About us

Notam seen from the river. Photo: Mads Kjeldgaard

Notam is the Norwegian centre for technology, art and music

We are a centre for professional artists who work with art, music and technology. We are part of the whole process from idea to execution.

Our main activities are:

  • Help in the creative process
  • Research and development
  • Education
  • Presentation of art

Helping in the creative process is the main area of interest for Notam. Our competences cover programming, physics, research, sound engineering and art. We use these to develop solutions and projects in collaboration with artists. Any artist who wants a key card for Notam can get it. This means Notam is open and operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Several hundred artists per year make use of this opportunity. On average, we have artists from more than 20 different countries working here every year.

Research and development is an important part of pushing the boundaries of our field and developing our own expertise. Our institution is based on knowledge and we have a responsibility to develop and share knowledge. Notam publishes articles, advise scholars og partake in research projects in the academic sector.

Education is important to strengthen the individual artists and the collective field as such. Notam teaches artists and students programming, sound engineering and other relevant subjects. We wish to educate artists and increase their competence when making art to help them work in an explorative and creative way using new technologies. These days, knowledge of information flow and the insides of digital media is fundamental for artists.

The last part of our work is to present the finished artistic statements in public through concerts and exhibitions in an attempt to widen the reach and influence of national and international art.

Here at Sandakerveien 24 we are not alone. Notam rents out offices and space for artists and newly established companies. In total we are a bout 20 people at Notam. Our studio collective is the place where for example the video artist may meet an international guest artist and partake in a discussion with the physicist. This becomes one of the main strengths of Notam: An interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.

Notam is primarily funded by the Arts Council Norway and Komponistenes Vederlagsfond.

Employees

Christian Blom
director
blom@notam02.no

Cato Langnes
sound engineer and producer
catola@notam02.no
+47 932 28 864

Thom Johansen
developer and operations manager
thomj@notam02.no
+47 401 40 775

Mads Kjeldgaard
communication manager / developer
mads@notam02.no

Henrik Sundt
developer (signal processing)
hsundt@notam02.no
+47 402 24 941

Asbjørn Blokkum Flø
course developer and live electronics performer
asbjorn@notam02.no
+47 22 35 80 60

Hans Wilmers
developer (electronics)
hanswil@notam02.no
+47 924 59 361

Board

  • Bjarne Kvinnsland, chairman
  • Bente Leiknes Thorsen, vice-president
  • Hilde Tørdal, member
  • Peter Edwards, member
  • Kristin Bergaust, medlem
  • Cato Langnes, employee’s representative, member

Deputy members

  • Kristin Norderval, 1. alternate
  • Stephan Meidell, 2. varamedlem

All annual reports for Notam can be found here.