“The Garden”, Sound Bench at Botan
Jonna Hägg
3 May 2021 - 24 June 2021

The Sound Environment Centre has acquired a sound bench for different sound experiments, artistic projects and the communication of research results. During the Sustainability Week (3-8 May) and until mid-summer, the bench will be placed in the Botanical Garden, where a site-specific sound artwork has been developed especially for the bench.

For several years, the artist behind the work, Jonna Hägg, has been exploring how the soundscape of the world in general is changing. Human sounds have become so pervasive on earth that we have created a third category just for them: anthropophony.

In many landscapes, anthropophony dominates and drowns out the sounds of nature. Everything we build, our machines, engines and houses create new sounds that are integrated into the landscape. In this way they create new soundscapes, new melodies of nature, the nature of today.

The starting point for the work is the garden as a musical composition and (thematic) disharmony.

“I imagine that every landscape has its own melody, created by the surrounding geography and climate, an interaction between animals and nature. The melody can be deeply rooted in the creatures that live in these places, and if this interaction is disturbed, life in that place also changes. Trying to preserve all these unique melodies in the landscape is as important as preserving unique physical environments. Not only are a frightening number of plant and animal species becoming extinct due to human encroachment, but much of the natural soundscapes are in danger of disappearing. The different sounds of the animals are distributed across the sound spectrum so that the different sounds do not strike each other. Just like in an orchestra where everyone in the ensemble has a distinct place, animal sounds also have their given place. If you add two instruments that are too close to the register, the sounds will become indistinct and change, and may even fade out. This is happening here and now, as man and his machines take up more and more space in the sound world of nature.”

(Jonna Hägg about the work during the creation process)

The sound installation is a collaboration between the Sound Environment Centre, the Botanical Garden and the Inter Arts Center, which produced the installation. Jonna Hägg is educated at Malmö Academy of Fine Arts.

Read more about Jonna Hägg – jonnahagg.com

Visit the Sound Environment Centre – lmc.lu.se

Have a look at the entire programme of the Sustainability Week in Lund 3–8 May 2021 – sustainability.lu.se

Sustainability Week is an annual event in Lund organised as a joint venture by Lund University and the City of Lund. Sustainability week serves as a platform for bringing together ideas, for cross-disciplinary collaborations, for raising public awareness and for inspiring sustainable change.

Listening hours: 8.00-20.00

Jonna Hägg