Announcing The Blue Beyond – a 2-track vinyl LP with fine art print released in an edition of 1000 copies, the first 100 copies numbered and signed by the artist. Mastered and cut by Jason at Transition. Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft. The Blue Beyond is produced by Touch and Audemars Piguet following Audemars Piguet Contemporary’s commission of two new compositions by Jana Winderen in 2019.
Release date: 4 August 2023. Buy on Bandcamp.
The record offers edits of two sound compositions for installations, Du Petit Risoud aux Profondeurs du Lac de Joux (2019) and The Art of Listening: Under Water (2019). Du Petit Risoud aux Profondeurs du Lac de Joux was first presented at Art Basel in Basel from 13 to 16 June 2019. A live performance of the piece was given at HEK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) on 11 June 2019. The Art of Listening: Under Water (2019) was first presented in the Rotunda, Collins Park, Miami Beach, in the context of Art Basel in Miami Beach, from 4 to 8 December 2019. The Art of Listening: Under Water installation was made in collaboration with Tony Myatt. It travelled to the Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, from 3 to 13 February 2022.
Winderen’s practice focuses on sound and knowledge production. The artist seeks to raise awareness of the environmental issues we face as a society.
Audemars Piguet Contemporary collaborated with Winderen on two new sound installations compositions. The first, Du Petit Risoud aux Profondeurs du Lac de Joux, was developed during two field trips to Le Brassus in the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura, where Audemars Piguet has been based since 1875. On these trips, Winderen captured sounds in the waters of the Lac de Joux and in the Risoud forest.
When Audemars Piguet Contemporary invited the artist to present a second composition for exhibition in Miami Beach, Winderen proposed a site-specific sound environment. For The Art of Listening: Under Water, Winderen used sounds recorded in the Atlantic Ocean in the Miami area, as well as sounds from the Barents Sea around the North Pole and the Tropical Oceans to expose the constant underwater presence of human-created sound today.
In both pieces, the artist offers a unique opportunity to listen closely to the underwater inhabitants of a specific region and to reflect on how human activity interacts and interferes with aquatic and also terrestrial life in a seemingly beautiful and visually calm environment.
Jana Winderen often draws the fish, amphibians and plankton she meets. This release also consists of a drawing of two fish that probably would never meet; the pike from the freshwater Lac de Joux in the Jura Mountains and the snapper from the saltwater environment by Miami.