YOKO ONO: ONOCHORD (lighthouse)


Henningsvær, Lofoten

20 January 2018 – 28 February 2018



ONOCHORD (lighthouse) at Henningsvær Lighthouse, is a new installation by Yoko Ono in the archipelago of Lofoten, Norway, produced by Faurschou Art Resources in collaboration with KaviarFactory, and curated by Luise Faurschou and Yoko Ono's exhibition director, Jon Hendricks.

Yoko Ono is one of the great artists of today, renowned for her instruction pieces, installations, and films. Yoko Ono is also known as a musician, singer and peace activist. ONOCHORD is an instructional work by the artist, in which she invites everyone to send the message 'I love you' to each other, around the world and to the universe. The message is sent through Yoko Ono's own code: called ONOCHORD, consisting of a series of light flashes: I (one blink) Love (two blinks) You (three blinks).


It is the first time the ONOCHORD message will be sent from a lighthouse. The lighthouse at Henningsvær is situated north of the arctic circle, and will send out the ONOCHORD message continuously twenty-four hours a day. Surrounded by Northern lights, darkness, white mountains, and the sea, the message emitting from the lighthouse is not only a message from person to person, but also from people to the planet. In the words of the artist: “There is so much fear, confusion and anger in the world and it’s nice to have a moment when we think of love, instead of anything else” (Yoko Ono). A livestream from Henningsvær will make the message visible across the world.


The project is supported by: C. Ludens Ringnes Stiftelse, Kulturnæringsstiftelsen SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge, Nordland fylkeskommune and Skyline Webcams.



KaviarFactory is a former caviar factory in Henningsvær, turned into an international venue for contemporary art. Located in Henningsvær, Norway, it takes advantage of its off-the-grid location and aims to offer experiences and confrontations that never previously have been available to such regions. The KaviarFactory is owned and run by Venke Hoff and Rolf Hoff, who also own the lighthouse in Henningsvær.


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