Sat & Sun Apr 5 & 6 2014 from 12:00-18:00

Acoustic Laptops with Origami Boe

The “acoustic laptops” are wood boxes with various tiny objects attached; springs, stones, metal, rubber, string, needles, memorabilia – amplified by contact mikes (piezos).

They are musical instruments with which you can explore a sound world that usually passes unnoticed and thus connects with unfiltered reality in a pleasurable way.

In workshops where people are invited to create their own “personal pc’s”. These events are always entertaining, for young or old, for the previously informed or the absolute amateur. Thus the acoustic laptops as functional flux-boxes are starring in both informal social settings and the established world of art.

In these times of digital options and general gadget worship, the acoustic laptops demonstrate the complexity of simplicity, the reframing and recycling of objects, the contemporary urge to reconnect to hands-on creation and the ethos of the do-it-yourself culture.

The acoustic laptops are not an anti-digital statement, they are a neutral addition that form a great platform for altering the perception of possibilities.

acoustic laptop 1 acoustic laptop 2

Tore Honoré Bøe is a Norwegian transmedia artist working and living in the Canary Islands. During the last twenty years he has played hundreds of concerts, given workshops, published books and released an immense amount of recordings in almost any format available. He has exhibited visual art and submitted material to a vast load of magazines and blogs. He has also collaborated in various ways with a roster of international artists, among others Roel Meelkop, Lasse Marhaug, Lee Patterson, Jochen Arbeit, Derek Holzer, Jarboe, Andy Bolus, Alexander Rishaug, Helge “Deathprod” Sten, NU Unruh, Terje Paulsen, Mick Harris, Guido Huebner, Michael Gira, Ronnie Sundin, Johannes Bergmark, Ellen Røed, Bryan Day, Mark Spybey, Erik Honoré, Jan Bang and Kim Xmazz. Most times he operates on his own (under full name, as Origami Boe, Origami 13051826 or 2re), but also in more permanent groups like the ambient-neofolk nine-piece ensemble Origami Arktika, the electro-acoustic duo KA (with Kai Kobi Mikalsen) and the free improv duo Origami Tacet (with double-bass player Michael F. Duch). He is currently working as a coordinator, creating the open online archive of the cultural network Origami Republika that he was the instigator of in 1990. This open network now counts nearly 300 members from all around the globe, all with different backgrounds and artistic accents.

Exhibitions, commissions, presentations and workshops include a.o. Academy Of Fine Arts (Porto), Avant Garde Festival (Schiphorst), Only Connect (Oslo), District Berlin (Berlin), Ekkofestivalen/Ephemeral Sustainability (Bergen), Nødutgangfestivalen (Bodø), Nicolai For Børn (Kolding), radiaL X (Lisabon), Music Tech Fest (London), The Museum Of Mechanical Art & Design (Stratford Upon Avon), Kinetica Art Fair (London), Gaïté Lyrique (Paris), Éspacio Digital (Las Palmas), Sound Of Mu (Oslo), Can Xalant (Mataró), Haus der Kulturen Der Welt (Berlin), meta.morf biennial (Trondheim), The Royal Academy Of Music (Århus), Verwertung Festival (Berlin), Art=Adding Exhibition (Stettin) andsupport acts for Einstürzende Neubauten on various tours (Lisboa, Málaga, Oslo, Århus, Hamburg, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam).


Location: NK – Elsenstr. 52 2HH 2Etage 12059 Berlin
When: Apr 5 & 6th 2014 from 12:00-18:00 (15 min break)

Participants should bring a wood box (painter’s case, tea box, cigar box) and whatever tiny object they think might make sound”

Please preregister for this workshop by sending an email to with the subj line Origami Boe Workshop.

For questions about the workshop please write
Max nr of participants: 15