At Struer Tracks you can experience sound art created by artists from all over the world, specifically for the City of Sound.
For this second edition curator Christian Skovbjerg Jensen has asked artists to consider what we should be listening to? Instead of tuning into what is already present, artists will bring or materialize something new to Struer. Foreign sounds, forgotten sounds and sounds that make present, what we were otherwise not able to hear. We will be listening out for foreign, unknown and far-away places. We will be tuning into connections, departures and transits: to a town in Russia, radiation from space and endangered species. During Struer Tracks #2 Struer will be a city that truly listens to the world.
Read about the different events that took place during the biennale here
Using the common name Alien Sounds a group of students from the Jutland Art Academy and DIEM present four works of art for the biennale sound art festival Struer Tracks . Through sound, objects, video, and electronics, the pieces focus on the notion of the unknown, eg. the sounds of unfamiliar places and inaccessible places, the hidden sounds in the matter that surrounds us or the sound of a possible unknown future or past.
Christian Skjødt Hasselstrøm: The Receiver
Sounds of electromagnetic radiation from the sun, transformed into audible material. The Receiver explores the transformation of energy from electromagnetic emanations of the sun into sound; this audible radiation fills the otherwise empty building.
The Globe of the guest
Sounds from recordings and edited archived material on guests and botany in an artist’s home in Struer, mounted with newly written poetic texts, two voices and new music composed with stone, metal, wood, parts of historical score and electronic sound.
Hanne Lippard: There are 36 ways to view Mount Fuji (2009) & Lostisms (2011)
Sounds from the voice and texts of Hanne Lippard. Hanne Lippard’s artistic practice explores the voice as a medium, with outcomes in performances and sound based works, but the starting point is always her playful, rhythmic and poetic lyrics.
Ignas Krunglevicius: Signal to Noise Ratio
Sounds from a robot generated voice From the distance, the large metal structure resembles an old-fashioned, modernist sculpture that stands in the way. It may also resemble a sculpture we have seen many times before, but as we approach it, we can hear the sound that becomes more and more disturbed as we move into the work.
Jacob Kirkegaard: A city in Russia
Sounds from a Russian town. Most people in Denmark have heard the saying “It’s a town in Russia”; a metaphor for something entirely foreign or perplexing. But what precisely is this town we are referring to? In reality might such a town exist, and what makes it, “a town in Russia”?
J. Oliver & C. Vu: Extinction Gong
Sounds from a traditional ‘Chao Gong’ The artists Crystelle Vu and Julian Oliver have co-created the work The Extinction Gong. Taking the form of a large traditional ‘Chao Gong’ its rear-face is fitted with a mechanism that beats to the rhythm of species extinction, estimated by eminent biologist E.O. Wilson to be about 27000 losses a year, or once every 19 minutes.
Lundahl & Seitl: Unknown Cloud
Sounds from our solar system’s planets tracked as spatial sounds in their orbital coordinates in relation to the visitors phone, two black holes colliding, field recordings from parallel locations where the Cloud event takes place, voices of past visitors and at last the voice of the AI Cloud Caretaker.
Magnus Bugge: Soundtracks for webcams
The sounds come from signals. They’re all synthetic and don’t come into being until the realisation of the installation. One can also say, the signals emerge from webcams, through the interaction and analysis of captured images in the sensor, creating sounds – by and for the cameras. At any given moment, thousands of webcams are actively observing our world.
Oswaldo Maciá: Fables of the wind
Sound recordings of desert winds from the Atacama Desert in Chile, Chihuahua Desert on the US and Mexican border, Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and White Sands in New Mexico, the Great Sand Dunes in the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado and the tundra of Svalbard in the Arctic. In addition to this are recordings of insects who pollinate flowers from the Choco rainforest in Colombia.
Sandra Boss & Jonas Olesen: Interferens
Sounds of the bell from Struer railway station, Japanese prayer bells, an old fire alarm bell from Elsinore, bells from Copenhagen, bells from the door of a store in South Zealand, little brass bells from Poland, German ship bells, a table bell from Sweden, Christmas bells from Norway and a cow bell from Jordan. For many years the two artists Jonas Olesen and Sandra Boss have collected bells on their travels around the world.
Maia Urstad: Nattefærd
Sounds from a massive moving steel machine, creaking and rattling, blurred sounds and fragmented voices in the passenger compartments mixed with intermittent garbled train announcements from another country, interlaced with layered real-time messages captured from within the night train from Struer to Copenhagen. From the departure from Struer late in the evening at 11:17pm till the arrival in Copenhagen the next morning at. 5:44am.
Younes Baba-Ali: Horn Orchestra
Sounds from car horns collected in Belgium, France, Poland and Morocco. Horn Orchestra is a sound installation consisting of a series of 10 car horns suspended from the ceiling in an enclosed warehouse space on the harbour. The public is invited to walk into the space when all of a sudden their presence triggers the sound of the installation, reciprocating their entry by a shocking blare of car horns