The Arctic Pyramid & Árdna

Every Sunday from 11 to 15 you can listen to NORD – Polar Soundtracks in Árdna. NORD currently features two works by prominent Norwegian artists Jana Winderen and Signe Lidén. Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone (21 min. 30 sec.) by Winderen reveals sounds of those living by the so-call ice-edge in the Barents Sea, amongst others, whereas Elapses (27 min.13 sec.) by Lidén approaches the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen Island as a body being examined – and as an echo from an eternity-chamber.

Elapses, the new commissioned work by SALT, can also be listen to in the Arctic Pyramid as a version for 16 speakers from 23 to 11 each day.



The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is designed to protect seeds from all over the world against large scale catastrophes far into the future. Less than 10 years since its opening we have learned that there is no repository that is as secure or stable. People and machinery struggle against temperature fluctuation as the permafrost contracts around the vault. But it is exactly places like this that enable us to suggest new concepts for long-term thinking. To listen to the seed vault, as an echo from an eternity-chamber, can be a good place to begin.

Based on recordings from 2011, Elapses approaches the seed vault as a body being examined.

Signe Lidén is interested in how places, man-made landscapes and their stories resonate; in memory, through narratives and various materials. Her work spans from sound installations, sculpture, video and performance, to documentaries such as sound essays and archives.

Signe Lidén

The Cold Coast Archive

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone

The ‘ice edge’ is a controversial political concept – as it moves it opens up for new potential oilfields in the Norwegian-Arctic oceans. The melting of ice soon allows for shipping through the North East Passage. During the last years, Winderen has been interested in the life by the ‘ice edge’ – in the seasonal or marginal ice zone of the Barents Sea. How will the changes effect the biodiversity from phytoplankton to the largest spices of whale?

The work is based on underwater recordings in the ice zone during the bloom of plankton in 2016, and from the ocean ice of the North Pole and previous trips to the Barents Sea, by Greenland and Iceland. The piece reveals the complexity and strangeness of the unseen life of Arctic oceans.

Jana Winderen has through more then two decades explored our hidden depths by hydrophones. Her immersive multichannel sound installations, performances and field recording are being presented in settings all over the globe.

Image courtesy (from top): Signe Lidén, Espen Sommer Eide, Jana Winderen.

NORD including the sound art programme and the debate series Havsnakk på kaikanten is highlighting Arctic ecologies. Ongoing since February 2017, the programme is curated by Hilde Methi and Britt Kramvig.

NORD is presented with support from Arts Council Norway, Arts Council Norway ‘The Audio Visual Fund’, the Bergesensstiftelsen, and the Fritt Ord Foundation.