Behind ”Hello - The Pope is Dead” project is the Danish SøS Gunver Ryberg
During the last years she has, alone and in collaboration with other artists, worked with sound and video installations shown at different locations, some of them at the Charlottenborg exhibition hall in Cph, Roskilde Festival at the Cinema Scene, and at the VEGA night club and music venue in Cph.
SøS Gunver Ryberg lives part time in Copenhagen and Esbjerg. She is a 1st year student at the ”Tonespace” study programme at the VMK Music Conservatory in Esbjerg, Denmark. This new study programme ”Tonespace” is the first and only of its kind at all the Music Conservatories in DK to cover both experimental music, soundart and electronic music in a project-oriented way.
She experiments with different medias and modes of expression. Her way of approaching the music is anarchistic in the sense that she does not follow the written rules for music. She uses all kinds of sounds and also the principle of coincidence throughout her working process.
She has studied acting and performance in New York, London, Sibiria and Denmark. Since 1999 she has worked as an actress and performer especially for the business world and developed concepts for interactive performances. She has performed in films, commercials, stunts, shows, speaks and cultural projects.
She participated in the culture festival ”Danish Newave” in New York 1999 and at the Istanbul Bienniale 2007 she will present the soundpiece ”Hello - the Pope is dead”.
”Hello - the Pope is dead” is a collection of personal recordings from the night the Pope died mixed with the reactions of the world on the Pope’s death as seen through the media.
She creates an intense space for reflection, setting the contrasts of the disco nightlife with its opinions of immortality and mortality in relationship to the Pope’s death and the continuation of the ”Pope” as an institution.