Munchmuseet on the Move + nyMusikk present

Jana Winderen: Rats
– Secret Soundscapes of the City

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. 

Jana Winderen. Foto: Anne Valeur.

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.

Jana Winderen’s project is a collaboration between Munchmuseet on the Move and nyMusikk, curated by Natalie Hope O’Donnell and Anne Hilde Neset.  

The project also includes the seminar, Sounds of the City, held on 22 September at the Munch Museum. 

Tegning av Jana Winderen.

About the artist
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. Other upcoming new commissions include the TBA21-Academy, Sonic Acts in Amsterdam, The V-A-C Foundation in Moscow and Borealis festival in Bergen. She releases her audio-visual works on Touch.

About Munchmuseet on the Move
Munchmuseet on the Move (2016–2019) is an off-site curatorial project that continues and develops the work of the Stenersen Museum in Vika (1994–2015), now part of the Munch Museum. Munchmuseet on the Move includes a series of contemporary art commissions, shown in the area between the current Munch Museum at Tøyen and the new museum, opening in 2020. The aim of the contemporary art programme is to establish relationships with the neighbourhoods the Munch Museum will be moving through on its one-mile journey down to the waterfront of Bjørvika, including collaborations with the existing art scene in the area.

About nyMusikk
nyMusikk is located in Platou’s gate in Oslo and is Norway’s centre for new music and sound art with over 75 years experience in commissioning, producing, curating and presenting new music and sound-based work. Through live music, screenings, installations, readings and lectures nyMusikk organises events exploring sound and music’s relationship with other art forms such as performance, film, literature and visual art. Aside from extensive international and national institutional and curatorial collaborations, two annual festivals are at the core of nyMusikk’s programme: the Only Connect Festival of Sound, a themed festival for adventurous music and art taking place across Oslo; and Off The Page Oslo, a festival devoted to music criticism and audio culture.

Foto: Jana Winderen.

Sound installation

6 September –
14 October 2017

Trelastgata, below Nylandsbrua

Opening 6 September 5 pm
Facebook event

Sounds of the City

22 September
Munch Museum