Tuned City day 3 / block 1 / 11 am / Alexanderplatz

Christa Kamleithner (Universität der Künste Berlin)

Prof. Susanne Hauser (Universität der Künste Berlin)
the eye, the ear and the big city

Pascal Amphoux (Cresson Grenoble)
sonic effects and other criteria of public space

Raviv Ganchrow (Institute of Sonology Den Haag/department of Architecture TU Delft)
phased space


Alexanderplatz as a place of visionary iconography: from the early projects of the avantgarde, Döblin’s Alexanderplatz and the major project of the GDR-modernity up to the present “visionary” stone wallpaper. In terms of the number of visitors, Alexanderplatz can be called as one of the most dense – and maybe the most public – places of the city, an overlapping of traffic space and shopping space in the city centre.

The art historian and cultural scientist Susanne Hauser investigates this special aesthetic of agglomeration/urban compression in her work and searches for alternative models of description for the urban space. How is the urban space around the Alexanderplatz acoustically defined and coined by its usage and overlap of different functionalities?

These and similar questions are approached by architect and geographer Pascal Amphoux from the renowned research institute Cresson in Grenoble. The architect and sound artist Raviv Ganchrow will question what happens to the notion of ‘space’ and ‘place’ when examined through a sonic lens. Which vocabulary and which concepts exist to talk about sound in public space? For the planned conference situation, raumlabor_berlin will use a part of the outside staircase of the TV-tower as an open-air theatre and an oversize “city mattress” which invites the participants to sit and relax.