MARE BALTICUM (2015/2016)
An artistic exploration of the underwater soundscape of the Baltic Sea.
The sound installation Mare Balticumis based on a selection of sounds recorded during a scientific investigation conducted in 2014 and 2015 by BIAS: Baltic Sea Information on the Acoustic Soundscape. Collected from thirty-eight hydrophones, these recordings were made at exactly the same moment every hour, each day, for a year; this sonic map of the Baltic enables scientists to measure the effects of human-induced sound in the ocean.
In Mare Balticum, fragments of this comprehensive material have been combined in order to create one continuous, synchronized portrait of the Baltic Sea as perceived from multiple locations at a number of specific yet contiguous moments. Stretching from the Bothnian Sea in the north to the Öresund in the south, and from the sea’s eastern reaches on the Estonian coast to its westernmost edge in the Danish archipelago, the work progresses temporally as well as spatially. In the installation, marine life, the forces of nature, and the constant presence of the sounds of human activity – the barely perceptible and that which drowns and silences – converge. In this way, the constantly changing place we refer to as “the Baltic” is made perceivable, allowing a sonic politics to be discerned.
In the sound installation, each loudspeaker represents a specific place in the Baltic where sound recordings were made. Distinct places bleed into one another in the sound installation, sometimes acting as solitary voices and sometimes as ensembles. Together, they constitute a geographic choreography that invites the visitor to move from place to place.
Technical concept: Åsa Stjerna and Manfred Fox, Fox Engineering, Berlin
Software developer: Andre Bartetzki
BIAS, Baltic Sea Information on the Acoustic Soundscape
Mare Balticum has been exhibited at
GuteLjaudKarte Sweden 2015:
A one hour program about the artists behind Gute ljaudkarte
broadcasted in Swedish Radio P2 on August 2d 2015, produced by Eva Sjöstrand
KUMU art museum Tallinn Estonia 2016:
Ronneby Konsthall 2016:
European Sound Art Award, Marl, Germany 2016: