Norway-based Jana Winderen is a sound artist whose works focus on bringing difficult-to-access audio environments to listeners. This is not just a matter of inaccessible places, such as ocean depths and the interior of ice sheets, but also energies, from the motion of wind through treetops to the transitions of water into steam or ice into water. For Lands End, Winderen’s work brings the former Cliff House to life, as the building’s architectural and geological depths are used to channel a site-specific arrangement of the artist’s audio works up a basement stairwell. Just as breakers and tides pound against and surge around the building’s stone foundations, waves of sound rise and fall, enabling listeners to feel spaces they cannot access.
Sound installation based on the release Energy Field, 2010; released by Touch Music, 2010; courtesy of the artist; published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd
Jana Winderen travels to remote corners of the earth to find sounds that are hard for humans to access, both physically and aurally—deep under water, inside ice, or in frequency ranges inaudible to the human ear. She transforms her field recordings into compositions and installations that reveal the beauty and strangeness of the world around us. Winderen has staged exhibitions and live performances internationally.