workshops

TENSE EARS



The workshop is an opportunity to research on themes such as: sound propagation in outdoor space, long distance listening, and context-specific sound intervention.

The location for the workshop is the TAV construction site in Valsusa. The acronym TAV in Italian stands for Treno ad Alta Velocità, which means high-speed train in English. Heavily contested by the No TAV movement, the construction site has been declared by the italian governement “sito d’importanza strategica” which basically means strategic military zone. The construction site appears fenced and patrolled by police and military forces.

The choice of the TAV construction site as context for the workshop is because of the following reasons:
- the presence of a red zone, prohibiting people’s circulation and action, which makes sound a means for reaching and crossing the construction site from a distance;
- the military forces and the technological surveillance protecting the construction site, which put the performers in a condition of alertness and attentive listening;
- the certainty of having an “audience” listening from inside the construction site, perceiving our sounds as a sinister presence.

During the workshop, each of the participant is invited to develop an intervention and to perform it during a night excursion in the surroundings of the construction site.

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UP IN THE VALLEY

What
Up In The Valley is a workshop presenting a series of listening exercises and performances specifically designed for mountain locations. The activities are presented as part of a series of walking excursions and explore acoustic principles such as reflection, absorption, filtering, and the threshold of audibility. Mountain settings serve as unique setting providing specific qualities such as high silence/noise ratio, long-distance acoustic horizon and multiple reflecting surfaces.

Documentation Images
https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidetidoni/sets/72157651874593186

Logistics from previous editions
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LISTENING / INTERVENING

listening workshop

The workshop is open to anyone concerned with the possibility of interaction between sound, space, and the body.

Through a series of pieces and exercises based on spatial listening, body filtering, and sound-guided movements, the workshop reflects on the active role of the listener in actualising and interfering with the production of sound and its propagation.

Standing on the conviction that there is no listening without intervention (the observer is always participating to the observed event) the workshop approaches listening as the capacity to interact with sound and co-produce sound events.

A list of possible activities includes: your footsteps in the room; closed-eyes walk to the wall; touch the others with a microphone; someone is listening from inside a cardboard box; “anolog” filters and white noise; ears at the wall; hit the microphone with a slingshot; try to avoid any feedback to occur while walking to the amp; find the spot where two different sounds are perceived at the same loudness; walk away from the sound source up to the point where you cannot hear it anymore; participants’ bodies functioning as absorption panels,…

Documentation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52_f4094wD4
https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidetidoni/albums/72157650976176766

SOUNDSTORMING

soundstorming

What
Soundstorming is an exploration walk that invites participants to develop location-based activities. Echoing the brainstorming process, the workshop functions as an informal exchange of collective experiments with sound and listening in outdoor space.

Soundstorming begins with a semi-structured walk that interesects a certain area or territory. Participants stop the walk and start working whenever they find a potentially interesting location. The fundamental parameters for choosing where to stop relate to the spatial affordances of the place, its configuration and acoustic quality as well as to the freedom of movement it provides.

Participants bring to the walk their own technical equipment. Everything must be compact and easy to carry around. Bent electronics, small analog/digital sound instruments, sound generators, portable loudspeakers, megaphones, pre-recorded sounds, contact mics, sound playback/recording devices and found objects are some of the tools for developing interventions and situations.

In addition to being a direct process for rapid prototyping and testing, Soundstorming provides a context in which participants acquire practical experience about notions such as private/public, the abandoned, the act of trespassing, and the reappropriation of space.

Documentation
CONCEPTS from the workshop at STEIM, Amsterdam, 2012
IMAGES from the workshops at STEIM, Amsterdam, 2012
VIDEO from the workshop at STEIM, Amsterdam, 2012
VIDEO from the workshop at IMM, Düsseldorf/Köln, 2011