Jana Winderen: biography
Jana Winderen is an artist educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, and with a background in mathematics and chemistry from the University in Oslo. Since 1993 she has worked as an artist, curator and producer. 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 is brought to the surface. She is concerned with finding and revealing sounds from hidden sources, like blind field recording.
Recent sounds works include “Water Signal”, commissioned by The Guggenheim Museum and the Unsound festival in New York for the Stillspotting project, "ultraworld", a commission by Sound and Music for the listening room at BEOPEN, Trafalgar square, London (2012), "Silenicing of the reefs: departure Iceland" (2012) for the installation "The Morning Line" (by Matthew Ritchie) for the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, "The Moat" (2012), a public sound installation for Flanders Festival Kortrijk (BE); "Live in Pisa" for Electronica alla Spina 4 in Italy; a concert and talk at MIT, Boston, in relation to the Tribute to Commemorate Electro-acoustic pioneer Marianne Amacher; "Survivors of the Waterworld – measuring pollution by sound" for Gøteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (2011); "Energy Field" live at ARS Electronica Festival for receiving the Golden Nica in 2011; "Energy Field Installation" and "Scuttling around in the shallows" for Galerie B-312 in Montréal, Canada, 2011 and for The Project Issue room, New York in the same year; "Between Dry Land", commissioned for the installation "The Morning Line" (by Matthew Ritchie) for the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, opened in Istanbul May 2010. "Spawning Ground - from Coquet Head to the North Sea" was also commissioned for the AV festival in Newcastle (2010), and in the same year Jana also opened a permanent sound installation at the Knut Hamsun Centre in Hamarøy, Norway.
Recent releases include the 12" Vinyl, "Debris" (2012), the album "Energy Field" (2010), "Heated: Live in Japan" (2009), all on Touch (UK); the audio cassette "The Noisiest Guys on the Planet" (2009) on Ash International (UK); the USB stick, "Ants"; the digital download "Submerged" (2009), also on Touch, and the 7" vinyl "Surface Runoff" (2008) on Autofact (USA). She is currently working on a new CD release for Touch (UK).
"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 occupied with finding sounds from unseen sources of sound, like blind field recordings. Over the last seven 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, as for example ultra sound, I use these sounds as source material for composition in a live environment or to create installations, currently also for film, radio, CD, MC and vinyl productions."