Listening with Carp, 2019
Listening with Carp, Now is the Time was composed in Wuzhen, China. In the material that Winderen has recorded we hear the sound produced by the various fish living in canals. The work combines this local sound material with recordings made in the world’s oceans, which has a sound frequency that both carp and humans can hear. The work is on display as part of the Wuzhen Contemporary Art Exhibition March 31–June 30, 2019. Read more here.
Through the bones, 2018
For thousands of years, fishermen have been locating fish and other sea creatures in the water by listening through the surface with a wooden oar. This ancient technique has been practised in various communities around the world and, for instance, in Greenland they use oars to detect whale songs. This listening is possible because the sound created by the creatures living under the water is transmitted through the wooden oar and into the human skull, and via the bone directly into the inner ear. Marine mammals and fish use an equivalent listening mechanism.
Jana Winderen found this way of listening on her field trip to Thailand for the Biennale, and has since made several visits to Thailand to learn more about this listening mechanism and about the way that villages that practise sustainable fishing maintain a healthy, viable community by caring for both environment and people. Through the bones combines the mechanics of listening using oars with new technology and hydrophone recording techniques. Visitors to the 2018 Thailand Biennale also had a chance to listen to underwater life through oars in the River Pali under the guidance of local fishermen. Read more here.
Rats – secret soundscapes of the city, 2017
Rat colonies live in mutual coexistence with humans. Some communication between rats is in the ultrasound frequency range – above 20,000 Hz, which is inaudible to the human ear. Jana Winderen wanted to discover whether the stories of rats serenading each other with love songs are true. She recorded the ultrasonic soundscape of Bjørvika in Oslo, which is only detectable at ultrasound frequencies and then slowed and deepened it to create her own composition that is perceptible to human ears. In the research and recordings for the work Winderen employed new technology and collaborated with a researcher at the University of Surrey. In autumn 2017, the multichannel work could be heard on loudspeakers in the urban riverscape around the Akerselva (Aker River) in Oslo. Rats – secret soundscapes of the city was realized in collaboration with the Munchmuseet on the Move 2017 project and the nyMusikk centre for experimental music. Read more here.
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