This week saw Norwegian composer and artist Jana Winderen winning the Golden Nica for Digital Musics and Sound Art at Ars Electronica 2011. Her entry ‘Energy Field’ was chosen by the jury out of 717 original entries into the category.
Since 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica has served as an interdisciplinary platform for everyone who uses the computer as a universal medium for implementing and designing their creative projects at the interface of art, technology and society.
The Prix Ars Electronica, the Ars Electronica Festival, the Ars Electronica Center – Museum of the Future and the Ars Electronica Futurelab are the four divisions that comprise the Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, whose specific orientation and long-term continuity make it a unique platform for digital art and media culture.
The competition is organized by the Ars Electronica Linz GmbHand ORF’s Upper Austria Regional Studio in collaboration with the OK Center for Contemporary Art and the Brucknerhaus Linz, and the prizes are awarded during the Ars Electronica Festival each year.
The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the most important awards for creativity and pioneering spirit in the field of digital media. Previous Distinctions have been awarded to Gescom for their ‘MiniDisc’ release, which was released on OR, and Chris Watson for his album ‘Outside the Circle of Fire’.
Jana Winderen is an artist educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, and with a background in mathematics and chemistry from the University in Oslo. Since 1993 she has worked as an artist, curator and producer. She currently lives and works in Oslo.
Jana Winderen researches the hidden depths with the latest technology; her work reveals the complexity and strangeness of the unseen world beneath. The audio topography of the oceans and the depth of ice crevasses is brought to the surface. She is concerned with finding sound from hidden sources, like blind field recording.
Her most recent sound works include “Energy Field Installation“ and “Scuttling around in the Shallows“ for Galerie B-312 in Montréal, Canada, 2011 and The Issue Project Room, New York, 2011, “Between Dry Land”, commissioned for the installation “The Morning Line“ by Matthew Ritchie for the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary which opened in Istanbul May 2010. The commission “Spawning Ground - from Coquet Head to the North Sea“ for the AV festival in Newcastle (2010), “Evaporation“ (2009) at TodaysArt festival in The Hague, Netherlands; “Sub Pelagic Voices“ (2009) for ISCM World New Music Days, Sweden, “Colonizers of the undergrowth“ (2009) at Botanic Sounds in Göteborg and “North Atlantic Drift” (2009) for JunKroom in Kyoto, Japan. Recent releases include the album “Energy Field” (2010) on Touch, “Heated: Live in Japan” (2009), on the same label, the audio cassette “The Noisiest Guys on the Planet” (2009) on Ash International (UK), the USB stick, “Ants“, the digital download “Submerged“ (2009) on Touch and the 7 inch vinyl “Surface Runoff” (2008) on Autofact (USA). She is currently working on a commission for a permanent sound installation at the Knut Hamsun Centre in Hamarřy, Norway.
More on the Ars Electronica prize here.
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