Exposition

sonozones (2014)

Jan Schacher, Cathy van Eck (co-author), Trond Lossius (co-author), Kirsten Reese (co-author)

About this exposition

The 'sonozones' project investigates sound art practices in public places through personal and public acts of listening and sounding. The topic is explored using artistic processes developed on site in Mülheim in the Ruhr region of central Germany. Four sound art practitioners collaboratively explore ideas and concepts that question the significance and impact of listening and sounding in public places and suburban and urban spaces. The project collects traces and artefacts of the artistic processes as a basis for investigations into key elements of the individual and social dimensions of sound art. The exploration of forms sets the stage for experiments, interventions, and performative presences carried out on site by the artists. A continuous dialogue and the collection of verbal reflections frames these activities. In addition to texts, this exposition lays out a collection of audio recordings, photographs, and videos in order to document and convey sensory experiences as well as thoughts.
typeresearch exposition
date01/01/2014
statuspublished
affiliationZurich University of the Arts / Royal Conservatoire Antwerp / Orpheus Institute Gent
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/48986/65823
doihttps://doi.org/10.22501/jar.48986
published inJournal for Artistic Research

comments: 2 (last entry by Iris Garrelfs - 23/09/2014 at 23:23)
David Gorton 22/09/2014 at 13:31

The exposition provides access and insight into a fascinating artistic project in which three sound artists accompanied by a project leader/collaborator/responder explore the German town of Mülheim an der Ruhr through sound recordings, installations, and interventions, and above all through the personal, experiential engagement with the urban soundscape as mediated by their artistic practices. The project management and methods are of particular interest, with the project specifically established as a research project, and the processes of exploration, investigation, and reflection becoming the ‘artistic work’ themselves, rather than just a means for producing a final artistic product. But perhaps of most significance is the mode of presentation of the exposition itself, and the manner in which the authors have addressed the difficult task of presenting and providing access to such ephemeral materials as site- and time-specific artistic process, action, and experience. This is achieved through the use of high-quality photographs, audio, video, and a diversity of writing styles ranging from diary notes to formal discourse, all of which powerfully communicate the artistic investigations, and more importantly the artistic experiences of the participants in their specific time and place. As readers/listeners/viewers our understanding and mediated experience of the place, time, and people of Mülheim an der Ruhr are transformed.

Iris Garrelfs 23/09/2014 at 23:23

Sonozones  is a  very interesting triangulation of sound art at the intersection with music, a very timely and revealing approach to both working with sound and its documentation. It generously explores the specifics of place in its physical and social connotations from complementary artistic perspectives , through personal reflections of process. Each of these sections, embedded in a contextual framework, contributes a different flavour to the overall impression of the project. As a result the exposition may serve as an example of in-depth project documentation that incorporates portrayal and analysis without loosing touch with process. This, in my view, is very valuable as it strengthens the artistic voice within discourse.

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