The book documenting Peter Cusack’s Berlin research is finally out. In the frame of his residency at DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2012 we developed and produced a series of events together which extended to this little publication.
Berlin Sonic Places: A Brief Guide is an appreciation of, and an enquiry into, Berlin’s sounds and soundscapes in all their moods of noise and quiet. It asks why does Berlin sound the way it does and what makes one neighbourhood sonically different from another. It pays attention to the aural character of particular buildings, streets, squares and green spaces, listens to the city’s public transport system and celebrates the importance of nature to Berlin’s acoustic environment. Briefly it attempts to find out what Berliners think and feel about the sounds of their city and how Berlin’s soundscape compares with those of other European capitals? Berlin Sonic Places: A Brief Guide raises the question, „How do we hear the cities in which we live?“ and offers some thoughts and responses from Berlin’s point of ear.
With contributions by: Pascal Amphoux, Peter Cusack, Max Dixon, Anna Fritz, Eva Kietzmann, Petra Kübert, Valeria Merlini, Udo Noll, Martyna Poznanska and Fritz Schlüter.
Edited by DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program
In English, 96 pp., photos, audio files online, soft cover with sound walk map,
Pb., € 12.–, 978-3-95593-083-7
We are very excited to announce a new collaboration with the festival TSONAMI in Valparaiso/Chile.
Thanks to the help of the Goethe-Institut international co-production fund we will be able to start an extensive research project, connecting Tsonami/Valparaiso (2017) and Tuned City/Messene/Greece (2018) with a residency exchange program.
The preparations for the next edition of TUNED CITY at Ancient Messene started. For the first time the place will be not an urban central European city, but actually the exemplary „ideal city“ in the sense of the Greek polis. You can get an impression of the site in this extended photo documentation >>>
INTERFACES is an international, interdisciplinary project focusing on bringing new music to an extensive range of new audiences. It involves a partnership of organisations from a wide range of European countries having a broad spectrum of experience in fields such as performing, multi-media exhibitions, new media, acoustic and electroacoustic research and education. This trans-sectoral approach is the key to opening up new perspectives on both the creative dimension of the project and the central objective, which is to engage new audiences of all ages and those potential audience segments which, for a variety of demographic or cultural reasons have not yet been exposed to the music of our time.
The Interfaces network includes the following partner institutions: Onassis Cultural Centre (GREECE), De Montfort University (UK), European University Cyprus, IRCAM (FRANCE), ZKM | Center for Art and Media (GERMANY), CREMAC (Romania), Q-02 (BELGIUM), ICTUS (BELGIUM), Klangforum Wien (Austria), the affiliate partners Centre Iannis Xenakis (FRANCE), Theatrum Mundi (UK), Tuned City (GERMANY) and Medea Electronique (GREECE) and was made possible thanks to the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Tuned City will take place in the frame of Interfaces in May 2018.
Read more about the exhibition >>>
In times of ‘hyperconnectivity’ the Dutch-Belgian collective TAAT (Theatre as Architecture Architecture as Theatre) takes the idea of architecture as theatre to the extreme. HALL04 is a Do-It-Together-theatre-installation that allows visitors to meet under special conditions in a large-scale wood sculpture.
The Berlin version at DAZ (11.-18. September 2016) was constructed by TAAT in cooperation with architecture students of Alanus Hochschule and theater students of Aberystwyth University under special consideration of sound as medium. We tutored parts of that process.
The next Tuned City will take place in May 2018 in Ancient Messene / Greece in collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Centre Athens in the frame of the Creative Europe cooperation project ‚Interfaces‘. In spring 2017 we’ll kick-start the project with a series of residencies and workshops.
We will announce a call soon, please stay tuned!
For the Polish Institute Berlin we curated and produced a solo show of Konrad Smolenski.
Phantom – something, what exists only in your imagination or fantasy, something not real, an illusion, a confusion of the senses.
Stage, gallery, institution – Konrad Smole?ski utilises the icons, artefacts, spatial determinations, codes and social syntax of contemporary culture production and presentation and undercuts their conventions and formats.
PHANTOM POWER plays with symbolic assignments, presence and absence and shows, how Foucault formulated so spot on „[…] that we do not live in a homogeneous and empty space, but on the contrary in a space thoroughly imbued with quantities and perhaps is full of phantoms as well.“
Konrad Smolenski (1977) works with sound, film, object in-between installation, performance and situation. In 2013 the internationally successful artists represented Poland at the 55th Venice-Biennale. http://www.konradsmolenski.com
Just contributed an article (Acoustic Knowing – Formats of Mediation between City and Sound) to this book.
This publication on the theory and history of artistic practice in the field of sound art illustrates themes and debates concerning the homonymic meeting that was held last summer at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig. In the field of sculptural art that uses sound, interventions using sound have developed since the 1980s into an area of their own, to which practice, artistic application, and theory are matched within the context of teaching at the UFA. Ingo Schulz, Ulrich Eller, and Christoph Metzger motivated renowned curators, artists, and theorists of sound art to take their inventory of the resonant art form. The book reflects the status of university teaching across Germany as well as curatorial practice and is so designed as to further the aesthetic debate in this field beyond music.
Editor: Christoph Metzger, Ulrich Eller
Authors: Andreas Oldörp, Anne Müller von der Haegen, Annette Tietenberg, Antimo Sorgente, Bärbel Schlüter, Carsten Seiffarth, Carsten Stabenow, Christoph Metzger, Dennis Graef, Franz Martin Olbrisch, Fraucke Stiller, Ingo Schulz, Jens Brand, Johannes Meinhardt, Julia Gerlach, Maija Julius, Robin Minard, Sebastian Pralle, Ulrich Eller
Conferences, concert, roundtable / September 21 – 23, 2015
Oboro: 4001, rue Berri, # 301; Goethe-Institut: 1626, boul.St-Laurent, Montreal/Canada
Three evenings of public events are planned, including a sound walk by artist Nicolas Dion Buteau, presentations by curators Carsten Seiffarth and Carsten Stabenow on artistic platforms in Germany promoting the research, presentation and creation of sound works and the urban environment (bonn hoeren and Tuned City), the presentation of a listening map of Bonn by sonic artist Sam Auinger, a performance by Ernst Karel of a composition integrating both human and non-human voices emanating from an urban environment, and finally a roundtable on the transformation of urban sounds in the built environment. Details >>>
In collaboration with the Goethe-Instituts of New York, Boston, Mexico, Sao Paolo and Montevideo.
In November/December 2014 we had the chance to do a research trip to Valparaiso. On invitation of the Tsonami Festival and Goethe Institut Chile we spent 2 weeks at this highly interesting place and carried out a workshop and a seminar under the Tsonami’s 2014 topic „GEOGRAFÍAS AUDIBLES“. We hope to develop that collaboration further…
The great closing concert of tuned city Brussels 2013 ma-ta-ta-bi by Akio Suzuki + Aki Onda was just released by ORAL_records Montreal. Read the conversation of Akio and Aki about this project. „Amazing clash and collaboration of two giants of Japanese Sound art and improvisation. A new duo who is there to stay for a long…. long… time ! A MUST !!!“
12. – 22. juni 2014
im fünften jahr von bonn hoeren wird ein großes FESTIVAL vom 12. bis 22. juni 2014 die grundsätzlichen thematischen ideen der vergangenen vier jahre konzentriert zusammenfassen sowie künstlerisch und diskursiv weiterentwickeln. um zwei wochenenden herum verwandelt sich bonn in eine plattform künstlerischer produktion und präsentation, diskussion und vermittlung von klangkunst und musik im öffentlichen raum. das stadtweite projekt wird vor ort entwickelte arbeiten zahlreicher klangkünstler präsentieren und in einem internationalen symposium (18.-22.6.2014) den theoretischen und praktischen diskurs zum thema klangkunst und stadt führen. studentengruppen aus architektur, musik und klangkunst von unterschiedlichen hochschulen werden in bonn recherchieren, projekte entwickeln und vor ort künstlerisch intervenieren. neben ortsbezogenen konzerten und performances findet am 20. juni die uraufführung einer großen stadtsinfonie mit hunderten beteiligten im zentrum bonns statt.
12.11.2013 / 18 Uhr / Aula
Lecture at Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Saarbrücken
Artistic interventions in the city – methods and formats of mediation using the example of the Tuned City project (Berlin, Tallinn, Brussels).
(On Invitation of Prof. Andreas Oldörp, sound art class at HBK Saar)
Symposium: Sound and public space
30.10.2013 / 11:00 – 17:00
[…] Urban space and sound: John Grzinich will introduce Tuned City, which has been held in different cities of Europe since 2008 and in Tallinn in 2011. Mapping connections between the built environment and sound, it pays attention to sounds that we usually do not consider to be important, sounds that don’t seem „interesting“ or seem to be just background noise. But once they are noticed we actually sense our surroundings differently. Besides „amplifying“, the project experiments with what kind of sounds can be added, and how we can use the city as an instrument. Besides raising the awareness of city soundscapes, it explores how other fields can use the outcomes of such projects as Tuned City, and what the sound artist’s point of view offers to urbanists, architects etc. […]
The Symposium is part of the large scale exhibition „Out of Sync. Looking Back at the History of Sound Art“
MUTEK_LAB – CREATIVITY IN THE PUBLIC SPACE
international symposium in the frame of MUTEK_MX at Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City
Monday 30th Sept 2013
SOUND & SPACE/CITY/URBAN ENVIRONMENT 3.30 – 3.45pm
Introduction by Carsten Stabenow, initiator and artistic director, Tuned City, Berlin
CASE STUDY 3: TUNED CITY (3.45-4.15pm)
Presentation of the Tuned City platform & projects – the relation between sound & space/city/urban environment, the research and methods of mediation, how to translate to an audience and into the design of public policies.
PANEL 1: Architecture, sound & new technologies in the future city (4.15-5.30pm)
Building audiences, mediating, mixing fields, and blurring the limits of the art fields. How to collaborate with local institutions, with their infrastructures, to try to make things change from the very inside?
Modetator: Carsten Stabenow, Tuned City, Berlin / Speakers: Martin Craciun, Soco Festival, University Montevideo / Abel Perles, Productora, Mexico DF / Natalia Britos, Museo universitario el Chopo
A first documentation with fotos, reports, interviews and recordings of all lectures is online now >>>
Listen to the new edition of radio emission framework:afield by felicity ford and valeria merlini in collaboration with students from RITS school of arts.
During the workshops in March, Felicity Ford and Valeria Merlini worked with students from R.I.T.S to explore the sonorities of Brussels in advance of the main Tuned City Festival. This workshop involved exploring the sites where Tuned City will take place, and practising a variety of listening techniques adapted from R Murray Schafer, Pauline Oliveros and CRESSON. The workshop emphasis lay on establishing an imaginative and appreciative listening-focussed investigation of the city, and the outcome was a series of experimental shorts, reflecting the students’ engagement with experimental documentation techniques. This work celebrated some of the sounds of Brussels in advance of the festival in June. This first workshop in March also lead to the production of a radio show for framework:afield, which celebrates students’ sonic discoveries of Brussels and conveys an ephemeral impression of the city in sound and which will air as part of the framework:afield broadcast schedule on Friday, 21st June, 01:00, Brussels, on Radio Campus 92.1fm.