The Wanderer

USB stick (4 GB) + .wav/.quad .wav/.jpg in envelope, in an edition of 50 copies. All copies numbered by the artist. Also available digitally. Illustration by Jana Winderen. Design by Philip Marshall.

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Zooplankton and Phytoplankton are organisms which drift in the oceans, seas and bodies of fresh water. The word ‘zooplankton’ is derived from the Greek word ‘zoon’ (ζῴον), meaning ‘animal’, phyto is derived from ‘phyton’ (φυτόν) meaning ‘plant’, and plankton from ‘planktos’ (πλαγκτός), meaning ‘wanderer’ or ‘drifter’. Mammals, fish and crustaceans feed on zooplankton and they in turn feed on phytoplankton. Phytoplankton need two things for photosynthesis and thus their survival: energy from the sun and nutrients from the water. In the process of photosynthesis, Phytoplankton release oxygen into the water. Half of the world’s oxygen is produced by Phytoplankton photosynthesis.

The Wanderer is a sound composition created from hydrophone recordings from the realm of these creatures in the Atlantic Ocean, made by Jana on her travels from the North Pole to the Equator.

The Wanderer, originally a 16 channel installation, was produced for the Lorch Schive Art Prize, Trondheim Kunstmuseum in 2015.


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