IHME Helsinki 2020

Jana Winderen: Listening Through The Dead Zones soutustadionilla Töölössä kesällä 2021, kuva: Veikko Somerpuro.

Jana Winderen: Listening Through the Dead Zones


IHME Helsinki 2020 commission Listening Through the Dead Zones was a site-specific sound installation by the Norwegian artist Jana Winderen, in collaboration with Tony Myatt.

On the shore of the Baltic Sea, at the Rowing Stadium in Helsinki, the audience was be able to listen to different species of mammals, including humans, and to various species of fish and crustacea inhabiting the Ocean. Winderen has been investigating how human activity is influencing the dead zones in the Baltic Sea and similar environments close to shores and in lakes.

Winderen is an artist who is exploring the way human beings interact with and live in their environment with other creatures and plants, and in particular our shared sound environments underwater.

The commission was postponed from 2020 until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listening Through the Dead Zones [excerpt]

An online version of Jana Winderen’s IHME Helsinki commission has been published as part of the World Weather Network. The piece can be listened to on the network’s website between June 24, 2022 and June 24, 2023.

Jana Winderen & Tony Myatt talk about the commission

Very peaceful, I felt that I wanted to dive into the unknown world of the sea. Very inspiring.

Audience feedback

Jana Winderen’s online lecture for the Art, Science, Ecology course

Jana Winderen talks about Listening Through the Dead Zones, with examples of her earlier work and methods of working. The lecture is part of the Art, Science, Ecology course initiated by IHME Helsinki in collaboration with the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science HELSUS at the University of Helsinki and Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts.

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We combine art, science, and climate work