You must register in advance for this workshop through this online form.
Rapid prototyping of site-specific sound interventions
This workshop is an investigation into the social and acoustic affordances of sound in public spaces. We will spend two days exploring the city of Amsterdam through the practice of Soundstorming, a direct exploratory method for fast prototyping of outdoor sonic interventions.
Soundstorming is the invention of artist Davide Tidoni, who recently won an honorable mention at Ars Electronica for his work A Balloon for Linz. Similar to the process of brainstorming, the pretext of Soundstorming is to provide a freewheeling context in which we may explore different listening modes and develop site specific installations and interventions.
Soundstormers stop the walk and intervene whenever they find an interesting site/context. A sensitive ear, critical awareness, and sound producing / recording devices constitute each soundstormer’s basic toolkit.
During the soundstorming walk we will pay particular attention to the body as a whole sensory being and as a political subject. We will conduct situated listening activities for developing individual sensitivity to the nature of the city, as well as develop approaches for investigating specific social-cultural contexts and notions of public and private.
At the end of the 2 days, participants will critically present his/her documentation and the experiential data gathered during the exploration with the group.
Dates: 12-13 May , 2012
Time: 10:00 – 18:00 (each day)
Initial Meeting Point: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, 1017WL Amsterdam
Maximum participants: 12
Advanced registration is required for this workshop through this online form.
A personal email with practical info about locations and equipment will be sent to registered participants a few days before the start of the workshop.
WHAT TO BRING / PREPARE
Participants must bring along their own sound-making devices for use in outdoor installations and interventions. Any kind of old or new media equipment is welcome. Good examples are bent electronics, found radios, small speakers, megaphones, mp3 players, microphones, tape recorders and so on. We highly recommend looking for some sound equipment on Queensday, or attending the REWIRE Queensday circuit bending workshop in order to prepare some sound making devices.
Things also useful to bring are: a swiss army knife, waterproof clothes, heavy shoes, water and food. Remember that you must carry what you bring. We’ll be in the city most of the day, so do not load your backpack too much.
With a particular emphasis on listening modes and sound-space relations Davide Tidoni (IT) realizes a variety of works that include site specific interventions, acoustic territory explorations as well as sound ethnography fieldworks and listening workshops. He has presented his work at the Barbican Centre – London (2012), the Ars Electronica Festival – Linz (2011), the Venice Architecture Biennale (2010), the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Exeter (2009), and RAUM – Bologna (2009).
STEIM is very happy to have the opportunity to invite Davide to conduct his unique sound explorations here in Amsterdam.