Category Archives: Curatorial

Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 2013

OFF-ROAD I spent Norway’s Constitution Day at the landfill in Asunción, capital of Paraguay, home to the young mem­bers of The Recycled Instruments Orchestra of Cateura. Playing the violin is not the most obvious pastime for the inhabitants there; neverthe­less, using instruments made from recycled waste, this orchestra has be­ come a cornerstone in the […]

Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 2010

Craftmanship Recently we have seen a renewed interest in craftsmanship through the growth of art movements like DIY (do it yourself) and craftivism. these do not focus on the traditional idea of solid craftsmanship but on the political, on independence through self-production, and as a counterweight to the demands of consumer culture to hire someone […]

nyMusikk / Happy Days Sound Festival

Between 2003 and 2009, Hagen served as President and Artistic Director for nyMusikk, Norway’s centre for experimental music and sound art, and the Norwegian section of ISCM, International Society for Contemporary Music. During this time, he co-curated five editions of Happy Days, including one edition hosting Nordic Music Days.