Munchmuseet on the Move and nyMusikk: Jana Winderen, 'Rats – Secret Soundscapes of the City'

In this collaboration with nyMusikk, Jana Winderen has created a new sound piece based on the communication between rats. The work will be installed underneath Nylandsbrua in Trelastgata by the mouth of the Aker River, and will be available from 08.00 to 23.00 during the autumn of 2017.

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. 

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. 

Exhibition period: 7 September - 14 October 2017

Location: Nylandsbrua, at the mouth of Akerselva 

Seminar: Jana Winderen’s project includes the seminar, Sounds of the City, held on 22 September at the Munch Museum (14.00 - 17.00). Calendar.

Portrait of Jana Winderen by Anne Valeur


Jana Winderen is an Oslo-based artist that 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.

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.

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