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


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.

Following Karen Gimli’s sound premiere, the artist Olga Nikonova will be presenting a new sound commission. For her piece The World is Burning Mix at The Common LivingRoom, Nikonova delved into the ethical and political issues around climate justice. “As we want difference, it’s important to do differently than what we want to change. The world is burning and the children have said it clearly many times: climate justice. The adults keep on listening to the boomers and gen x. Hmm. Something is off. So here is a mixtape…”

Premiere The World is Burning Mix
On Thursday 24th September at 20:00, join the premiere on Mixcloud where we’ll be broadcasting Nikonova’s piece. Later on, “The World is Burning Mix” will be also available on Spotify as part of The Common Living Room 2020 playlist.

Olga Nikonova

Upcoming guest: Ihra Lill Scharning

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.