Swiss Haute-Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to present a new site-specific sound installation by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen at Art Basel in Basel, in its lounge designed by Brooklyn-based Fernando Mastrangelo.
Winderen’s composition takes visitors on an acoustic journey across the Vallée de Joux, home of Audemars Piguet. Together, Winderen and Mastrangelo’s works offer visitors an immersive sensory experience of the Swiss Jura Mountains.
Winderen’s sound installation will be complemented by a live public performance, organised in collaboration with HeK, House of Electronic Arts Basel, during Art Basel on Tuesday, June 11 at 10pm.
Winderen’s artwork amplifies the sounds of our environment and empathetically connects listeners to the fragility of our global ecosystems. Her latest composition, Du Petit Risoud aux profondeurs du Lac de Joux, was developed following several visits to the Vallée de Joux’s forest and lake.
It focuses on sounds both accessible and inaccessible to the human ear, encompassing various layers of the Vallée de Joux, from the 300-year-old slow growing spruce trees of the Risoud forest to the sounds made and heard by the fish in the depths of the Lac de Joux.
Amplifying the sounds of these ecosystems through high-definition recordings including a Sound Field microphone, hydrophones and an Ultrasound detector, Winderen offers unique ways of seeing, listening and interacting with our immediate surroundings, while exploring how sounds from the forest and the land are impacted by human activities.
Winderen’s collage of interwoven layers of sounds from the Vallée de Joux provides visitors with a large and intimate sense of the region where Audemars Piguet developed over time. The artist also invites them to take part in the piece and experience two types of listening: through speakers mixing with the live ambient sounds of visitors in the lounge and with headphones in the intimacy of Mastrangelo’s ‘escape lounge’.
Du Petit Risoud aux profondeurs du Lac de Joux resonates deeply with the attentive, detailed and precise work of Audemars Piguet craftsmen. As Winderen explains: “I share a fascination for, and attention to, very small details with watchmakers. I carefully ‘listen with’ and to the creatures around us, paying attention to how they interact with the environment. Through this focused listening, I also start to notice my immediate surrounding. Watchmakers, too, have an increased sensitivity to sound. The watch comes alive with its ticking.”
Meanwhile, Mastrangelo’s design, The Vallée, amplifies the evocation of the Swiss Jura Mountains’ natural environment set by Winderen’s sound artwork. Inspired by the Manufacture’s origins, Mastrangelo’s design was first unveiled at Art Basel in Hong Kong earlier this year and will continue its evolution in Miami Beach and into 2020.
The design element debuting in Basel is a chandelier made of crushed glass, referencing the limestone stalactites in the Swiss Vallorbe Caves, which will be suspended above the watchmaker’s desk.
As Mastrangelo describes: “I wanted to reflect the Manufacture’s history and the landscape that inspires the creation of these beautiful watches. The space for me is about the journey across the Vallée de Joux and each part of the journey is punctuated with sculpture and furniture. The audience will walk through the spruce tree forest, watch the sunset from the Vallée and feel the texture of the Swiss Vallorbe Caves. Each part is handmade and cast using materials as a metaphor for the awe-inspiring landscape.”