Jana Winderen

Short biography

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. She is currently (until 14 October 2017) exhibiting a 10 channel sound installation, "Rats - secret soundscapes of the city" commissioned by the Munch museum/NyMusikk in collaboration with the Ultimafestival in Oslo (2017), and "bára" commissiond by TBA21 Academy for the exhibition Tidalectics in Vienna (until 19 November 2017).

Recent works include "Transmission" for the V-A-C foundation at Geometry of Now, Moscow (2017), "Spring Bloom in the marginal Ice Zone" for Sonic Acts festival, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam (2017) and the concert commission "Classified" for the Borealis festival in Bergen (2017). Previous;y she had an installation in Park Avenue Tunnel, New York City, in the summer of 2014 and exhibited at MoMA, NYC in 2013. Jana was recently an artist-in-residence at the TBA21 Academy and releases her audio-visual works on Touch.

In 2011 Jana won the Golden Nica, Ars Electronica, for Digital Musics & Sound Art. Amongst her activities are immersive multi-channel installations and concerts and has performed all over the world. She currently lives and works in Oslo.

Jana 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.

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Artist Statement

I like the immateriality of a sound work and the openness it can have for both associative and direct experience and sensory perception. I have been busy searching for sounds from hidden sources, frequencies which are not possible for us to perceive, as well as from places and creatures that are hard to access. Over the last ten years I have collected recordings made by hydrophones, from rivers, shores and the ocean in Asia, Europe and America, from glaciers in Greenland, Iceland and Norway. In the depths of the oceans there are invisible but audible soundscapes, about which we are largely ignorant, even if the oceans cover 70% of our planet. I am also experimenting with different types of microphones to collect sounds which are not obviously recognisable, but give room for broader, more imaginative readings or sounds that are unreachable for the human senses, such as ultrasound. I use these sounds as source material for composition in a live environment or to create installations, also for film, dance, radio, CD, cassette and vinyl productions.

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