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Kuppelkupp: concert and film premiere

Past present & Tortusa and film by Alexander Gudmestad

12. Nov 2020 KL. 20:00 - 22:00

Welcome to a combined concert and music film premiere. Three new films accompanying the album ‘Eternal Return’ will be screened tonight. The music is composed and presented by the trio Past Present & Tortusa and the films are made by film maker Alexander Gudmestad. The musicians are John Derek Bishop (alias Tortusa) (live sampling), Simen Kiil Halvorsen (trumpet) and Alexander Hoholm (double bass).

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Past Present & Tortusa aims at creating a unique sound scape by capturing the atmosphere of Tortusa’s voice and the acoustic instruments. The album ‘Eternal Return’ can be described as reflections on the cycles of nature. The music often takes as its starting point the minimalistic aspects of musical structures, other times you will hear melodic and rhythmic improvisations. The three musicians are also exploring symphonic soundscapes. The trio combines jazz, contemporary and electronic music in ways that suggest both the most sublime and the most catastrophic moments in nature. In 2019 the trio published the album Eternal Return on Jazzland Recodrings and toured Germany, France, and Norway.


Film maker Alexander Gudmestad has made three films accompanying Past Present & Tortusa’s album ‘Eternal Return’. The films explore the moods of the album and the different passages of the music, from the dystopic to the hopeful. All films are recorded in Rogaland.


Nowhere is a visual journey accompanying Past Present & Tortusa’s song by the same title. The film moves in a meditative way through the calming landscapes of nature and men’s chaotic reality in a search for epic beauty and harsh truth.

The film is produced by Tallfilm AS and is financed by Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Stavanger Kommune and Filmkraft Rogaland.

Black Mist

In Black Mist the landscape of Jæren is twisted until unrecognition to accompany the dark, gloomy, and mystical atmosphere in the song.

Dawn of Hope

As the title says, Dawn of Hope is an optimistic change. The video moves slowly out of the dark and nightmarish expression from Black Mist and back to the meditative start of Nowhere.


Editing / Photo: Alexander Gudmestad

Photo: Nils Petter Midtun (Nowhere, Dawn of Hope)

Producer: Siw Angell-Olsen (Nowhere, Dawn of Hope)


Alexander Gudmestad (b.1989) is educated at University College Falmouth and has produced several short films and music videos in Norway and Great Britain. He lives in Stavanger.

Information about infection prevention measures in connection to COVID-19:

  • Stavanger Art Museum follows the Norwegian Directorate of Health´s rules for events.
  • To secure infection tracing everyone must buy their ticket beforehand. This also apply to groups that have free entrance to the museum (children, students and member of the Society of Friends and NBK).
  • Please note that changes in the program as a result of COVID-19 may occur.
  • We ask our guests to follow the recommended infection prevention measures; keep at least 1-meter distance to your fellow visitors and please use the alcohol-based sanitizers at the museum. If you are sick or have symptoms of infection, please stay at home.