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Hearing the sounds from inside a storm or from Antarctica’s change of season at CosmoCaixa

Sónar 2012 electronic music festival is underway and Barcelona’s CosmoCaixa has invited its visitors to hear the sounds of meteorology at the ‘METEOlab’ exhibition. It is a selection of works by some of the most prominent artists in the field of audible and multimedia contemporary creation, such as Thomas Köner, Chris Watson and Geir Jenssen, all inspired in meteorology and climatic phenomenology.

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16 June 2012 02:47 PM

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ACN / Anna Corbatera

Barcelona (ACN).- CosmoCaixa explores experimental artistic procedures and its relation to science at the Sonar festival. The programme, called'METEOlab: the sounds of meteorology at CosmoCaixa' and curated by Arnau Horta, gathers a selection of works by some of the most prominent artists in the field of audible and multimedia contemporary creation, such as Thomas Köner, Chris Watson and Geir Jenssen, all inspired in meteorology and climatic phenomenology. Sound installations, quadraphonic auditions of sounds in remote latitudes of the planet and audiovisual works are some proposals.


CosmoCaixa's planetarium becomes a quadraphonic audition room and holds two works, 'Antarctica - The Sea IceBorder' and 'The Churning of the Milky Ocean'by the English Chris Watson and the Norwegian Geir Jenssen, respectively. Both incorporate the sounds produced by the change of season in two remote and isolated parts of the world: Antarctica and Tônlé Sab Lake from Cambodia.

The German Köner Thomas presents a sound installation created specially for this programme and inspired by one of the most spectacular and devastating weather phenomena of nature: tornados. Using the particular architecture of the Spiral Ramp of CosmoCaixa and its unusual sound behavior within it, this piece, entitled 'Tower of Winds', situates visitors in the eye of an audible storm and invites them to experiment with their acoustic perception.

Köner also presents 'Nuuk' and 'Banlieue du vide', two audiovisual works of immersive nature that capture the gradual transformation of two landscapes subjected to the effects of winter weather.

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  • Norwegian Geir Jenssen (by CosmoCaixa / ACN)

  • Norwegian Geir Jenssen (by CosmoCaixa / ACN)