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Navigating Turbulence ~ towards the making of place: A site-specific sound piece

08.9 - 17.9 — On the ferry from Helsinki Market Square to Vallisaari and online

Navigating Turbulence ~ towards the making of place

Navigating Turbulence ~ towards the making of place is a site-specific sound piece developed by Cyane Findji and Myriam Gras, with the intention of expanding the visitor’s experience of the ferry trip to the Helsinki Biennial, located on the island of Vallisaari. Anchored in the late winter of Helsinki’s coastal area, ice-related recordings merge with the surrounding ambient sounds as the waters throw themselves against the hull of the roaring ferry.

Navigating Turbulence focuses on ocean ecology, exploring natural and human-made ice formations through the sounds their presence produces. It delves into research, stories and activities related to these local waters. Along with field recordings, poetry and dialogues with researchers at the Aalto University’s Ice and Wave tank, a number of complex insights into the sea are revealed, including scales, materialities, agencies and interdependent layers of knowledge. The sounds emanating from different seasons and real-time experience embrace the listener through a physically embodied experience. The sound piece is received in a feeling of positive confusion, where the line between simulation and reality fades. Through sound, new places and times can emerge, exist and coexist.

The sound piece is intended for the ferry to Vallisaari and lasts for about the length of the trip. For the full experience we recommend to start listening as soon as you get on board and enjoy the scenery. You can access the sound piece with your personal smartphone and headphones using this link.

The sound piece is in English.

The project Navigating Turbulence ~ towards the making of place is developed by Cyane Findji and Myriam Gras as part of The Art Mediation Forum by ViCCA@Aalto ARTS, one of five curatorial collaborators invited by curator Joasia Krysa and the Helsinki Biennial 2023.

The team warmly thanks Associate Professor Arttu Polojärvi (interview) and Doctoral Researcher Marek Muchow (interview) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Aalto University, Doctoral Researcher Tim Hammer from TU Delft (poetry), Antoine Flahaut (sound editor) and Essi Pellikka (voice) for their openness and contributions.