Rockheim will open the exhibition "MoE – we who loved chaos" on 28 January 2022 - an exhibition about the band MoE, the do-it-yourself culture and encounters between people in a changing world.
"MoE – We who loved chaos" is an exhibition portraying an alternative way of working and communicating through music. This is a network-based "do-it-yourself" method with historical roots in segments of the underground music scene, where a flat power structure, artistic dialogue and collaboration are vital prerequisites for music. The exhibition tells the tale of networks across national boundaries, of travel, food, encounters with people, dedication and the will to do things on one’s own. A lifestyle and a profession that have faced significant challenges since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The exhibition is a collaboration between MoE, Rockheim and multi-artist Lasse Marhaug. Marhaug has been one of Norway's foremost sound artists since the 1990s and has been responsible for MoE's visual expression on a number of record releases.
Guro Skumsnes Moe and Håvard Skaset started MoE in 2008. At the time, they were already established musicians with experience in varied forms of musical expression. The group MoE enabled them to combine their experience within a musical expression characterized by heavy-as-lead, physical noise rock. Fifteen years later, MoE has toured the world, produced more than 20 releases and participated in a number of collaborative projects with other artists. From the start, the band chose to perform and disseminate their music on the fringes of the commercial music industry. They produce and market their music under their own record label, book tours themselves, and play in parts of the world where Norwegian artists normally do not perform.
This way of working is about cooperation between people, and mealtime is an important part of the meeting between musicians, organizers and cultures. MoE have collected recipes from their travels around the world, and these are compiled in a recipe-fanzine that will be distributed in conjunction with the exhibition opening.
The world shut down in 2020. The do-it-yourself culture, which has been dependent on networks, tour itineraries and physical meetings, was severely affected. Although some countries have begun to re-open, a new reality now confronts touring musicians and culture workers. What will be the impact on interpersonal exchanges and cooperation in a world that may never be the same as before?
Exhibition opening 28 January, The Rockheim Gallery.
For more information on the exhibition:
Project manager and conservator Rockheim
Press contact Rockheim:
Ina Morken Moland