I like to think of myself as a multi-artist. It takes less time to explain sometimes since I am involved in so many different forms of art. Beside music, photography, and poetry I am also a writer/journalist (occasionally doing work on a freelance basis for various magazines and newspapers), as well as I have a few times been the producer on some short film projects. For me personally it has become important to not limit oneself to one form of art, rather work with several different ones individually or combined. There are so many ideas in my head that needs to be expressed, and not all of them can be described or expressed with music alone, that’s why short films accompanied by music is a very interesting medium. It lets you explore new grounds and ways of expressing art.
I was born on the 3rd of December 1971 in Stavanger, Norway. During my studies in Form & Text, mainly dealing with photography, journalism, graphic design and other multi media related subjects, I soon found my love and adoration for photography. I find inspiration in most of the things that life has to offer, or which I stumble upon.
My photos mostly deal with things that surround us on a day to day basis, and the beauty of it, in its many shapes, forms and incarnations. I have also been active with music since 1994, when Penitent first came to life. Currently I record and release music under the names of Arcane Art, Defraktor, Dense Vision Shrine, Penitent, The Flux Komplex, as well as my own name. During the past years I have been performing audio visual shows either under my own name or as Defraktor, Dense Vision Shrine and Penitent.
A lot of people refuse to consider or accept “multimedia” as an art's expression. To me it is another instrument to express feelings and emotions. To those who refuse to consider “multimedia” as an art form or art’s expression I can say that I cannot whatsoever find any reason why “multimedia” shouldn’t qualify as a form of art. Maybe they simply don`t understand the term multimedia, so let me enlighten them a bit on this issue. We, or at least most of us, acknowledge music/sound, film/visuals, text/lyrics, performance/dance/theatre etc as art forms as well as they are separate forms of expression, thereby also becoming a media type. Then, when one decide to combine two or more of these expressions it becomes a multimedia expression. Is a multi media liveshow which includes music, lyrics, film, visuals and performance/dance any less art than a theatre or for that matter a book, a film or a painting? I really don’t see how anyone wholeheartedly can claim that multimedia is less art, when combining various art forms, than when they are performed individually.