Talk : Aquasonic: The Sound
- Thursday, 09.03
- 13.00 - 14.30
- Upstairs, Bergen Kunsthall, Rasmus Meyers allé 5
- Jana Winderen
Composer Jana Winderen in conversation with Knut Korsbrekke from Havforskningsinstituttet and Geir Pedersen from Christian Michelsen Research about what they have experienced from listening under water.
Artist and composer Jana Winderen has spent her life listening under water, creating artworks that bring her into contact with the shifting and sometimes precarious lives of mammals, fish and other organisms that live in the world’s waters. Scientists at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen have long used sound as a way to map water currents and fish movements, through techniques such as hydrophone recording and echograms, to better understand this world beneath the waves. Where then do these two practices meet? One, a sound-focused, creative practice, the other a data-driven scientific research project. We ask Jana Winderen and members of the marine biology community to discuss where their work converges, how important listening is to our understanding of the oceans, and what science and art can learn from each other.
After the talk there will be a musical intervention in Matana Roberts’ exhibition I Call America, in NO. 5.
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 of Oslo. In 2011 she won the Golden Nica, Ars Electronica, for Digital Musics & Sound Art¬ – one of the most important awards for creativity and pioneering spirit in the field of digital media. “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 landscapes, about which we are largely ignorant, even if the oceans cover more than 70% of our planet.”