Åsa Stjerna

(born in 1970, Stockholm, resident Stockholm/Sweden and Berlin Germany), is a composer in the sound art and sound installation fields. She studied at the Academy of Photography, University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Stockholm in1994-1996. She also studied musicology and philosophy and at EMS (the Electronic Music Studio in Stockholm) in 2005-06. Since 2010 she has been a PhD candidate at Academy of Drama and Music in Gothenburg writing/doing an artistic PhD project in the field of sound art in public space - working title: Instead of Public Ornamentation – On Sound Art in Public Space. She has been involved with several permanent public art projects dealing with the design and articulation of urban spaces through sound and listening. Stjerna has written extensively on sound as an artistic medium and is a regular contributor to the Swedish contemporary music magazine Nutida Musik (Contemporary Music) where she also is a member of the board. Her recent contributions to exhibitions and festivals include Transmediale media festival, Berlin, 2013 and Ultima Contemporary Music festival, Oslo among many others. Stjerna is a member of the publication committee at the Royal Academy of Music. She also worked, for example, as a pedagogue in 2009 – 2011 and held workshops regularily at the Institution for Sound Art, Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig. Her public commissions Sky taken down is at the university hospital in Gothenburg from 2012-2015, a large scale outdoor sound installation for a new area in the centre of Stockholm, a commission from the city of Stockholm, from 2012-2014. Stjerna is represented in the British Museum, the Hasselblad foundation, the National Library of Sweden, the Nationalmuseum in Sweden, the National Public Art Council Sweden and the Modern Museum of Stockholm.
Selected works: Permanent sound installation for Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris, in progress -2014; Schulz Goes Kafka, by Agnetha Pleiijel directed by Marika Lagercrantz, Stadsteatern Stockholm, sound design, 2012; Avstånd/Närheter, (Distance/Intimacy) 2012, Slussen, Stockholm, a sonic intervention for two hundred wind players com. by Nordic Music Days 2012; Currents, 2011, A real time based sound installation, the Oslo opera house; Följeslagare (Companion), 2010, Public site- specific sound installation developed for Nolhaga Parc, Alingsås Sweden; AtmoSpaces, 2009 A Sonic Intervention, Public site-specific sound , Akademie der Künste, Berlin, in cooperation with Rolf Giegold; SubAqua, 2009, Public site- specific sound installation developed for HafenCIty Hamburg; Sounding Esplanade, 2009 Public site- specific sound installation developed for Västra Esplanaden, Växjö, Sweden com. by ISCM world new music days 2009; Sonic Promenade, 2008, Public site - specific sound installation com. by Article Festivalfor Unstable Media; Klangwäldchen, 2007, Public site-specific sound installation Nordic Embassies Berlin.
Awards, selection: 2009-2011 Holder of the German Dorothea Erxleben stipend, Hochschule für bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany; 2009 the Swedish Arts Grants Comittee: 2008 IASPIS (International Artists' Studio Program in Sweden); 2004 the Hasselblad foundation: Residence in Grez-sur-Loing, 2003 Helge Ax:son-Johnson foundation