UNDER 1.0 (2021)
UNDER is a site-specific solar powered sound installation and a community project involving hiking, cooking, listening and camping together that took place in the nature area of Florarna in Norra Uppland, during 2020-2022.
The work and project was created in collaboration with the nature guide, Stefan Skoglund, the biologist, Marie Kvarnström and Konstfrämjandet Uppland within the interregional project Skogen Mellan Oss.
The work is based on the artist Jenny Sunesson’s personal survey of Florarna nature area and reserve, which is located near her own home in Örbyhus.
For almost a year, and during somewhat stressful conditions, Jenny explored the subterranean sound world of Florarna using contact microphones dependent on power from portable solar panels.
During this process, Sunesson challenges her own relation to the forest and her constant objectification of it while recording.
However, it soon becomes obvious that the strict, solar-powered work process might not be the solution to her urge to control the forest and its biology.
Instead, it is during the unsentimental struggle, the mosquito-filled sweaty, stinging process and the uneasy interactions that glimpses of consensus and reciprocity between forest, machine and human appear.
UNDER is part of a series of auto-ethnographical works.
UNDER 2.0 (2022)
During the work with UNDER in 2020 and 2021 Jenny concentrated her work on three focus areas of Florarna; clear-cut areas, protected areas (nature reserve) and pine plantation.
The original location for the installation was in a middle of an old, densly planted plantation where Jenny developed the work according to its specific, unique acoustic properties.
When the installation was to be exhibited the second round, in 2022, the plantation had been cut and was no longer recognisable.
After long delibaration the decision was made to move the installation and the work had to re-adjusted in order to its new, sonic site.
CLICK TO LISTEN >>> UNDER at Naturmorgon, May 2022