The Common LivingRoom: Ch. Sofa Sounds, Ep.1 Best Hits & Radical Politics w. Karen Gimle


premiered on Mixcloud in 2020 and a second itineration happened at radiOrakel in 2021

Earlier this year, The Union launched a new series of events under the title The Common LivingRoom, starting off with the chapter WINDOW VIEWS | ep. Artists vs. Non-artists talks. This time around, we want to introduce you to a new chapter SOFA SOUNDS | ep. Best Hits & Radical Politics. In this series of podcasts and audio labs, our guests will be creating political mashups featuring their best hits on protest songs, political speeches, and more. Radically reflecting on issues spanning from social movements, national and international politics, critical theory, and pressing topics on our current cultural life.

Our first guest is the artist Karen Gimle with a new sound commission called The Force, a strong and immersive sound created specifically for this series. Gimle underlines overlooked processes connected to power structures, abuse of power, water as capital, overload, disability, and fascism.

Premiere The Force
On Sunday 20th September at 15:00, all The Union’s social platforms will be simultaneously broadcasting Gimle’s piece. Visit our Mixcloud and Instagram page as well as our website to join the premiere. Later on, The Force will be also available on Spotify as part of The Common Living Room 2020 playlist.


Karen Gimle (b. 1982) in Nøtterøy, Norway. Gimle has her education from Malmø and Lisbon, and is currently living and working between Nesodden and Oslo. Her work often revolves around consciousness, power structures, memory, and myths. Karen Gimle’s practice moves freely between different media: she works with installations, photography, sculpture, and more

Upcoming guest: Olga Nikonova

listen to all The Common LivingRoom sounds here!

The Common LivingRoom is a community-generated programme, to create community networks by triggering creative solidarity engagement within and ‘outside’ the household. To respond to our current times, collaborators based in Norway will be invited to produce performative actions, e-publications, and micro study meetings over the upcoming months. For that to happen, we have crafted an invitation-in-sequence process; each direct collaborator will be selecting an individual(s) to lead the next event session(s). Aiming to facilitate face-to-face encounters between professionals in various artistic areas and individuals in society.

The Common LivingRoom is supported by Kulturrådet (Arts Council Norway) and KORO – Public Art Norway.