image: Jana Winderen
We are thrilled to bring you the world premiere of Eye to the Sea, a new radio art work by Jana Winderen (Norway) for Skálar FM, commissioned by The Creative Audio Unit of ABC Radio National, Australia for their radio art program Soundproof
From this Friday March 13th , listen on air, online or download Eye to the Sea –
which is the fourth episode in The Remote Series
, a five part series that explores the theme of remoteness, where the defining feature of remoteness is the experience of distance, however minute or vast, in time or in space.
Right under the surface of the water exists a sound environment which is quite alien to us. Our ears are not adapted to listening underwater: our ears have air inside. Fish hear through their bone structure by sensing sound waves and vibration, as well as through their swim bladder and lateral line to their inner ears. They use sound to communicate, hunt and protect their habitat. For Eye to the Sea, artist Jana Winderen made recordings from inside 10,000-year-old ice in Greenland, of one-year-old ice in Iceland, and of shallow waters where the icy surface melts and drifts into waves. Immediately beneath the surface you can hear underwater insects, crustaceans, snapping shrimps and fish eating shells. A little deeper you can hear cod and toadfish.
Jana Winderen specializes in recordings with hydrophones underwater and recordings of ultrasound. She has travelled to warm and cold climates around the planet, listening and recording underwater environments: from Greenland to the Caribbean, to rivers in Thailand, France and Russia. She hopes to evoke curiosity, humility and respect, and also to try to establish a closer relationship to the underwater world, our largest habitat on the planet, which is so near to us, right under the surface.
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 in Oslo. Jana was recently an artist-in-residence at the TBA21 Academy and releases her audio-visual works on Touch. In 2011 she won the Golden Nica, Ars Electronica, for Digital Musics & Sound Art.
The Remote Series consist of five programmes created by internationally acclaimed artists working with sound. Each is asked to consider an aspect of the idea of ‘remoteness’, or the experience of distance.
All episodes in The Remote Series aired in Australia on Radio National in February and March 2015, and are still available as podcasts:
Episode II: Cu by Fernando Godoy (Chile)
Enjoy this sojourn to the underwater world!
Best wishes from the headquarters in East Iceland
Curators Anna Friz and Konrad Korabiewski