News & Updates

This spring we have worked on the pilot-project «Trylle på ekte», this is a art mediation project for youth arranged by DKS Aust-Agder and Kulturtanken. The project is inspired by Virtually there created by Kids’ Own in Irland, and it is a long-term project were we have had ten meetings with a class during one semester. Nine of this meetings have been via virtual technology, but in the last meeting we had a day with the class in their classroom. The art mediation project takes it starting point in our own artistic practices, and during this spring we have together with the pupils explored the process from a seed to a plant, made experiments to see what kind of conditions the plants needed to grow and survive and worked with programing and animations. We have explored different creative strategies by using drawing and text. Here are some pictures from our last meeting were the pupils amongst other got to explore and listen to the biosignals from their plants, and from their own bodies, and use plants as control-pads for their own animations.

19-21.04 we are exhibiting together with Katrin Westman, Lisa Irvall and Karin Broos at the Residense Gunnerud in Sunne. Here we will present parts of the work Electronis Flora - Montserrat, and we will also make a small performance with plants. Residense Gunnerud is a new artist residence run by the ALMA LÖV MUSEUM.

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Recording sounds and video both over- and underwater during the Greenlight District Workshop at Skotfoss in Telemark. In september you can experience the finished work during this artfestival arranged by Kunsthall Grenland, Telemark Kunstsenter, Spriten Kunsthall og Skien Kunstforening. To read more about Greenlight District please visit this webpage:

Releasing our third music video from the new album Starmap!

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Lerin/Hystad are preparing new artworks by recording sleepy winter birches.

Photo: Tom-Erik Lønnerød

Photo: Tom-Erik Lønnerød

Lerin/Hystad will perform with plants at Kolonin in Arvika/Sweden on the 09.02.19, the concert is part of the program “Antropocen”. To read more about this program please visit the link (in Swedish):

“Only Kindness is part of Lerin/Hystad debut album Starmap. The album marks a change in the making for the duo incorporating vocals for the first time in their experimentalism. An album that perfectly showcases how their electronic multi-layered tapestries are perfectly merged with ambient soundscapes, but also jazz and pop. Innovative, yes. Gorgeous, for sure. But also very brave.” Where the Music Meets

To read the rest of this review please visit the page below:

Happy New Year! We are starting this new year with a release of a new song from the album Starmap! This is Only Kindness!


On December 6 we will release our new album Starmap. Please enjoy the first track. This is Taken To The Skies.

Here you can see a documentation video from our exhibition Electronic Flora Telemark! To see more photos please visit the page Electronic Flora - Telemark.


You can now listen to the 10 different plants that we have recorded in Telemark, just follow this link to Bandcamp


We are opening the exhibition Electronic Flora Telemark at Spriten Kunsthall in Skien/Norway on the 19th of October. Here is a sneak peak of one of the video works in the audiovisual installation.


Performing on the Seasid Picnic Festival in Langesund using the electronic signals from this amazing plant!



On the 21 of July Lerin / Hystad will do a performance at the Hildelund Konstfestival - Alltings Början in Västra Ämtervik. We will us the electronic signals from the pelargon called Mårbacka. Västra Ämtervik is situated close to the home of the Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf who had a lot of these flowers in her house, the flower are named after her home.



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Recording plants in Telemark! Working on our exhibition at Spriten Kunsthall this fall!



Rosmarinus (Short Version)

Video and music generated by electronic signals from a Rosemary plant. Signals recorded using a MIDI Sprout and fed trough a modular synthesizer. Video editing is also controlled by the same MIDI signals. This is a short version of the video, original duration 12:47 minutes.



Genista Scorpius

The music in this video is generated by using a MIDI Sprout on a Genista Scorpius flower. The MIDI Sprout uses GSR sensors which reads electrical currents inside the flower and converts these impulses into MIDI data. The MIDI data controls a modular synthesizer generating the music. Part of the video is also controlled by the same MIDI data from the flower.



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We are Artist in Residence at Can Serrat in El Bruc outside of Barcelona this month. We are having a nice time recording plants on top of mountains.



Video describing how Lerin/Hystad uses a MIDI Sprout together with modular synthesizers to create music.



Playing with plants and lights at Skien Kunsthall 9 february 2018!



From the 2017 Japan Tour, here is Moon Jelly live at Brand New in Osaka!



Next year will be interesting, we are so happy to receive the Skien Municipalities Art Grant! We will move and live in Skien in January and work on a new project based on the soundmarks of the city! Here you can read the Jury's reasoning (in Norwegian).

Kunstnerduoen Simon Torssell Lerin og Bettina Hvidevold Hystad er mottakere av Skien kommunes kunstnerstipend med opphold i Skien 2018

Simon Torssell Lerin (f. 1985) og Bettina Hvidevold Hystad (f. 1985) har jobbet sammen som kunst – og musikkduoen Lerin/Hystad siden 2010. De har begge en mastergrad fra Konstfack i Stockholm og en bachelorgrad fra Kunsthøyskolen i Bergen. Duoen arbeider interdisiplinært med billedkunst og eksperimentell musikk. Deres arbeider presenteres oftest som audiovisuelle installasjoner eller som konserter. Duoen har deltatt i flere separatutstillinger og gruppeutstillinger i Skandinavia, Europa og Asia. De spiller også regelmessig konserter i Europa og Asia.

Lerin/Hystad benytter feltopptak som bearbeides til nye komposisjoner. De er opptatt av å identifisere auditive landemerker – lyder som er unike for en spesifikk plass. I Skien ønsker kunstduoen å identifisere lyder som er unike for dette området og la disse inngå i nye kunstproduksjoner.


To read more:

"Stipendvinner ville finne byens unike lyd"


"Stord-kunstnar fekk stort kunstnarstipend"




So happy to be apart of this interesting exhibition at B OA together with some really amazing artists.



Foto: Line Fasteraune

Foto: Line Fasteraune

Foto: Line Fasteraune

Foto: Line Fasteraune

To read a text about the exhibition and to get to know more about the artist please visit




Video from our performance at "Fjåge i Hillevåg" 2017 in Stavanger, Norway.




The website is updatet with a presentation of the works SALT(WATER)



The website is updated with pictures from our exhibition at the Kristinehamns Konstmuseum.



Saturday 13.05 we performed the new sett Creatures Of The Deep live at the opening of our exhibition at Kristinehamns Konstmuseum. 



The website is updated with pictures from our exhibition at Stord Kunsthall. 





Next Saturday 13.05 we will be doing a concert at the opening of Klubben arranged by Vänföreningen Kristinehamns konstmuseum‎. 




Lerin / Hystad has recieved the Kristinehamn Konstmuseum scholarship. We will open an exhibition at Kristinehamn Konstmusuem on May 13, Lerin / Hystad will also perform a concert at the opening of the show. The exhibition will be open until late August 2017. (Below you will find the motivation from the jury in Swedish)

Kristinehamns konstmuseum och Vänföreningen Kristinehamns konstmuseum har glädjen att presentera 2017 år stipendiemottagare:

Simon Torssell Lerin & Bettina Hvidevold Hystad

Juryns motivering:
Lerin/Hystads verk framkallar mångbottnade audiovisuella koncept. Båda konstnärerna utforskar genom olika processer interferenser mellan ljud, musik, fotografi, video, text och måleri. Vi blir bjudna på en resa i gränslandet mellan installation och performance som kännetecknas av både lekfullhet och exakthet - nya överraskande dörrar öppnas mellan konst och experimentell musik!

En utställning med Lerin/Hystad kommer att öppnas samtidigt med sommarutställningen den 13 maj.



The website is updated with pictures and text from our exhibition at the Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag. You will also find presentations of our new works Creatures Of The Deep and In Bloom.



Read more about our exhibition Creature of the Deep at Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag! The text is written by the Museum Educator Ingeborg Bodzioch!



Our exhibition Creatures of the deep have opened at the Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag. It is recommended by the Norwegian paper Aftenposten as one of the exhibitions to see this week.



Creatures Of The Deep is nominated to win the Gyllene Skivan 2016 for best jazz album



Our solo exhibition at the Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag opens on the 21.01.17. We will present new works from our ongoing project Creatures of the deep together with Svartvatnet, Amaterasu and Mount Buzhou.



"It's all more organic, futuristic, sparkling and exuberant. And you hear the fun going on off, thanks to the many wonderful, frivolous and sometimes almost alien sounds they produce. Thus they simply deliver their third strong listening adventure in a row."
Our new album reviewed in De Subjectivisten.




Our new album is now available on CD! Order here, releases on November 25!
Also here is a new track for you!…/time-to-leave-the-mountain



Listen to our new track Creatures Of The Deep on the Kinky Star Radio show!




"Tasteful and imbued with a childlike sense of wonder, Lerin/Hystad’s “Creatures Of The Deep” is a truly joyful album." Lerin / Hystad's new album reviewed by Beach Sloth. Check it out!




Interview with Lerin / Hystad about the new album Creatures Of The Deep out on November 25. Check it out!



Really fun track review of our new single Moon Jelly, check it out! Thank you very much Yeah I Know It Sucks for the feature!



New music video out now!



Our new album is now available for pre-order!
Stream and download the first track here!
This album was mainly composed on modular synthesizer and combines electronic melodies with acoustic rythms from marimba, maracas and live drums.
We hope you like it!



The Mount Buzhou and Amaterasu vinyl is now available at the LAMOUR RECORD SHOP!



Watch the first video from our audio-visual zoetrope installation.
This is the first zoetrope in a series of six that will all be a part of our upcoming exhibitions next year!
The music is composed from a recording of the zoetrope engine which is processed through a modular synthesizer, modulating, filtering and triggering stuff.




Thank you for having us RAM Galleri, Spaces Speak #5.



Our new work Hålfall is presented on the webpage, please find it under artworks.



We are playing a concert at Spaces Speak#5, RAM Galleri in Oslo on the 18.08.16.



The concert with Damo Suzuki Network at FGT in Stockholm was sadly cancelled due to problem with Damo Suzuki flight. Hopefully we will find a new date for this concert. Information about this will be posted as soon as posible.



Lerin / Hystad are exhibiting their works Mount Buzhou and Amaterasu at Studio 17 (Stavanger/Norway) from 09-12.07.16!



Lerin / Hystad is now available on cassette released by Nonfigurativ Musikk! The casette features a live-recording from Café M in Tønsberg recorded on the 12th of March 2016!



Lerin / Hystad has a new website, here you can listen to our music, see videos and pictures. You can also follow our new projects and get updates about were we will perform and exhibit next. If you want to buy some of our releases please follow the link to the Soundcloud!