VANDRERE – JANA WINDEREN
Freshwater biologists count underwater insects and use this data as an indicator of the water´s health. If one identifies the sound of specific underwater insects, that have the capability to survive various forms of pollution, one can possibly, through focused listening, reach an understanding of the health of the river. In this work. Winderen has listened to and been focused on fish and plankton in the Aker River and inner Oslo Fjord and the fish migrations both up and down river. She creates a sound installation with local sound situation in context with other areas of the earth, from seas and rivers where fish and mammals migrate.
Winderen´s installation consists of underwater recordings from the Aker River and inner Oslo Fjord and set in a context with underwater footage from the Caribbean Ocean, the North Atlantic, the Barents Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
Her work aims to divulge that local conditions affects and is affected by the global eco-climate. By looking into a microscope and through focused listening, she has discovered relationships and arrived at understandings that would otherwise have been missed. In freshwater, the listener can hear underwater insects use of “stridulation” that suggests the state of health of any river or lake.
The exhibition Vandrere at Tenthaus, Oslo, consisted of drawings and a 13 channel sound installation.
Vandrere (2016), 13 kanals lydinstallasjon (36:00)
Corixidae (2016), A3 blyant tegning på papir
Esox Lucius (2016), A1 blyant tegning på papir
Meganyctiphanes Norvegica (2016), A1 blyant tegning på papir
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JANA WINDEREN is an artist educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, and with a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology from the University in Oslo. Winderen researches the hidden depths with the latest technology; her work reveals the complexity and strangeness of the unseen world beneath. The audio topography of the oceans and the depth of ice crevasses are brought to the surface. She is concerned with finding and revealing sounds from hidden sources, both inaudible for the human senses and sounds from places and creatures difficult to access.
Recent works include “Surface Interruption” (2016) for the Meštrovićev pavilion in Zagreb, “Pasvikdalen” (2015) for the Sonic Acts Festival / Dark Ecology in Amsterdam, “Dive” (2014), a 64 channel audio installation in Park Avenue Tunnel, commissioned by New York Department of Transportation, “Ultrafield” (2013) commissioned by MoMA, Museum og Modern Art in New York, “ultraworld” (2012) commissioned by Sound and Music for BEOPEN at Trafalgar Square, London, “Between Dry Land” (2011) for Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Istanbul. Recent releases include the “The Wanderer” on Ash International (UK), “Out of Range” (2014), “Debris” (2012) and “Energy Field” (2010) on Touch (UK).
From 2011 – 2014 she was resident artist at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Academy on the vessel Dardanella with her ongoing project “Silencing of the reefs”. In May 2016 she recorded in the marginal ice zone in the Barents sea during the spring bloom, and in 2015 under the sea ice by the North Pole for her ongoing project «Iskanten». She is currently working on commissions for installations and concerts internationally. Winderen releases her work on Touch (UK). In 2011 she won the Golden Nica, for Digital Musics & Sound Art, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. More info at www.janawideren.com
October 14th – November 6th 2016
Exhibition preview: Friday October 14th, 5 pm – 8 pm