Jana Winderen: Rats - Secret Soundscapes of the City (WP)
Munchmuseet on the Move, Bjørvika
Opens 6 September – 5 pm (open until 14 October)
Parallel to the world of people is another bustling society – a world of rats. Some of their communication with each other cannot be registered by human ears, as it is located in an ultrasound frequency range – over 20.000 Hz.
A stone’s throw from the white-marbled Opera house, and based on the hypothesis that rats serenade one another with love songs, Jana Winderen will record the ultrasonic landscape of Bjørvika and slow the sound down to human hearing levels. Based on her fieldwork and findings, she will create a new multichannel composition for Munchmuseet on the Move 2017 with spatial audio software by Tony Myatt (University of Surrey). The new, multi-channel sound piece will be installed at the mouth of Akerselva, where the river meets the sea in this rapidly developing district of Oslo. It opens Wednesday 6 September 2017 as part of the Ultima Festival.
Oslo-based artist Jana Winderen creates immersive multi-channel installations and concerts, which she has performed all over the world. She was educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, and has a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology from the University in Oslo. Previous projects include an installation in Park Avenue Tunnel, New York City (2014), and MoMA New York (2013). She was awarded the Golden Nica for Digital Music & Sound Art at Ars Electronica in 2011.
Jana Winderen’s project is a collaboration between Munchmuseet on the Move and nyMusikk, curated by Natalie Hope O’Donnell and Anne Hilde Neset. It will also include the seminar Sounds of the City, on 22 September at the Munch Museum.