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"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 deep lakes in Arctic Finland to the quiet fjords of Greenland and Faeroe Islands.

Field recordings Greenland
Videos Sound's hidden Journey

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 culminated in a joint sound art installation, presented by Nordic Culture Point, at Suomenlinna in Helsinki (Finland).


The Search

Read about the search for underwater sound, by sound engineer Roman Komar


Visit the installation

At Nordic Culture Point Helsinki


Underwater soundscapes are an underdeveloped area. 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.

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.

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