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BORN IN STOCKHOLM 1970





EDUCATION


Studies in Philosophy, (1989 - 1990). Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University.


Academy of Photography, (1994 - 1994). (BA), University College of Arts Crafts and Design,   

Stockholm.


Project Student, (1999 - 2001). Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm.


Studies in Musicology, (1998/2005). (BA), Department of Musicology, Stockholm University. 


PhD in Artistic research, (2018). Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, Academy of Music and Drama,

University of Gothenburg.



PERMANENT WORKS


2017

Sky Brought Downn, Site-specific sound installation for a new atrium as part of the university hospital of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Commissioner: Konstenheten Västra Götalandsregionen (Art Council, Region Västra Götaland).


2014   

The Well, Site-specific sound installation for the Swedish Institute in Paris, Commissioner: Statens konstråd (Public Art Agency, Sweden).



SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2018

Sala | A Sonic Portrait of our Time

Aguélimuseet, Sala, Sweden


2016

Mare Balticum – A Sonic Geography

KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia


2016

Mare Balticum – A Sonic Goegraphy

Ronneby Konsthall, Sweden


2015

Mare Balticum – A Sonic Geography

Part of Gute LjaudKarte, Gotland, Sweden

Site-specific sound installations on four different sites on Gotland, by Michael von Hauswollff, Christina Kubisch, Jana Winderen and Åsa Stjerna


2012

Distances/Proximities, Site-specific sound installation for 280 wind instruments, at Slussen, Stockholm

Nordic Music Days, Stockholm.


2011

Solo show, Norrtälje Konsthall, Sweden.


Currents, Site-specific sound installation and real-time sonification of the Golf Stream, Ultima contemporary music festival, Oslo opera house, Norway.  http://users.notam02.no/~joranru/currents.html


2009

SubAqua, Site-specific sound installation in public space, Klang! Hamburg.


Avenue of Books, Site-specific sound installation, Stockholms universitetsbibliotek (Stockholm University Library.).


Sounding Esplanade, Public, site-specific sound installation, World New Music Days, arranged by ISCM: International Society for Contemporary Music, Växjö.


2008

Inverted Soundscape, Sound installation, Växjö Konsthall. Sweden.


2008

Circulus, Site-specific sound installation in public space, Old Uppsala Museum, Sweden.


2007

Klangwäldchen, Site-specific sound installation in public space, Nordic Embassies, Berlin.


2007

Pendula Bergiorum, Site-specific sound installation in public space, Bergius Botanic Garden Stockholm.


2007

Memory Gardens, Site-specific sound installation, Logen, Kisa Konsthall.


2001

Signs of Sorrow, Site-specific installation, Royal National Library, Stockholm, Sweden.



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2017

Ein Meer aus Herzschlag

Site-specific sound installation for St. Petri-Friedhof Braunschweig, Germany.

Klangstaetten - Stadtklaenge Braunschweig 2017

Curated by Konsumverein Braunschweig.


2017

Songs from the Backside of Society

Site-specific sound installation

Fortress Nyköpingshus, Sweden

As part of Sound of Sörmland.


2016

Finalist in the international competition

European Soundart Award 2016 /Marler Medienkunst-Preise 2016

Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, Germany



2016

Songs from the Backside of Society

Site-specific sound installation

Fortress Varberg

As part of Art Inside Out, Varberg.



2014

Klangtexte - A Documentation Exhibition on Sound Art in Public Space Errant Bodies Sound Art Project Space, Berlin.


2013

Degrees of Noise, Site-specific sound installation, as part of the project Embassy Reconstructed – A sonic investigation of the Phenomenon Embassy,  Nordic Embassies, Transmediale Media Festival, Berlin.


Collective sound installation, Dirty Ear Forum, Errant Bodies Gallery, Club Transmediale, Transmediale Media Festival, Berlin.


2012

Exhibition documentation of Currents, a real-time sonification of the Gulf stream, Horizonic - Exploring Space Through Sound, Group exhibition with artists, artistically emphasizing issues related to the arctic territories of Scandinavia | Hverdargierdi, Iceland; Ystad Art Museum, Sweden; Borealis Festival, Caen, France.


2010

SubAqua, Site-specific sound installation in public space, SPOR Contemporary music festival, Århus, Denmark.


2009

Inverted Soundscape, Sound installation, Sound Made Visible, Kunsthallen Braenderigården, Denmark.


2009

Sound Sculpture, Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm.


2008

Sonic Promenade, Site-specific sound installation in public space, Article: Biennal for Electronic and Unstable Art Stavanger Norway.


2008       

Atrium, Site-specific sound installation, Sandviken Art Festival.


2007

Klangwäldchen, Site-specific sound installation in public space, Klangraum Kurfürstenstraße, Sound art exhibition in Berlin.


2007 Chagall Museum of Polotsk, Belarus.


2006 Modern Museum, Vitebsk, Belarus.


2005 Modern Museum, Kaliningrad, Russia.


2003 Gallery Astley, Uttersberg, Sweden.


2003 Swedish Association for Art, Stockholm, Sweden.


SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION


2014-2016 Participating artist in the EU and Life founded scientific research project "Baltic Sea Information on the Acoustic Soundscape", BIAS.https://biasproject.wordpress.com



CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE


2013           

Embassy Reconstructed ¬– A sonic investigation of the Phenomenon Embassy, Nordic Embassies, Transmediale Media Festival, Berlin.

http://embassyreconstructed.com/



OTHER COMMISSIONS



2011-2014         

Member of the publication committee of The Royal Swedish Academy  of  Music.


2007-2017       

Member of the editorial board of journal of contemporary music journal

Nutida Musik.



SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS



2019    Prix Art Electronica, Linz (2019)

                     Sky Brought Down receives an Honorary Mentio


2016     Finalist in the international competition

             European Soundart Award 2016 /Marler Medienkunst-Preise 2016


2016     Residence at Art inside Out "Role of Culture in Urban Development" Residency as part of Kultur in Halland (Culture in Halland) Information


2014     Wallenberg Travel Scholarship.


2013     Artist residence at icebreaker Oden; Oden Arctic Technology Research Cruise

   [OATRC] 2013 as part of The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat’s Artist Program.


2011     Swedish Royal Music Academy, Travel Scholarship.


2009     The Swedish Arts Grants Committee: Financial support for international cooperation


2008     IASPIS [International Artists’ Studio Program in Sweden]: Support   

                      for  exhibiting abroad.

2005     The Swedish Arts Grants Committee: One year artist grant.


2004     The Hasselblad Foundation: Residence in Grez-sur-Loing, France


            The Swedish Arts Grants Committee: Assistant grant to assist German sound

                      artist Christina Kubisch  in Berlin.


2003     Helge Ax:son-Johnson foundation.



REPRESENTED


The British Museum; The Hasselblad foundation; The National Library of Sweden; The Nationalmuseum, Sweden;  The Public Art Agency, Sweden; The Modern Museum, Stockholm.



EMPLOYMENT


University Lecturer, Sound as Critical Practice, 30 credits (Developed and Course responsible together with Jenny Sunesson) Stockholm University of Arts.


University Lecturer, 5 credits course  ”Intermedia”; Royal University of Music, Stockholm, BA and MA Level. ): 2014 - present.

Together with Jenny Sunesson.


Holder of the German Dorothea Erxleben Scholarship, Hochschule für bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany; Organized by the Niedersächskisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur in order to promote women to getting qualified for an academic professorship: 2009 - 2011.


University Lecturer, 7.5 credits course ”Experimental Music and Sound Art”, developed the course together with Andreas Engström. Department of Musicology, Stockholm University. MA and BA Level: 2008 - 2009.



CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS


2015 “Exploring the Longitude and Latitude of Publics Space Through Sound Art”,

The Dark Precursor, International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research,


Gent, Belgium.


2013 Gabrielsson, C., and Å. Stjerna, ”Smoth Listening – Acoustic Striations and Lines of Flight”, Deleuze Studies Conference 2013, Lisbon.


2013 Stjerna, Å., ”A Sense of Place: Art, Affect and Place”, Centre for Healthcare Architecture, Chalmers University, Gothenburg. Symposium on the connections between art, healthcare and architecture.


2011 Stjerna, Å., ”Aspects on Duration: the Vulnerability of Permanence in Site- Specific Sound Art”, Sound Arts Theories Symposium 2011 – School of the Art Institute Chicago.


2010 Stjerna, Å., ”AtmoSpaces: An Acoustic Intervention by Åsa Stjerna and Rolf Giegold”, Sound Acts: Sound as Art - Sound in Culture. Sound in Theory - Sound in History. September 23 - 25, 2010. Aarhus University, Department of Aesthetic Studies.


2007 Stjerna, Å., ”Sound Art, Klangkunst, Ljudkonst - Different Languages, Different Meanings?", Sound, Art, Auditory Cultures. November 28 - 30, Copenhagen Doctoral school.



PUBLISHED TEXTS

     

          2019

          Public Art Dialogue Journal | Sound Sites (forth coming)

Co-editing special issue of the American journal Public Art Dialogue together with Charles Eppley, on sonic public art.

Information about Public Art Dialogue Journal



          Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift (smt) – Journal of Social Medicine

          Contributing with a text on sitespecific sonic practice |  Special Issue on "Helth as Art" (Hälsa är konst)



          Ljudkonst, Publication 

Red: Åsa Stjerna and Andreas Engström

OEI Editör

Kungl. Musikaliska akademiens skriftserie #140

336 pages including  14 essays on sound art translated into Swedish. Contributing aouthors include: Helga de la Motte-Haber, David Toop, Douglas Kahn, Volker Straebel, Barbara Barthelmes, Golo Föllmer, Gernot Böhme, Frauke Behrendt, Gascia Ouzounian, Brandon LaBelle, Salomé Voegelin, Seth Kim- Cohen, Christoph Cox och Tara Rodgers.

Information 



          2018
          Before Sound – Transversal Processes in Site-Specific Sonic Practice (2018)

 Doctoral Thesis in Artistic Research

Academy of Music and Drama, University of  Gothenburg

Link to dissertation



2016

Stjerna, Å., "Pendula Bergiorum –Parken som tid"(Pendula Bergiorum (The Park as Time)

in OEI | Grön våglängd; trädgårdar, parker, växter



Stjerna, Å., and Cox, C., "Ljud, Affekt och det offentliga rummet

– Ett samtal mellan Åsa Stjerna och Christoph Co"x

in Nutida Musik, hösten 2016



Stjerna, Å., and Cox, C.,

"Sound, Affect and  Public Space

– A conversation between Åsa Stjerna and Christoph Cox"

in Dirty Ear Report #1, Errant Bodies Press, Fall 2016



2013         

Stjerna, Å., ”Aspects on Duration: The Vulnerability of Permanence in Site-Specific Sound Art in Public Space” – Leonardo Music Journal. LMJ 23: 2013. Theme issue on Sound Art.



2011

Guest Editor of Nutida Musik, no., 2011, Theme issue on the human voice

Including:

Stjerna, Å., "Josef Protschka – Pojken bakom rösten" ("Josef Protschka – The Boy Behind the Voice"), Nutida Musik, no. 4, 2011, p.5-9

A portrait and interview with Josef Prouschka, the twelve year old boy who lent his voice for Stockhausen's Gesang der Jünglinge.


Stjerna, Å., "Att identifiera en röst – intervju med Jonas Lind, specialist i rättsfonetik", ("The Art of Identifying a Voice – Interview with Jonas Lind, specialist in forensic phonetics"), Nutida Musik, no. 4, 2011, p.26-31.


Stjerna, Å., "Rösten som abstrakt verklighet - ett samtal med Peter Ablinger" ("The Voice as Abstract Reality – A Conversation with Peter Ablinger)",

Nutida Musik, no. 4, 2011, p.5-9, p.32-37.


2009 Engström, A., and Å. Stjerna, "Sound Art or Klangkunst? A reading of the German and English literature on sound art ”, Organised Sound – An international Journal of Music and Technology, vol. 14, issue 01.

Theme issue on Sound Art.



2008 Stjerna, Å., "Att inta position – Intervju med Gisela Nauck, chefsredaktör för den tyska musiktidskriften Positionen" ("Taking a Position – Interview With Gisela Nauck, Chief Editor for Positionen, A German Journal of Contemporary Music"), Nutida Musik, no. 2, 2008, p. 22-27.


2007 Stjerna, Å., "Att läsa mellan raderna" ("Reading Between the Lines"),

Nutida Musik, no. 4, 2007, p. 6-11.

On interpretation of contemporary music. A portrait of the flutist Sara Hammarström.


2007

Guest Editor of Nutida Musik no. 4, 2006 –  no. 1 – 2007  Theme issue on spatial perspectives of sound art.

The issue puts focus on the spatial related forms of sound art covering both theoretical texts on the discourse of sound art, and in-depth texts on sound artists such as Bernhard Leitner, Robin Minard, and Max Neuhaus presented for the first time in Sweden.

Including:

Engström, A., and Å. Stjerna, "Ljudkonst – Den svenska modellen"  ("Sound Art  The Swedish Model"), Nutida Musik, no. 4, 2006 – no. 1, 2007, p. 5-12.


Engström, A., and Å. Stjerna, "Varför har den svenska konsten varit så tyst? Och varför låter den så mycket idag?" ("Why the Swedish  Art Used to be Silent – And Why it Sounds so Much Today"), Nutida Musik, no. 4, 2006 – no. 1, 2007, p. 13-20. A conversation with philosopher and art critic Sven-Olov Wallenstein.


Stjerna, Å., "Att färga rummet med ljud" – Ett porträtt av ljudkonstnären Robin Minard" (On Coloring a Space with Sound – A portrait of Sound Artist Robin Minard"), Nutida Musik, no. 4, 2006 – no. 1, 2007, p. 21-26.


Stjerna, Å., "Tre x Ljudinstallationer" ("Three x Sound Installations"),

Nutida Musik, no. 4, 2006 – no. 1, 2007, p. 21-26.

On Christina Kubisch's Licht Himmel, Bernhard Leitner's Cylindre Sonore and Max Neuhauses Time Square.


Stjerna, Å., "Hur låter ett rum? – Om Kirsten Reeses ljud och videoinstallation Hallenfelder" ("How Does A Space Sound? – On Kirsten Reese's Sound and Video Installation Hallendfelder"),

Nutida Musik, no. 4, 2006 – no. 1, 2007, p. 35-38.


Stjerna, Å., "Den klingande konsten byter boning – Om Singuhr Hörgaleri, Berlin" ("Changed Location for Sound Art – On Singuhr Hörgalerie, Berlin"), Nutida Musik, no. 4, 2006 – no. 1, 2007, p. 61-64.


2006 Stjerna, Å., "Hanna Hartman – Mellan det konkreta och det abstrakta"

(Hanna Hartman – Between the concrete and the abstract"),

Nutida Musik, no. 2, 2006, p. 5-9.

On the composer Hanna Hartman’s composition The felling of tall trees entails danger.


2005 Stjerna, Å., "Elektromagnetiska stadsvandringar – Åsa Stjerna om att arbeta med tyska ljudkonstnären Christina Kubisch" ("Electromagnetic City Walks – On  Working With Sound Artist Christina Kubisch”), Nutida Musik, no. 4, 2005, p. 15-19.



PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS



2017 Tracing the Roots of Sound Art, (Part of the course Feministic Perspectives in Auditive Arts)

Stockholm University of the Arts


2016 Mapping Your Artistic Context | Workshop

Stockholm University of the Arts

 

2016 Tracing the Roots of Sound Art, Program of Music- and Sound production. (BA-level)

Academy of Music and Drama, Gothenburg, Sweden.


2016 Tracing the Roots of Sound Art, Program of Composition, MA-level,

Academy of Music and Drama, Gothenburg, Sweden.



2015 MAGMA TRIBUTE Nordic Embassies Berlin

         2015 Conference on Art, Sound and Radio produced by Riksutställningar/Swedish Exhibition Agency and Halland Art Museum

Invited to participate in a moderated debate on sound art, togther with Seth Kim Cohen and Andreas Engström

"What Can Sound Art Do?"


2013 Artist presentation and lecture on site-specific sonic practise, Sound Art Program (Ljudkonstprogrammet), Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (Stockholms Dramatiska Högskola). MA-Level.


2012 Artist presentation, Electronic Studio, Department of Audio Communication, Technische Universität, Berlin ”EM-hören”.


2011 Artist presentation and lecture on sound art in public space, Sound Art Program, Stockholms Dramatiska Högskola (Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts). MA-Level.


2011 Moderated presentation by the Dorothea Erxleben scholarships holders

 

2009-2011, Hochschule für Bildende Kuenste Braunschweig.


2011 Research symposium on sound art: University of Aarhus, Denmark – Department of Aesthetics and Communication/ Aestethics & Culture.


2011 Artist presentation and lecture on sound art in public space, Valand School of Fine Art, Gothenburg.


2011 Artist presentation and lecture on sound art in public space,

Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.


2010 ”Mapping Sound in Art” Moderated seminar as part of Unsound Festival,

New York. U.S.


2009 Artist presentation at symposium ”Sound and Site”, Full Pull Festival, Malmö.


2009 "Swedish Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art", Presentation at the

Electronic Studio, Department of Audio communication, Technical University, Berlin. 


2009 ”On the Adaption of Sound Art in Swedish Art Critic After the Postmodern Break-Through”, Presentation as part of Soundings: A one day seminar on sound art, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.


2009 "On Sound Art in Public Space". Combined artist presentation and lecture Konstfack (University of Art, Craft and Design), Stockholm.


2009 "On Sound Art in Public Space". Combined artist presentation and lecture, Department of Musicology, Stockholm University.


2009 "On Sound Art in Public Space". Combined artist presentation and lecture, Dramatiska institutet (University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre), Stockholm


2008 Artist presentation at the seminar ”Sound and light art”, Uppsala Art Museum.


2008 Artistic presentation at ”Listen To the World”, A seminar on sound art and contemporary music arranged by Växjö University and COMA festival

as part of World New Music Days 2009.


2008 "On Sound Art in Public Space", Arranged by SEAMS, Society for Electro-acoustic Music in Sweden.



BROADCASTING


2013 Musikmagasinet On Sound Art.

Information here


2010 A one hour program about the Austrian sound artist Bernhard Leitner.

A commission from the Swedish National Broadcasting, Sveriges Radio P2 Monitor.