"They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming"
Poet Hermann Hesse
In the underwater realm sound travels four times faster than in air. It plays with our sense of direction, and as the sound flows, not through our ears, but directly through the tissue of the body, the line between the self and the surroundings becomes increasingly blurred. A liminal state of disorientation, ambiguity, perpetual flow - and potential new insight. What if we brought this state of mind to the surface?
SOUND’S HIDDEN JOURNEY UNDER NORDIC WATERS is a sound art exhibition that explores our connection with water and raises questions about the impact of our relationship with nature. The work is based on unique underwater reverb recordings - from the deep caves of the Atlantic Ocean to the quiet fjords of Greenland and the shallow waters of the North Sea.
Four Nordic artists, each deeply inspired by water in their artistic practice, dive into these distinctive recordings, and make each their own artistic interpretation - fluctuating between philosophy and science, myth, ethics and aesthetics.
The journey culminates in a joint exhibition of music, sound art, visual arts and films presented at SPOR Festival in Aarhus (Denmark), Såna Fest in Hølen (Norway), Miklagård Art in Helsinki (Finland), Nordens Hus (the Faroe Islands) and Nuuk Nordic Culture Festival (Greenland).
Underwater soundscapes are an underdeveloped area, and underwater reverberation is most often considered a disturbing factor in underwater acoustic research. We are therefore literally entering unknown waters with this project, which is why we have teamed up with strong partners.
Teledyne Reson supports the project with their cutting-edge hydrophones and invaluable expert knowledge in underwater acoustic technology.
AudioEase provides instrumental knowledge on reverb recording as well as unique software to transform the underwater recordings into plugin-reverbs.
Aarhus University and University of South Denmark ensure the quality of the sound recordings, and that our work does not interfere with marine wildlife. In addition, they have been fundamental in connecting us with researchers specialized in the Nordic seas where we record and with international researchers specialized in underwater acoustics in general.