Tuned City – Between Sound and Space Speculation [de Berlin]

tunedcity.jpgTuned City – Between Sound and Space Speculation is a comprehensive exhibition and conference project planned for July 2008. The project searches for a new evaluation of architectural spaces from the perspective of the acoustic through the facilitation of dialog between the discourses of sound art, architecture and urban planning as well as the commissioning and exhibition of several site-specific works in various locations around the city of Berlin.

Tuned City presents artistic work and theoretical approaches derived from a critical preoccupation with sound in the context of urban and architectonic situations and their socio-political implications. Invited participants reflect in their work on the aesthetic, ethical and political dimensions of sound art projects and demonstrate the potential in using existing architectures in new ways or designing new spaces. Tuned City extends current discourses on urban development and planning from the perspective of artistic sound production.

On the weekend January 26, 2008 the project will present a 2-part preview of its work at clubtransmediale.08. At the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse on Saturday 26.1. international theorists from the fields of music and architecture will introduce various aspects of the project and outline the main issues to be addressed at the conference. On the following day, Sunday 27.1. sound performances preoccupied in unusual ways with the interrelation of architecture, urban space and sound will be presented in Maria am Ostbahnhof under the title Tuned Space.


Date: 26.1.2008
Time: 12 – 19h
Venue: Ballhaus Naunynstrasse
Tickets: 5.- EUR

The lectures and presentations at this symposium introduce the different aspects of the topic and outline the key points of the planned conference. Sociologist Detlev Ipsen will open up the symposium with some basic thoughts on recent urban developments, followed by the philosophical position of Gernot Boehme defining space through the aesthetics of athmospheres. The architectural historian and theorist Ulrich Winko will give an introduction of the history of music and architecture and will hand over the topic of sound art to the writer and artist Brandon LaBelle. Coming from a critical sound and space discourse himself, LaBelle is going to question one of the pioneers and major figures of sound art, Max Neuhaus. Between the single lectures artists participating in the project in July 2008 will give short presentations of their work.

Prof. Dr. Detlev Ipsen (D)
“City – Mega-City – Urban Landscapes: Volatility of Sound?”

Prof. Dr. Gernot Boehme (D)
“Architecture and City Planning – and Acoustic Atmospheres”

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Winko (D)
“Of the Sound of Spaces – Architecture, Music and Sound Art in the 20th Century”

Brandon LaBelle (US)
“Sounding Spaces”

Max Neuhaus (US)
“Site-specific Sound Work” – Max Neuhaus in discussion with Brandon LaBelle

Project presentations:
Nik Hummer (A)
“Social Sound Systems”

Mark Bain (US/NL)
“Sonic Architecture”

Zimoun & Pe Lang (CH)
“Untitled Sound Objects”

Lola Landscape Architects & Geer-Jan Hobijn (NL/D)
“Composed City”


Date: 27.1.2008
Time: 21h
Venue: Maria am Ostbahnhof
Tickets: 12.- EUR

For the Tuned Space program, artists from across the sound-art spectrum have been invited to make their own sonic investigations, deconstructions and provocations within the architectural space of the Maria club itself, taking the audience from the quiet minimal world of found objects and sounds through to the body- and building-crushing power of subsonic rumblings.

The UK’s Dallas Simpson will undertake a detailed and intimate binaural sonic investigation of the urban wasteland around the club, putting the audience directly inside the performer’s head via wireless microphones and headsets. Swedish field-recordist BJNilsen has teamed up with Icelandic cello player Hildur Gudnadottir to explore the minute architectural and structural resonances of the viola and cello instruments and their so-called Wolftones, played out over a multichannel speaker setup. Basque noise-aktionist Mattin declines to state the trajectory of his performance for the evening, as this anti-laptop Body & Linux performer prefers the element of surprise to any other. Daniel Menche, hailing from Portland Oregon, US, similarly involves his body in the production of an overwhelming sound which seeks the limits of both physical tolerance and structural restraint. And finally, Netherlands-based US expatriate Mark Bain will demonstrate his Vibrasonics system, a set of subsonic devices designed to inject sound waves into the foundations of a building, challenging our notions of architectural stability and perhaps even bringing the walls crashing down upon us.

sound performances by:
Dallas Simpson (UK)
BJNilsen & Hildur Gudnadottir (SE/IS)
Mattin (Basque Country)
Daniel Menche (US)
Mark Bain (US/NL)

Tuned City was conceived and produced by garage g e.V. (Carsten Stabenow and Gesine Pagels) in cooperation with Carsten Seiffarth (singuhr hoergalerie), Derek Holzer, Anke Eckardt and Anne Kockelkorn. The preview weekend was produced in cooperation with CTM.08.

Tuned City received generous funding from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Bundeszentrale fuer politische Bildung.

Jan 21, 2008
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  1. cilia erens:

    I am interested in the Tuned City Manifestation in july 2008. The subject attracts me very much.
    As a soundartist i am specialised in what i call ‘the audible space’.
    Formarly a town and countryplanner i first introduced soundwalks in the Netherlands. My public always wear headphones and is experiencing soundcompositions of (public) spaces the way i recorded them.
    Silence, silences in groups is an important theme in my work. For more information see my website with english translations under portfolio/ oda/ oda in de pers/ english version: scroll down.
    Furthermore the publication ‘the audible space’ in ‘hearing places, sound place time culture’ edited by Ros Bandt a.o.
    Cilia Erens

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