HALL 04 theater installation @ DAZ

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.


PHANTOM POWER – Konrad Smolenski

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.

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The Statement! Sound – Installation

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

ISBN 978-3-86828-641-0

Sounding Spaces

lecture by Brandon LaBelle (US/DE)

Hinting at notions of temporality, event-situations, and electronic interactions, the auditory contours the built with flexibility and multiplicity, bending spatiality through acoustical additions and sonorous perceptions. While manifest readily in acoustics, such as concert hall and sound studio design, sound and space also interweave within a legacy of sound art and installation projects, electronic music works and a general consideration of the soundscape as integral to the built environment. From the tonality of spaces and the musicalizing of built environments to transmissions and invisible wavelengths, approaching space through sound suggests other dimensions to the experience of architecture. Exploring such dimensions, the sonic arts functions as an ongoing experimentation onto the spatiality of sound, while providing an important platform for social, participatory, and sensory experimental modes for building place.

appearance at Tuned City Preview
Berlin /symposium/26.01.2008 Tuned City


Listening to Public Space – Montreal

Conferences, concert, roundtable / September 21 – 23, 2015
Oboro: 4001, rue Berri, # 301; Goethe-Institut: 1626, boul.St-Laurent, Montreal/Canada

The Goethe-Institut MontrealHexagram, Oboro and DOCK Berlin unite forces to present a series of events exploring the relationship between sound, art and urban space.

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.


Drone Lab + Unmapping – workshop + seminar for tsnonami/valparaiso

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…

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Composición espacial TUNED CITY MONTEVIDEO

In the frame of Festival internacional de Arte Sonoro Monteaudio 18-22 Nov 2014 tuned city was invited by Lukas Kühne and Fabrice Lengronne for a workshop at EUM Escuela Universitaria de Música – Facultad de Artes, Montevideo/Uruguay.
Together with their students of the „Forma y Sonido“ class and the artist and curator Martin Craciun we explored for a couple of days different sonic aspects of the town.

festival bonn hoeren 2014

12th – 22nd of june 2014

in the fifth year of bonn hoeren a large FESTIVAL project will take place from the 12th to the 22nd of june 2014, in which the results of the fundamental thematic research of the first four years will be condensed and developed further both artistically and discursively. around two concentrated weekends, bonn will be transformed into a vast platform for artistic production and presentation, discussion and intermediation of sound art and music in public spaces through a variety of formats. the city-wide event will present a series of newly commissioned site-specific works by renowned sound artists and an international symposium (18.-22.6.2014) extending the theoretical and practical discourse. students of architecture, music and sound art from diverse institutions will conduct investigations in various parts of the city and develop projects and perform on-site interventions. next to a series of concerts and site-specific performances, a big city symphony with hundreds of participants will be premiered in the city center of bonn on the 20th of june.


Tuned City presentation at KUMU, Tallinn


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


tuned city presentation at mutek mexico

international symposium in the frame of MUTEK_MX at Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City

Monday 30th Sept 2013
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



You can find a first selection of images in our flickr-pool >>>

Timothy Morton wrote about Tuned City on his blog >>>
and made his ‘earworm’ lecture (audio and slides) completely available >>>

Jonathan Reus & Ruth Timmermans wrote an extended report for GONZO (circus) >>>

foto © Will Schrimshaw

Martin Howse documented his EDE installation here >>>

foto © Mark Stanley

“What an ambitious festival – 3 days, 47 artists, across 22 venues – enough to make any project manager shudder!” read the report by Mark Stanley here >>>





A) Shorts: Listening to Tuned City from within and without
by Felicity Ford (UK) & Valeria Merlini (IT)

Felicity Ford and Valeria Merlini explored the sonorities of the city focusing on the sounds of the festival and how they intersect with previously documented sounds of the city itself. During the festival aural “refreshers” of the previous day were played at the start of each subsequent day.

27. June 2013 – opening

28. June 2013 – first conference day

29. June 2013 – second conference day

30. June 2013 – third conference day

A) Symposium: Listening Between a This and a That


June 28th 2013 – Relational Noise

Missing Persons by Hillel Schwartz (US)

Stockholm meets Brussels Mattin (E/BASK) in conversation with Kobe Matthys (BE)

Between Speeds: Sirens, railway shocks, street noises… by Shelley Trower (UK)

Hearing-Things by Christoph Cox (US)


June 29th 2013 – Situational Listening

Walkscapes by Francesco Careri (IT)

The art of sound walks by Joost Fonteyne (BE)

Shared Space by Brandon LaBelle (US)

June 30th 2013 – Operative Ambience



Aesthetic of Atmospheres by Gernot Böhme (D)

Earworm by Timothy Morton (US)

Urban Ambiances as Sensory Lifeforms by Jean-Paul Thibaud (F)

C) radio aporee – fmwalks/bx
by Udo Noll (D)

During Tuned City Brussels, Udo Noll followed the course of the festival with his experimental radio device bx (bROADCAST BOx), a hybrid assembly of tools and techniques for entering and exploring different media spaces more or less simultaneously and delivered a daily sound stream in between documentation and artistic radio practice, embedded into the city’s urban atmospheres. A documentation is online on his blog and the audio archives can be found here on >>>

Matjeka, Stefanie (D)

is born 1985 in Karlsruhe and studies Aesthetics and Art History and Media Studies at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK) since 2007.
She is focussing on contemporary art in the field of performance, sound art and public interventions and on art mediaton.
Since 2012, she is organizing and curating exhibitions as an active member of the art society Kunstverein Jahnstrasse e.V., a young institution for contemporary art in Braunschweig.

Exhibition „I Have a Dream“, secondhome projects, Berlin
Exhibition „It´s all about music“, HBK Gallery, Braunschweig
Art Education project „Artists in School“, CJD Christophorusschool, Braunschweig


by Stefanie Matjeka

The public intervention Liaison evokes the question about our personal behaviour towards urban soundscapes. It provides a nomadic space within the city to perceive the acoustics from an unknown perspective and it labels distinctive spots for sound in urban space as alternative points of interest.
Several Tents will be set up in the city centre of Brussels at locations chosen by their characteristic and specific urban sound atmosphere. They will be accessible for the visitors and labeled in reference to the Festival TUNED CITY with a distinctive pictogram.
Inside each tent the visitor will find a site-specific note with simple listening instructions. The tents are not anchored firmly in the ground to maintain their mobility and to enable visitors to interact with them.
The tents offer a secluded place for the visitors within the public space to experience the surrounding sounds in an intimate situation. They both channel the focus towards one moment of urban soundscape and question the valuation of sounds in terms of harmony.
Labeled and distributed in urban space as one part of the festival TUNED CITY, the tents turn into an iconic sign. They communicate the idea of exploring and discovering sounds within the „urban jungle“ and sanitize the public image of street
noises eventually. This intervention questions our notions, what sounds are worth listening to and opens up the possibility of a change of perspective.

Inter – S

by Sabine Sellig (D)

inter S
sound installation with interaction at the city.

no determined time frame and place megaphone, millimeter paper

The first sound I heard in Brussels was the traffic lights sound, the monotonous ticking on occasion faster or slower, swelling or ebbing away.
Seen in an abstract way, these 24 hours periodic appearing, penetrative signals symbolise regulations, unities, certain frames and pattern.

The „red“ / „green“ phase act itself as loops, of course together,too.

The periodic and circular feature is what you can call my main interest; the little pips in progression are absolutely engrossing: if you once noticed them you‘ll never achieve to dissociate yourself again.
Concerning my artistic way of working with recorded audio material:I am always dealing with little loops in combination.

Typically I search for little rhytmic conspicuous or characteristic events in my collected material, cut these events out and arrange them in a multi-laned new way…

Sellig, Sabine (D)

Sabine Sellig is born 1990 in Bühl, Germany.


since 2009 Arts at the HBK Braunschweig, Germany
in the first instance with the emphasis on „Arts in Action“ with Christoph Schlingensief;?since 2010 Sound art with Ulrich Eller


2013 „Mystique“ – Kulturanker e.V. – Magdeburg
„Nacht und Schimmel – Kunst und Käse“ – Galerie einRaum – Braunschweig
„I have a Dream“ – secondhome projects – Berlin-Wedding
2012 „ICHICHICH“- Raumlabor Braunschweig
„Romantik 2.0“- Kulturanker e.V.- Magdeburg
„Funkausstellung“ (Pit Noack) – Galeria Lunar – Hannover?2011 „GAP“- Raumlabor Braunschweig?2010 Mitarbeit „VIA INTOLLERANZA II“(C. Schlingensief n. L.Nono) – Berlin
„Sysiphos-Projekt“- Ateliers Jahnstrasse – Braunschweig

appearance at Tuned City
Brussels / Student Exhibition 27–29. June 2013

Student Exhibition

Student presentations @ Galerie Rivoli map >>>
opening June 27, 14:00h

opening times: June 27, 14:00 – 18:00h, June 29, 12:00 – 19:00h

Working with Brussels art schools has been particularly important in the context of Tuned City Brussels. Sint Lucas Architectuur (“Resonances of a blind spot”), Erasmus Hogeschool RITS/Radio (sound atelier), Sint Lukas Transmedia (“Inner/Outer”) and La Cambre (ENSAV) option Espace Urbain (“Inouïr Space Exploration”) worked in parallel threads on semester projects in the first half of 2013. Four public workshops in relation to the festival topics were led by external tutors.

Q-O2 hosted two international workshop groups from the Masters of Artistic Research program (MAR) from the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague, Netherlands and The Sound Art Class from The Braunschweig University of Art (HBK), Germany working on the topics ‘Modes of Listening’ and ‘Interpretation of Noise’.

Results of the semester projects and the workshops will be shown at Galerie Rivoli – a very charming 70s building in the south of Brussels.

Students RITS

Séverine Champeaux – Boxlife –
Sofie De Schrijver – Polanoise
Eva De Roo and Maarten Coosemans – De Opera Zingt
Lucas Derycke and Misha Koole – Achter De Stilte
Joke Sluydts – City Beat

Students Braunschweig University of Arts (D)

Sabine Sellig – Inter – S
Stefanie Matjeka – Liaison
Manuel Silberbach – o.T.

Students Sint-Lucas Architectuur

Yazgi Demirbas – variations of acoustic hats
Louise Frateur – rooftops on bxl
Lyssa Giots – arrange to build
Charlotte Legouhy – building with the void
Liesbet Neesen – try to make the invisible visible
Ligia Papoi – the voice of the microcosmos
Rina Pohlmann – boundary zones
Birgit Sterckx – film-travel experience into a house

Students St. Lukas Transmedia

Amanda Andersen – The Traveling Backrest
Petar Kufner – The void between visual and aural