2017 | Switzerland, Norway | Documentary,Experimental

Acoustic Ocean

  • 20 mins
  • Director | Ursula Biemann

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in development

Acoustic Ocean (working title) is an artistic exploration of the sonic ecology of marine life in the North Atlantic. Located on the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway, the video centers on the performance of a marine-biologist diver who is using a life-size model of a submersible equipped with all sorts of hydrophones and recording devices. In this science-fictional quest, her task is to sense the submarine space for acoustic and bioluminescent forms of expression. The submersible itself takes on characteristics of deep-sea creatures with their transpa­rent bodies and luminous organs and tentacles. In this scientific array, any form of critical distance between the scientist, her research subject and the instruments is absent; they have all grown together. Acoustic Ocean is a visionary work of art engaging a scientific interest in the images and sounds of an al­tered sense. The soundtrack is a composition of fish vocalization recorded and made available by marine biologists.

Acoustic Ocean is in development, shooting in Norway is in late September 2017 and again in Spring 2018. It is scheduled to be finished by September 2018 when it will be exhibited at the international Atlantic exhibition After the Future - in the wake of utopian imaginaries in Plymouth (UK).

Ursula Biemann is an artist, writer, and video essayist based in Zurich Switzerland. Her artistic practice is strongly research oriented and involves fieldwork in remote locations where she investigates climate change and the ecologies of oil, ice and water.


Renowned set designer Michael Graessner (Berlin) who has represented Germany at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennial has designed the submersible model.


Sofia Jannok, well known actrice, musician and climate activist from the Sami Northern Scandinavian indigenous community is doing the performance.


Lydia Zimmermann, camera woman, script writer, film director (Barcelona/Zurich) is doing the camera. http://lydialake.tumblr.com

Patrick Codenys, musical performer and film sound designer (Brussels) is doing the sound track.








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