CV

Åsa Helena Stjerna

 

BORN IN STOCKHOLM 1970

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

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

 

BA, Academy of Photography; 1994 - 1994, University College of Arts Crafts and Design,

Stockholm.

 

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

 

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

(Bachelor Thesis)

 

Since 2010:

PhD student at Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, Academy of Music and Drama,

University of Gothenburg. Area of research: Sound art in public space.

 

 

 

 

 

PERMANENT WORKS

 

 

2017

Himmel Nedtagen, 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

 

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 petri-Friedhof Braunschweig

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.

 

Since 2007-2017

Member of the editorial board of journal of contemporary music journal

Nutida Musik.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

 

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, 7.5 credits course ”Intermedia”; Royal University of Music, Stockholm, BA and MA Level. (Developed and responsible for course): 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”, 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

 

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 – Information

 

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?" Information

 

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.