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HISS is a poetic work and in its core lies our relationship to nature. The work is grounded in the fields of acoustic ecology and listening practices and pays attention to surrounding soundscapes. HISS is an inquiry of the North Bohemian region in the Czech Republic, an area marked with the heavy coal mining industry (surface mining of brown coal) for over two centuries. There are major devastations and changes in the relief of the landscape – considering that some of the industries are still up and running, while others are closing down and in the process of the land-recovery. There is a number of villages and rivers that were physically moved and removed in favor of the economical growth.

In the fall of 2019, I self-organized a research trip, in which I engaged with the environment through walking – often writing as I was walking, recording at times, but mostly listening. In one week, I walked around 100 km in order to absorb the whole of it. I put an emphasis on rhythms, spatial locations, finding relations and similarities in places that felt both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time, as well as that I allowed myself to drift according to my thoughts and perceptions. I worked thoroughly with the textures of the words carrying their sounds and echos, the rhythms – of myself walking, writing, and reading. I directed the work to be ecological in its content – multilayered and many-voiced, proposing new ways of seeing and listening, and encouraging the reader/listener to drift through an alternative time, sound, and light.

HISS was displayed at EARTH/The Current Way of Living at Galerie Emila Filly, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic (2019), and TEKS, Trondheim, Norway (2020). HISS (audio) was re-broadcasted at GIRL MONSTER! at Radio Primavera Sounds (2019), and Borealis Radio Space at Borealis festival for experimental music (2020) Bergen, Norway. HISS (text) was re-published at SOUNDEST zine dedicated to sound-art. HISS is supported by Billedkunstneres Vederlagsfond and Fond for lyd og bilde.

Magdaléna Manderlová (b.1991 in the Czech Republic) is an artist based in Trondheim, Norway. She holds an MFA degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic (2015), and an MFA degree from Kunstakademiet i Trondheim, NTNU (2018). Coming from fine art education together with being a musician, her work has an overall focus on sound. Magdaléna’s practice is based on continuous field investigations, grounded in the listening practices and acoustic ecology, where the site or the place is often the starting point. Her projects evolve in site-specific sound installations, audio recordings, writing on sound and performances. She has a history as a singer-songwriter and was active in the Czech indie scene 2010-17. Nowadays, she works both solo and in collaborations with other artists in the context of improvised electronic and ambient music.