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Touch issues Jana Winderen's Spring Bloom In The Marginal Ice Zone.
The marginal ice zone is the dynamic border between the open sea and
the sea ice, which is ecologically extremely vulnerable. The
phytoplankton present in the sea produces half of the oxygen on the
planet. During spring, this zone is the most important CO2 sink in our
biosphere. On Spring Bloom In The Marginal Ice Zone the sounds of
the living creatures become a voice in the current political debate
concerning the official definition of the location of the ice edge. The
listener experiences the bloom of plankton, the shifting and crackling
sea ice in the Barents Sea around Spitsbergen, towards the North Pole,
and the underwater sounds made by bearded seals, migrating species such
as humpbacks and orcas, and the sound made by hunting saithe,
crustaceans and spawning cod, all depending on the spring bloom. Spring Bloom In The Marginal Ice Zone
is a Sonic Acts and Dark Ecology commission, first shown as a
seven-channel installation at the Sonic Acts festival (Muziekgebouw,
Amsterdam, 2017). Includes booklet.
Jana Winderen is an artist educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London with a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology from the University of Oslo. Jana focuses on audio environments and ecosystems which are hard for humans to access, both physically and aurally. Amongst her activities are immersive multi-channel sound installations and concerts which have been performed internationally in major institutions and public spaces in America, Europe and Asia. Winderen lives and works in Oslo.