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Situated Technologies Pamphlets 2

urb1.jpgSituated Technologies Pamphlets 2: Urban Versioning System 1.0 :: Matthew Fuller and Usman Haque with illustrations by David Cuesta :: now available from Lulu.com.

The second volume of the Situated Technologies Pamphlet Series asks the question: what lessons can architecture learn from software development, and more specifically, from the Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) movement? Written in the form of a quasi-license, Urban Versioning System 1.0 posits seven constraints that, if followed, will contribute to an open source urbanism that radically challenges the conventional ways in which cities are constructed. Continue reading


Jun 25, 2008
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David Byrne’s “Playing the Building”

bmb_final_400.jpgThe Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has just announced the selection of 13 artists and arts organizations to receive support through its Grants for Art in Public Spaces program, made possible with the support of the September 11th Fund. The list can be found here. It includes the following by David Byrne:

The landmark Battery Maritime Building will be the site of artist David Byrne’s massive undertaking, Playing the Building, produced by non-profit arts organization Creative Time. The 9,000 square foot building will be transformed into an interactive musical instrument through the use of a retrofitted antique organ, which will serve as the interface for the public’s interaction, triggering musical sounds produced by the building’s structure. Continue reading


Jun 6, 2008
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Tuned City Symposium [de Berlin]

tuned.jpgTUNED CITY

Over five days, July 1-5, the symposium will approach the topic architecture and sound from five different theoretical and spatial perspectives. The chosen venues – spaces built for the production or reception of sound, acoustically flawed or impossible spaces, public and semi-public urban spaces, finished and planned spaces, wasteland or cultivated spaces, indoor and outdoor locations – each serve to illustrate the topics of that day, and offer a mixture of lectures, artistic presentation, performances and examples of working architectural practice.

Below you will find a rough overview of the themes, places and times. For information on the single slots of these blocks and to the participants please visit our website: http://www.tunedcity.de Continue reading


May 30, 2008
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Interview: Karen Van Lengen

Karen Van LengenKaren Van Lengen is the Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture and Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. She is also the former Chair of Architecture at the Parsons School of Design.

Van Lengen’s current work focuses on the use of sound as a significant design component. Her designs mix environmental sounds into public and private space, often taking sounds from one space and playing or mixing them into another. Her most recent project is a collaboration with Joel Sanders Architects to create a sound installation within the newly renovated Campbell Hall, home to the UVA School of Architecture.

Peter Traub: Your 2003 paper co-authored with Ted Sheridan, “Hearing Architecture: Exploring and Designing the Aural Environment”, argues for a greater emphasis on sound and aurality as elements of modern architectural design. When and how did you become interested in sound and “designing the aural environment”? Continue reading


May 29, 2008
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Robotic Ecologies and Emergent Systems in Music

medusa.jpgThis past spring at the University of Virginia, a first-time joint class was offered that brought graduate students from the Virginia Center for Computer Music (VCCM) together with undergraduates in the School of Architecture.The undergraduate Robotic Ecologies class merged with the Emergent Systems in Music graduate class, and was co-taught by professors Jason Johnson (architecture) and Matthew Burtner (music), with assistance from music graduate student Troy Rogers. I had the opportunity to participate in this exciting new venture between our departments. The goal of this year’s class was for students to create and fabricate “performative spatial and acoustic instruments that sense, compute and interact to/with emergent atmospheric inputs.” The class’s group collaborations resulted in three new robotic sonic-spatial instruments. Movies and descriptions of the instruments are provided below. Descriptions were provided by the groups and video footage was provided by Jason Johnson. Continue reading


May 28, 2008
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Live Stage: Navigating the Space of the Future [nl Amsterdam]

david_dunn.jpg[Image: David Dunn] Navigating the Space of the Future – Seminar with presentations by: Yolande Harris, David Dunn and Atau Tanaka:: April 15, 2008; 8:30 pm :: Netherlands Media Art Institute, Keizersgracht 264, 1016 EV Amsterdam :: LIVE STREAM.

What does it mean to navigate? What is the importance of location specificity? What does it mean to get lost? The increasing accuracy of satellite navigation strives to eliminate the possibility of human error, but it also produces a sense of dislocation from one’s immediate environment by abstracting location as the coordinates of longitude and latitude. What place is there for one’s body, one’s senses, one’s conscious and unconscious awareness of space, if this knowledge is so apparently made redundant by GPS? Continue reading


Apr 9, 2008
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Tuned City: Call for Performance Proposals

tunedcity.jpgCall for Performance Proposals: Tuned City – Between Sound and Space Speculation :: Garage, Kastanienallee 73, 10435 Berlin.

Tuned City is seeking proposals for short performances and artist presentations addressing issues of sound and architecture. These proposals should relate to one or more of the topics listed below, and should include links to online documentation of the proposed performance/presentation, or to similar work by the same artist / author. The deadline for proposals is April 30, 2008, but proposals will be considered as they are received. Please submit proposals in English. Continue reading


Mar 20, 2008
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Reblogged Bernhard Leitner [de Berlin]

04_leitner_rhre_2.jpgBernhard Leitner: TonRaumSkulptur / Sound Space Sculpture (1968-1973) :: Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin :: February 1 – March 24, 2008 :: [info] :: [video] :: [bernhard leitner website]

Sound Spaces are not just spaces in which sound can be heard. Rather, it is sound itself that creates the space and its special qualities. Therefore the experience of hearing not only enables us to experience the space around us, they can also make it possible to experience physical space as an “inner” space. Bernhard Leitner’s work leads us to a quality of sound (as space) that remains concealed within stimulus streams. It shows the potentials of sensual experience that we are barely conscious of because they are either lost or have remained unknown as possibilities. – Cathrin Pichler Continue reading


Feb 20, 2008
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Live Stage: Buzzarté + Witlarge [us NYC]

headshot_bw_sm.jpgMonique Buzzarté and Leopanar Witlarge discuss and perform their recent works in the Harvestworks presentation room, 596 Broadway #602, NYC :: February 4, 2008; 6:30 pm :: HARVESTWORKS Digital Media Arts Center, 596 Broadway, Suite 602 (at Houston St.), New York (Subway: F/V Broadway / Lafayette, 6 Bleecker, W/R Prince)

Monique Buzzarté will perform Subtle Winds (2007), an eight-channel surround sound composition that can be performed in three configurations: as an electro-acoustic piece with or without an optional performer, or by live performers only. Continue reading


Jan 29, 2008
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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. Continue reading


Jan 21, 2008
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