Sky Brought Down

Åsa Stjerna (SE)

OÖ Kulturquartier
Digital Musics & Sound Art




Åsa Stjerna’s site-specific work was developed as a permanent sound installation for the University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. Even though it doesn’t demand a great deal of attention of its audience, Sky Brought Down generously soothes and helps balance the hospital sounds, without disturbing the fragile balance of an everyday work space. 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: Weather phenomena in the sky generate different sorts of sonic expressions in real time, according to a complex structure of algorithms. A total of 16 speakers, from floor to ceiling, provide for an extraordinary vertical listening experience.

Sky Brought Down/Åsa Stjerna (SE), Credit: Åsa Stjerna


Project Credits:

  • 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