IAS Fellow March 2022

Jana Winderen (born in Bodø) is currently based in south east Norway. Jana pays particular attention to audio environments which are hard for humans to access, both physically and aurally; deep under water, inside ice or in frequency ranges inaudible for humans. She focuses on particular ecosystems, creatures and issues under water through listening. Amongst her activities are immersive multi-channel sound installations and concerts which have been exhibited and performed internationally in major institutions and public spaces. Recent work included The Art of Listening: Under Water at ArtBasel in Miami, Rising Tide at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, Listening with Carp for Now is the Time in Wuzhen, Through the Bones for Thailand Art Biennale in Krabi, bára for TBA21_Academy and Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone for Sonic Acts. In 2011 she won the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica for Digital Music & Sound Art. In 2021 she won the prize as Best Sound Field Recordist at Sounds of the Year and she was a co-author with Carlos Duarte et al. for the paper ‘Underwater Soundscapes in the Anthropocene Ocean’ published in Science.

She releases her audio visual work on Touch (UK).

Selected recent exhibitions

Solo shows:

The Art of Listening: Under Water, ArtBasel, Miami (2019)

Rising Tide, Kunstnerenes Hus, Oslo (2019)

Acoustic Refuge, Greenlight District, Kunsthall Grenland, Porsgrunn (2019)

Raft of Ice, permanent sound installation, US Embassy, Oslo (2018- )

Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone, Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam (2017)

Rats – Secret soundscapes of the city, Munchmuseet on the Move / Ny Musikk, Oslo (2017)

Dive, Park Avenue Tunnel, Manhattan, New York, USA (2014)

Ultraworld, B-open, Trafalgar square, London (2013)



Listening with Carp, Now is the time, Wuzhen International Art Exhibition, China (2019)

Through the Bones, The Thailand Biennale: Edge of the Wonderland, Krabi, Thailand (2018)

Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone from the Barents Sea to Lake Ontario, The Work of Wind, Air, Land, Sea, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2018)

bára, Oceans. A Tidalectic Worldview, TBA21-Academy, Vienna (2017), LeFresnoy, France (2018) and Museum of Modern Art, Croatia (2018)

Ultrafield, Soundings, a Contemporary Score, MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (2013)