Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard Blog 3: Explosion - Escape when there is no escape

Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard reflects on further developments in his artistic research project: 'Music for the Inner Ear'.
19. Jun 2018

When attending the annual SAR conference in Plymouth back in April, the work of French philosopher Catherine Malabou was presented to me.

Especially her thoughts on plasticity and destructive plasticity as a creative force, was intriguing to me.

At that time, I did not know why, but during the course of the following days it dawned on me;

I had encountered the force of destructive plasticity within my own work – I had encountered an explosion.

I started to reflect upon, how a given method can result in a direct result – but also initiate a chain reaction leading towards critical mass followed by explosion.

Looking back at my own project I can now see that it has in fact exploded – so instead of being only text-works describing sound I´m now dealing with creating different potentials of sound, where text-music is only one media, and sound-installations without physical sound, another.

Back in April I exhibited my latest work at gallery Rum/Klang – a result of the explosion.

'Potential for 65 triangles' is a sound-installation that operates within a potential state, without any physical sound. The installation is experienced while wearing earmuffs, to block background sound, which enables the creation of an imaginary soundscape within the listeners mind. The audience are not allowed to touch the triangles, so that the piece will remain a sonic potential without answers.

'Potential for 65 triangles' (2018)


About Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

Composer, sound artist and associate professor at RMC.


Has published a large number of works in his own name, most recently the work series 'Sound X Sound' (2013-2016).


Composed music for the Esbjerg Ensemble, CPH: DOX, Jutlandia Saxophone Quarter, Ribe Kunstmuseum, Dark Music Days, G((o))ng Tomorrow, and MoMA's René Magritte Exhibition 'The Mystery of the Ordinary'.


Co-founder of the record company Hiatus and organizer of the non-event Curatorium.


Received a  number of awards throughout his career. He received the Leonie Sonning Scholarship in 2006 and was awarded by the Danish Arts Foundation in 2007. In 2014 he received the Creative Circle Silver Award for the soundscape to the René Magritte exhibition 'The Mystery of the Ordinary' at MoMA.


Graduated from RMC (2005/2012) andThe Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture (2008).


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By the Danish Ministry of Culture's definition, artistic research is an integrated part of any artistic process ammounting to an outcome available to the public, and accompanied by a reflection upon the process itself as well as the presentation of the result.