the ephemeral nature of music performance and live on to be reperformed and discussed a musical public space?

During NMD Living Archives will invite audience and artists to engage with the ideas behind the music played at NMD, through sound, scores, ephemera and a programme of artist presentations in a temporary Living Archives Library in Harpa

All composers in the Nordic Music Days' programme are invited to contribute sound, scores, inspirational material, process material, sketches and ephemera connected to their work programmed at NMD. The archives are open ended and documentation of Nordic Music Days will be added when produced.

In a Living Archives workshop on Saturday Oct 1 percussionist and video artist Ross Karre and his rKAD documentation team will present their artistic approach to documenting contemporary music in general and NMD 2016 in particular. The workshop will also invite NMD artists to pick up and discuss questions that arise during the process of creating the library.

Together with a group of students from the Iceland Art Academy, rKAD will document this year's NMD. The documentation will temporarily enter the Living Archives Library in Harpa, exploring archiving as a process and continuous activity.

rKAD is a collective of musicians and filmmakers dedicated to creatively archiving contemporary performing arts. They will be present in the Living Archive Library working on the documentation of the NMD, and can givehands-on demonstration of the current workflow and strategies for capturing live events. 


Living Archives is a collaboration between Hild Borchgrevink and Ross Karre. it builds on a workshop held during Nordic Music Days in Copenhagen 2015. The project is supported by Arts Council Norway, Norwegian-Icelandic Cultural Cooperation Fund


Ross Karre (b. 1983 in Battle Creek, MI) is a percussionist and temporal artist based in New York City. His primary focus is the combination of media selected from classical percussion, electronics, theater, moving image, visual art, and lighting design. After completing his Doctorate in Music at UCSD with Steven Schick, Ross formalized his intermedia studies with a Master of Fine Arts from UCSD. He is a percussionist and director of production for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and performs regularly with red fish blue fish, Third Coast Percussion (Chicago), the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble. His projection design work has been presented all over the world in prestigious venues such as the BBC Scotland, the Park Avenue Armory, the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, and the BIMhuis (Amsterdam). Ross is the founder of the crowd-sourced, contemporary music web archive metafields.org and the media collective rKAD (RossKarre Arts Documentation). www.rosskarre.com


Hild Borchgrevink is a music critic, writer and curator. She studied musicology and creative writing and is currently doing a degree in Art and public spaces at the Oslo Art Academy. She is active as a music critic and has worked for many years as a concert organizer in the field of new music. She is part of the curatorial board of the sound art gallery Lydgalleriet, Bergen. Hild Borchgrevink was one of three curators of Nordic Music Days 2015 and was the project leader of Happy Nordic Music Days in Oslo in 2009.


After growing up in Uzunköprü, Turkey, Merve Kayan studied at Denison University’s Cinema Department in Ohio. While making her own films she collaborated with various filmmakers and visual artists in New York and Istanbul as editor and director of photography. In 2010 she received her MFA in Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego. Her first feature Mavi Dalga (The Blue Wave), part of a series of collaborations with Zeynep Dadak, received Best First Feature, Best Editing and Best Screenplay awards at Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. She has exhibited her films and videos at International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Berlinale, TIFF Bell Lightbox and Istanbul Modern Art Museum. She continues to make films in different genres and lengths and writes for film and culture magazines internationally.


Monica Duncan grew up in Webster, NY—around the apple orchards along Lake Ontario, the industry of Kodak and the tales of the Rochester Rappings. Her time-based work investigates the nature of visual and temporal perception through camouflage, stillness and the surrogate body. Duncan’s work has been exhibited at Mousonturm, Frankfurt, The Kitchen, New York City, Parkhaus Projects, Berlin, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, BS1 Contemporary Art, Beijing, ZKM Karlsruhe and LACMA, Los Angeles. She has attended residencies at the Experimental Television Center and has been a Visiting Artist at Atlanta College of Art. Duncan received her BFA at NYSCC at Alfred University and MFA from the University of California San Diego. She is currently studying choreography and performance at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany.