Artist Jana Winderen has begun her creative residency in Riga

Norwegian sound artist Jana Winderen will be in a creative residency in Riga from August 12 till August 16. She will be working on a commissioned piece for the Skaņu Mežs’2015 festival, and the resulting piece will be exhibitied at the National Library of Latvia from October 5 till October 18.

Winderen has just begun her research for the piece, and she’s working at the Ķemeru national park – the possbile focus of the piece could be either the local insect colonies, water plants or spas.

jana02Jana Winderen is an artist educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, and with a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology from the University in Oslo. She had an installation in Park Avenue Tunnel, New York City in the summer of 2014 and exhibited at MoMA, NYC in 2013. In 2011 she won the Golden Nica, Ars Electronica, for Digital Musics & Sound Art. Amongst her activities are immersive multi-channel installations and concerts and has performed all over the world. She currently lives and works in Oslo. All her audio works have been released by the British label Touch.

Winderen’s residency in Riga is a part of “exchange of commissioned works” between the adventurous music festivals Skaņu Mežs and Insomnia as foreseen by the project “Experimental Music Lighthouses: Riga – Tromsø”. While she is preparing a work for the official program of Skaņu Mežs, the Latvian artist Evelīna Deičmane-Vida is working on an audio-visual installation for Insomnia (October 16 – 24). Both works are expected to reflect the specific “sonic fabrics” of each city’s environment and culture.

The aim of the project “Experimental Music Lighthouses: Riga –  Tromsø” (project nr. EEZLV04/GSKA/2013/10) is to promote a four part cooperation between Skaņu Mežs and Insomnia. This includes, amongst other things: the production of a Latvian/Norwegian composition; an exchange of Latvian and Norwegian musicians between the programs of the festival; creating a mutual festival program; the exchange of new compositions between Riga and Tromsø with the help of artists’ residencies. The unique soundscapes of both cities and their symbiosis is the emphasis of each of the exchange.

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