Sky Brought Down is a permanent site-specific sound installation that was developed for a new indoor atrium and main staircase at the Center for Imaging and Intervention at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden. The work was part of my dissertation in artistic research: Before Sound—Transversal Processes in Site-Specific Practice, (2018) University of Gothenburg. Sky Brought Down takes as its conceptual foundation the sky outside the hospital. A weather station on the roof of the hospital forwards weather data in real time to the sound installation. This data is transformed into different types of sound textures. Low pressure systems, high pressure systems, precipitation, wind speed, wind pressure, and light all generate different sorts of sonic expressions in real time, according to a complex structure of algorithms. A total of 16 speakers, which are mounted behind the wooden panelling that runs through the atrium from floor to ceiling, provide for a vertical listening experience where a glass ceiling allows a visual direct contact with the sky, which is subsequently sonified in the building through the work. By increasing the corporeal as well as conceptual experience of the site, the aim was thus to establish an immersive relation between visitor and site.
Åsa Stjerna (SE) is an installation artist, who uses sound and listening as her artistic media of exploration. Through her site-specific sound installations, she explores the often hidden underlying historic, social, political, and poetic phenomena connected to a place, making these perceivable. She is currently involved with several public art projects dealing with the articulation of urban spaces through sound and listening. Stjerna has participated in a number of exhibitions in Sweden and internationally.
Commission: Department of Public Art, Region Västra Götaland. ( In Swedish: Konstenheten, Västfastigheter, Västra Götalandsregionen)
Curator: Brita Bahlenberg
Software developer: Andre Bartetzki
Technical concept and realization: Manfred Fox