Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet celebrated the unveiling of a new site-specific sound installation by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen at Art Basel in Basel 2019. Located on the Audemars Piguet stand in the Art Basel’s Collectors Lounge, the immersive artwork takes visitors on an acoustic journey across the Vallée de Joux, where the Manufacture made its home 144 years ago. For the occasion, Winderen also gave a live public performance, organised in collaboration with HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) on Tuesday 11 June.

 

Winderen’s work, titled Du Petit Risoud aux profondeurs du Lac de Joux, is a symphonic collage of interwoven layers, exploring what she refers to as the “disharmony” between the audible and the visible. It encompasses the indigenous sounds of the Vallée de Joux, from the 300-year-old slow growing spruce trees of the Risoud forest, known for their excellent sound transmission properties, to a plethora of mammals, birds, fish, insects and plants. The piece also notes the inescapable sound of human activity, highlighting the fragility of the environment, as well as humanity’s part in its gradual degradation. Considering Winderen’s role as an investigator, Daniela Zyman, chief curator of TBA21, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, asks: “how [does one] listen or un-listen to the sounds of highways, the air traffic hovering over the skies, the humming and buzzing of cities and human agglomeration spilling over what we perceive with our eyes as pristine landscapes?”

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