'Sounds of the City': seminar with Jana Winderen and Chris Watson

Oslo has a diverse soundscape – what’s your favourite sound in the city? What can we learn about our cities by listening? Get to know Jana Winderen and Chris Watson’s artistic practices through the seminar Sounds of the City.

Chris Watson will be presenting the sound installation Inside the Circle of Fire: A Sheffield Sound Map, and Jana Winderen will be giving an introduction to some of her field recordings of whales, fish, bats and rats, and from the marginal ice zone. The seminarwill culminate in a conversation between Winderen and Watson, opening the discussion up to the audience. 

The seminar will be held in English. It is free to attend, and everyone will receive a complimentary copy of the publication Jana Winderen, Rats – Secret Soundscapes of the City. Entry to the Munch Museum from kl. 13.30.

Sounds of the City is held in connection with Jana Winderen’s most recent project Rats – Secret Soundscapes of the City, a sound installation under the bridge in Trelastgata 1 in Bjørvika. The project is part of Munchmuseet on the Move, and is a collaboration between the Munch Museum and nyMusikk. 

The conversation will be moderated by the curators of the project Rats – Secret Soundscapes of the City: Anne Hilde Neset, former artistic director of nyMusikk, and Natalie Hope O’Donnell, curator for Munchmuseet on the Move.

About the speakers

Chris Watson is a pioneer in the recording of sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. His television work includes David Attenborough’s Life series and the BBC series Frozen Planet. Watson was a founding member of the influential Sheffield based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the sounds of animals, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance composer and sound recordist Watson specialises in creating spatial sound installations which feature a strong sense and spirit of place. His television work includes many programmes in the David Attenborough ‘Life’ series including ‘The Life of Birds’ which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996, and as the location sound recordist on the BBC series ‘Frozen Planet’ which also won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012). Watson has recorded and featured in many BBC Radio 4 productions including The Ice Mountain, The Reed BedJules Verne's Volcano, The Ditch, The Listeners and The Wire, which won him the Broadcasting Press Guild’s Broadcaster of The Year Award (2012). His music is regularly featured on the BBC Radio 3 programme Late Junction. In 2013 Watson received a Paul Hamlyn Composers Award. His installations have been commissioned by international galleries and festivals such as Sheffield Millennium Gallery; Opera North in Leeds; The National Gallery, London; The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Louvre in Paris; and the Aichi Triennial in Japan.

Jana Winderen is an Oslo-based artist who 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  commissions in 2017 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.