ART'S NEW NATURES
Jana Winderen (2014). Krísuvik, Iceland. Photo: Finnbogi Petursson
Jana Winderen is an artist who currently lives and works in Norway. Her practice pays particular attention to audio environments and to creatures which are hard for humans to access, both physically and aurally – deep under water, inside ice or in frequency ranges inaudible to the human ear. Her activities include site-specific and spatial audio installations and concerts, which have been exhibited and performed internationally in major institutions and public spaces.
Fall 2013 NORDIC TOUR CALENDARFall 2013 NORDIC TOUR CALENDAR In Fall 2013, Nordic Outbreak will travel across the Nordic region and visit collaborating arts, culture and architecture institutions. Selections from the program will be presented in each Nordic country accompanied by public programs. HELSINKI Museum for Contemporary Art Kiasma and Media Facades Festival Helsinki August 21 – September 1, 2013 COPENHAGEN Danish Architecture Center October 10-17, 2013 REYKJAVIK Reykjavik Art Museum October 25-27, 2013 STAVANGER Screen City Festival October 26-27, 2013 NUUK Katuaq The Cultural Center of Greenland December 5-22, 2013 UMEÅ Inauguration Festival for Umeå as European Capital of Culture 2014 January 31-February 2, 2014
October 10-20, 2013 Nordic Outbreak in Copenhagen"A selection from the Nordic Outbreak exhibition will be presented at the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen, between October 10 and October 20, 2013. The full program will include: Talk&Debate, October 10: Digitally Disturbed, 5-7pm Followed by exhibition opening, 7-9pm Danish Architecture Center, Strandgade 27B, 1401 København K, Denmark New commission of video projection mapping with sound, by Egill Sæbjörnsson October 10-11, 8:30pm-12pm both evenings, installation on the DAC facade facing the courtyard Danish Architecture Center, Strandgade 27B, 1401 København K, Denmark Exhibition at DAC, October 10-20, 2013 Installation of seven video works inside DAC Danish Architecture Center, Strandgade 27B, 1401 København K, Denmark, during opening hours Read more here
August 21-September 1 Nordic Outbreak in HelsinkiA selection from the Nordic Outbreak exhibition will be presented at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Media Facades Festival Helsinki. The full program will include: Seminar, August 21: Moving Image – Performing in public space Kiasma, Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki, 5 pm to 7 pm Screen Installation, Media Facades Festival Helsinki, August 22-24 Helsinginkatu 1, Sörnäinen metro station, Helsinki, daily 11 pm to 1 om (next day) Screening Program, August 21-September 1 Mediateekki, Kiasma, Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki, during museum opening hours
August 10 - September 13 Nordic Outbreak visits Sao PauloAugust 10 (5:30pm and 7 pm), and August 13 to September 13 (12 and 6pm daily) Nordic Outbreak visits Espaço Cultural Tendal da Lapa, São Paulo, Brazil, presented in collaboration with the University of São Paulo, Colabor Research Center for Digital Media, PGEHA, Cine Galapão, Pulso Filmes, Programa Vocacional and Secretaria Muinipal de Cultura de São Paulo. The exhibition presents Björk and Andrew Thomas Huang, Mutual Core, in MIDNIGHT MOMENT in collaboration between Streaming Museum and Times Square Arts. This is a special version of internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Björk’s Mutual Core, which originally appeared in Times Square during the March 2013 Midnight Moment to launch the Nordic Outbreak exhibition. The exhibition also presents the following artists form the Nordic Outbreak program: J Tobias Anderson, The Wind (2009) Ken Are Bongo, The wind whispers there is someone behind the tundra (2006) Jette Ellgaard, West Coast (2009) Jessica Faiss, Rewind (2011) Styrmir Örn Gudjonsson, First Level (2012) Mogens Jacobsen, Landscapes (2006-2007) Hannu Karjalainen, Towards an Architect (2010) Dan Lestander, Dreams and Wishes (2010) Magnus Sigurdarson, 1001 Dreams of Occupation (2012)
August 1, 2013 NO at the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, South Africa"A selection from the Nordic Outbreak exhibition will be exhibited in The Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, South Africa in partnership with The Trinity Session founders Marcus Neustetter and Stephen Hobbs, and The Maboneng Precinct. Artists: J Tobias Anderson, The Wind (2009) Jeannette Ehlers, Black Bullets (2012) Jessica Faiss, Rewind (2011) Vibeke Jensen, Sleeper Cell (2012) Hannu Karjalainen, Towards an Architect (2010) Dodda Maggy, There, there (2013) Miia Rinne, Sea (2012) The installation also presents MIDNIGHT MOMENT featuring Björk in Mutual Core (2012), in collaboration with Times Square Arts. August 1, 2013, 7-10pm, at the corner of Fox Street and Kruger Street
June 8 – 28, 2013 Nordic Outbreak at ISEA2013 Sydney"Nordic Outbreak was invited to present a special program during and post ISEA 2013 Sydney, June 8 – 28 by Urbanscreens TV, The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood Sydney NSW 2067. ISEA is an international symposium of electronic art and ideas that takes place in a different city each year. ISEA 2013 took place in Sydney, Australia. Presented by the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and held alongside Vivid Sydney – a festival of light, music and ideas – ISEA2013 showcased the best media artworks from around the world and provide a platform for the lively exchange of future-focused ideas. The 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art comprised engaging presentations and thought-provoking speakers and discussions, informed dialogues, dynamic debates, enlightening keynotes and experimental incursions into the extensive and diverse practice of electronic media arts. isea2013.org
April 6, 2013 Sky Room Dinner Party at the New Museum"The launch week of Nordic Outbreak in New York City culminated with a Dinner Party in the Sky Room at The New Museum. An indoor installation and an outdoor projection on Bowery across the Museum framed the social event in a living exhibition, showing works from the Nordic Outbreak program never before exhibited in the US.
April 6, 2013 NO Symposium with keynote speaker Erkki Huhtamo at Scandinavia House"Professor of Media History and Theory at University of California (UCLA) Erkki Huhtamo was the keynote speaker at the all-day Nordic Outbreak Symposium at Scandinavia House. The symposium contextualized the themes at play in the Nordic Outbreak exhibition, and it sparked a conversation and discussion to be continued in all of the Nordic countries during the exhibition tour in Fall 2013. The speakers at the symposium included twelve artists, curators and theorists, who discussed various influences of an outbreak in Nordic moving image. The symposium was followed by a buffet dinner party and wine bar at New Museum’s Sky Room, with an indoor screening and an outdoor wall projection with selections from the Nordic Outbreak program. The event was accompanied by a video concert screening by the Danish indie rock band Efterklang.
April 5, 2013 Exhibition at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza"47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue 7–10pm After a welcome by Shamina de Gonzaga, Executive Director of World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, Jesper Just, Llano (2012) Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Fishermen (Études no 1) (2010) Sigurdur Gudjónsson, Veil (2012) Dan Lestander, Dreams and Wishes (2010) Jeannette Ehlers, Black Bullets (2012) Ken Are Bongo, The Wind Whispers There Is Someone Behind The Tundra (2006) Dodda Maggy, There, There (2013) The selection of works reflects on issues of sustainability and global futures in depictions of scenes and imaginations of nature as meditative, thought provoking and experimental spaces. Admission: Free by RSVP
April 4, 2013 Pre-symposium lecture at NYU Tisch School of the Arts"Jonatan Habib Engqvist: Nordic Outbreak – A Nordic History of Moving Images. And Things. The widespread international exchange over the last few decades naturally means that the question of Nordic identity, if there ever was one, is highly problematic. Looking at a specific regional history, one can however find overlooked albeit essential people and phenomena within the development of a certain media. By presenting some stories, anecdotes and myths from the Nordic region stemming from early modernity and the 1960´s, this talk will explore various connections between these stories, the weather, the current scene in the region, and to New York. The presentation will on one hand contemplate a history of moving things and images related to visual art in the Nordic context, and on the other hand propose a take on the ”Nordic Thing” through a speculative account of how this projection might relate to moving images in and from the Nordic countries.
April 4, 2013 Exhibition in Manhattan Bridge Archway"Artists: Mogens Jacobsen, Landskaber (2006/2007) Styrmir Örn Gudmundsson, First Level (2012) Jessica Faiss, Rewind (2011) Miia Rinne, Sea (2012) The selection of artwork from the Nordic Outbreak program reflects on movement and imaginary pathways. Through animated, manipulated and computational narratives, the works explore various modes of transition, through spatial and imaginary dimensions. The exhibibition took place during Dumbo Gallery Night.
April 4 Exhibition at 2nd Street and Avenue AThis selection of works reflect on domestic narratives and convey emotional responses to contemporary domestic life. Iselin Linstad Hauge, The Foreignness of Her (2011) Kaia Hugin, Motholic Mobble, part 1 (2008) Eeva Mari-Haikala, Vie Coye (Fin) (2010) Birgitte Sigmundstad, Morning (2011) Eva Olsson, On Non-Freehold Property (2011) 9-11pm Solo exhibition of Vibeke Jensen, SLEEPER_CELL (2003/2013), which addresses the post 9/11 terminology and condition. Shot from the artist’s loft in Williamsburg, it shows events and non-events outside her window. The work investigates the power of positioning, implicit and explicit vision, and the choice of protagonists to participate or disengage from the watching eye Eva Olsson, On Non-Freehold Property (2011)
April 2, 3, 4, 5, 2013 Exhibition on Big Screen Plaza"851 Avenue of the Americas, between 29th and 30th Street (behind the Eventi Hotel) On the Big Screen, audience could experience some of the groundbreaking animation works from the Nordic Outbreak collection on the Big Screen. Artists: QNQ/AUJIK, Cathexis (2012) Una Lorenzen, In The Crack Of The Land (2009) Miia Rinne, Sea (2012) Søren Thilo Funder, Everywhere (2007) Superflex, Rebranding Denmark (2006)
March 31, 2013 Nordic Outbreak Launch Party"Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, R Lounge Two Times Square, 714 Seventh Avenue at West 48th Street 10-12pm Nordic Outbreak Launch Toast in the R Lounge, overlooking 15 of the largest screens in Times Square simultaneously exhibiting Björk’s video for Mutual Core, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang.
March 1, 2013 Bjork opens Nordic Outbreak with Mutual Core in Times Square"Björk in her music video for “Mutual Core.” Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, Cinematography by August Jakobsson. Photograph by Ka-Man Tse. The Nordic Outbreak preludes with A video by internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Björk, which will be shown every night in March as part of a synchronized program on over fifteen of the largest digital signs in Times Square. Björk’s work, Mutual Core, will premiere just before midnight on March 1st and play throughout the month as part of the Midnight Moment, a presentation of the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts. Directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang, this video has been edited specifically for the digital signs and is part of Björk’s Biophilia Series, combining music with technological innovation and exploring themes of science and nature. In the video, the forces of nature explode across a futuristic landscape where volcanoes erupt from a dessert floor, a snowstorm transforms the environment, and anthropomorphic rocks come to life orbiting around a goddess of nature. The original version of the video was created by MOCAtv for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. This Midnight Moment presentation is part of the New York City launch of Streaming Museum’s Nordic Outbreak, leading up the official launch week of public space exhibitions, symposium and social events March 31 – April 6.
Jana Winderen, "SURGE" (2020)
The spruce tree which Jana recorded for ’Surge' on 16th March 2020 was planted before the First World War in 1907 by her great grandfather on the family farm, which he took over from his parents in that year.
During the Second World War, her grandfather, who was born in 1910, joined the resistance and had to escape to Sweden with his wife, sending the twins (aged 4) to the farm. They were told to leave with 30 minutes notice, warned with a coded message from another resistance member. They walked to a nearby house of friends where they slept on beds made from two chairs. In the middle of the night they were awoken and taken to a nearby farm. At the time, the twins, Jana’s mother and aunt, were sick with a bad cough. Her mother remembers hiding under a bed, with her own mother holding her mouth shut, so not to be heard by the soldiers patrolling outside.
They were taken to the train station by horse and cart without their mother (who went to join their father and they then fled through the forest over the border into neutral Sweden). Accompanied by their babysitter, the twins took the train to Hamar and then to the family farm, in the late summer of 1943.
They remained there until the end of the war. Parcels were sent from Sweden to the children and grandparents, with food, toys and other supplies. Not all arrived. Some of the toys, including two dolls, are still there in the house.
In 1939 a maple tree self-seeded there, and grew ‘looking' at the spruce tree, creating a space of safety and calm in the centre of the farm. Around that time, Jana’s mother was born, and the tree grew with her and became what Norwegians call “Tun Tre”, or the main central tree on the farm. The trees are guardians and also witnesses to generational change and historical events. A crow family has been nesting there for as long as Jana can remember.
Jana’s grandfather planted five more spruce trees when Jana moved there at the age of 7. Her daughters also have trees the same age - four plantings for 5 generations, creating a ‘Tun’, a place of safety.
She is currently living on the farm with her mother and daughters during the period of isolation.
from "Touch: Isolation" released June 11, 2020
Mastered by Denis Blackham, 30th March 2020
Photography and design by Jon Wozencroft
"Surge" (2020) is included in the "Touch: Isolation" collection of music produced by Touch, London, to support musicians unable to perform live during the pandemic.
Jana Winderen, "OUT OF RANGE" (2014)
"Out of Range" is an audio work based on ultrasound and echolocation used by bats, dolphins and other creatures who operate beyond the range of human hearing - 'seeing' with sound, or perhaps 'hearing' objects.
All sound is invisible; ultrasound is inaudible. Of course, many species have a greater range of hearing than us humans and also more specific and specialised with complex combinations of the different senses… Creatures on both land and under water produce and/or perceive very high sound frequencies. Some species of insects, birds, fish, and mammals can emit and hear ultrasound, used for communications, hunting and orientation. These creatures operate on a different level of perception to us, in an inaudible range above 20kHz...
Many animals also use the acoustic properties of a space; a bat for example can use the echo from a tower block wall to amplify their calls for mates in the autumn; a toadfish uses the shape of a cave to amplify their calls to protect their habitat. Whales use the different acoustic properties at different depths in the ocean at different pressure levels to send their long distance calls. An astonishing fact about moths is that they have a reflex action with their wings to shut down when they hear the bat echolocation calls… That we reckon that this is so astonishing says something about us….
The mix for the piece is based on ultrasound, hydrophone recordings below the water and also of echolocation sound within audible range. The recordings were made in various locations in Central Park and East River in New York, USA, a forest outside Kaliningrad in Russia, Regents Park in London, UK, and various locations in Madeira, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The ultrasound is time-stretched to bring it into a frequency range audible for human beings.
released April 6, 2014
Recordings were made on a Pettersson Ultrasound Detector D1000X, Reson 4032 and DPA 8011 hydrophones and 4060 dpa microphones onto a Sound Devices 477T hard disk recorder.
The photographs mirror "the audible range" through a contrast between gateways, portals and sight lines, set against situations where the camera eye cannot make sense of the optical event it is confronted with.
From left to right: Jana Winderen recording fish with hydrophones in Chana, Songklah (2019). Photo by Palin Ansusinha; Jana Winderen (2014) in Krísuvik, Iceland. Photo by Finnbogi Petursson; Jana Winderen recording underwater insects with hydrophones in the lake Mjøsa (2018). Photo by Lena Winderen