The media are not toys… they can be entrusted only to new artists, because they are art forms.
(McLuhan, 1954)









HISS—ongoing (2019-2021)

Artist book (A4, 56 pages, risograph print)
Graphic design by Katerina Barankova
Printed at Kudla Werkstatt
Self-published in 50 copies
Audio essay (27min, stereo)
Self-released at https://hissinglandscape.bandcamp.com/
Recorded and mixed by myself




Background

HISS is first produced as a commissioned artwork for the group exhibition The Earth / Current Way of Living in 2019 at Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem, the North Bohemian region in the Czech Republic.
The work consists of a sonic essay and an artist book, and is based on an excursion I made to the North Bohemian region in the same year. The region contains a major coal mining field, and the traces of mining and extractivism have permeated the landscape over the last couple of centuries.

During one week, I engaged with this landscape by walking over 100 km while listening to the surroundings. My aim was to feel - and to meet - the landscape, to absorb its natural and cultural stories while widening my sonic imagination.

The areas I investigated are abandoned and off the beaten track, often situated in-between the extraction sites and populated areas. In this work, I invite the audience to feel and explore these spaces. I encourage the audience to linger and drift through an alternative time, sound, and light.

Since 2019, HISS has been re-exhibited and expanded.

HISS artist book preview available on request.

 




The field trip to the North Bohemian region, 2019

I walked through Bílina, Braňany, Černice, Duchcov, Jedovina, Lom u Mostu, Mariánské Radčice, Milada, Most, Osek, Roudníky, Trmice, Ústí nad Labem, Vršanská vyhlídka, Vysoká Pec.

I collected field recordings, photographed, listened, and wrote, while walking alongside the open mine pits and its surroundings.

Over a hundred settlements and villages were moved or destroyed as a result of the mining from the 17. century to the mid-1990s, as well as the water systems, which were manipulated and moved to make space for the industry.

I visited some of these locations and tried to look for the remains, to sense something where there was often nothing left. I looked at the old mining sites that were in the process of landscape restoration; these pieces of landscapes that are now planted with geometrical grids of trees, or filled up with water.









Documentation from TEKS - Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre
Photographed by Espen Gangvik and Olga Bushueva








Documentation from The Earth/Current Way of Living, Galerie Emila Filly
Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic, 2019-2020

Photographed by Jirka Dvorak









Digital preview of the book







The installation was exhibited at:
Numinous Beginnings (group exhibition), Lydgalleriet, Bergen, Norway (2020)
Sound Occupations (group exhibition) at STIFF Film Festival, Rijeka, Croatia (2020)
HISS (solo exhibition) at TEKS - Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre, Norway (2020)
The Earth/Current Way of Living (group exhibition) at Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic (2019- 2020).

HISS (audio) re-broadcasted at RUMMUR radio (2020), Radio Space by Borealis festival for experimental music (2020), and Girlmonster! at Radio Primavera Sound (2019)

HISS (text) re-published at SOUNDEST issue 6 (2020) and Fusion Journal, Listening in the Anthropocene edition (2021).

HISS is supported by Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, Norsk kulturråd, Fond for lyd og bilde, Trondheim Komunne og Regionale proskjektmidler for visuell kunst.